As Corey Feldman’s long-awaited documentary was delayed online due to technical difficulties, people on Twitter reacted angrily to the news. The live stream showed between 10 to 20 minutes of the film and then quit. Feldman said hackers were affecting the website, but people on Twitter reacted with skepticism, fearing the whole thing was a scam or a stunt. Meanwhile, reporters who attended the screening said that the film was shown for them. Here’s a look at how Twitter reacted to the delay.
Feldman Said the Online Live Stream Was Hacked, But Journalists Got To Watch the Entire Film at a Screening
Near the beginning of the screening, Feldman said that the live stream was being hacked.
At first he said both the screening and the live stream were delayed because he wanted everyone to watch together. He ultimately decided to let the people in attendance watch, while the people waiting online never got to see the documentary.
This left a lot of people tweeting concern that the whole thing was a scam, until later when journalists did reveal that they were able to watch the entire film. Tim Chan of the Rolling Stone said he watched it, but he didn’t give many details. He wrote on Twitter:
Chan wrote: “Update: we screened the whole film. Regardless of how you feel about Corey Feldman, the topics he’s bringing up in the documentary are important and worth paying attention to. Does the film offer clarity? Maybe. Will it change the industry? TBD. Off to bed, more thoughts to come.”
Amy Kaufman of the LA Times also tweeted about the documentary, which she got to view, and she named one of the people that Feldman named in the film.
Here’s another video from someone with Next News Network who watched the screening and is saying the movie is legitimate.
Now Feldman is saying he’s not sure if Tuesday’s stream will work either.
@AshleyHume tweeted: “#Mytruthdoc ended and Corey said it didn’t feel right to continue with the panel discussion. Says he doesn’t know if the streaming will work tomorrow but is hoping a distributor will pick it up now.”
But people online are not happy about how things played out.
People Are Angry They Couldn’t See the Film Streamed Online
People who tried to watch online and had purchased $20 tickets were left in the dark. It took 90 minutes or more before they were even told that they wouldn’t get to see the film the day of its release, and even then the details were murky.
Many people on Twitter are angry that they weren’t kept updated by Feldman and they’re still skeptical about the hack. Several people called the whole thing a scam.
@ZacksBracelets9 wrote: “4 hours since your last tweet. You would think if all of us payed to watch you wouldn’t of showed it at the premiere tonight. You should of canceled it. So I’m thinking this was well planned and you just wanted money. I want my money back.”
Others felt the same about not getting an update from Feldman on Twitter.
And Hunter wrote: “It was for sure a scam. You couldn’t tell by the disclaimer?”
Roderick Cairns wrote: “The word from those attending the screening is that there’s no new information. Just the same old accusations… If that’s true, it isn’t going to quieten the voices currently screaming ‘scam.'”
Elijaysa1 wrote that it was either a scam or “the most incompetently run event in the history of streaming.”
But others insisted that this is not a scam. Marisa Wren wrote: “There is no scam, I don’t want to see comments like that. Something happened but Corey will get it worked out I’m sure. Hold tight, the truth is coming. We believe in you Corey, stay safe.”
Tina Marie wrote a disappointed message late that night:
“Any update at all would have been nice considering you screened it live, while everyone at home waited. Not cool to not just keep us in the loop,” she wrote.
In fact, three hours after Feldman first tweeted about the movie airing, he still hadn’t left an update on Twitter.
The only message for streaming viewers was left on his website, telling them that they would receive access to watch the film “as soon as possible.”
Some people are asking for refunds.
Others are just concerned for anyone who paid.
While some called this a scam, others responded that they trusted Feldman.
@Laavenderr wrote: “Regardless, to go into this without having any expectation of something like a hacking happening is foolish. Corey has been saying for decades about how money is the root of all evil. This was not about money, Corey has money. Corey has always been a sound guy, this wasn’t a scam.”
It’s not clear if refunds will even be available for people who paid, or if people will even be able to watch online for Tuesday’s livestream. The TOS indicates that people bought the tickets and used the service at their sole risk and the stream could be stopped for any reason.
You can see an archive of the TOS for MyTruthDoc.com here.
Feldman’s website indicated that people who paid would get access at some point in the future.
To learn more about possible refunds and how the Terms of Service may affect that, see Heavy’s story here.