Cards Against Humanity creates scholarship to help humanity
The creators of Cards Against Humanity, the ridiculously popular “game for horrible people,” announced that the proceeds of their 30-card “Science Pack” expansion pack will be used to set up a scholarship for women pursuing education in a STEM field.
The award will be called the Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship and will fund four years of tuition for one lucky female student studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The company will also throw the weight of its social media presence behind the project and allow the recipient a mouthpiece to share her ideas.
In a press release, CAH’s co-creator Josh Dillion, who is himself studying for a PhD in astrophysics at MIT, said the following:
“Women are underrepresented in science, tech, engineering, and math, and we felt like the funding from this pack could have the greatest impact by making it possible for more women to get an education in those fields, and by giving them a platform to share their work and their passion for science.”
As you might guess the merchants of creative filth behind Cards Against Humanity aren’t your typical businessmen. They crowdfunded the game on Kickstarter and continue to give it away for free in PDF form on their website to anyone who wants to download and print out their own cards labeled with charming things like “Smallpox blankets” or “Dick fingers.”
In that sense the move is just one more bold, unexpected move in a series of bold, unexpected moves that have defined the company. (Last year they made a point about consumerism by selling 30,000 overeager customers boxes of actual bullshit. )
But most impressive is the game’s makers’ willingness to risk their reputation as horrible people by doing something so nice.
For lack of a better term, that’s some tasteful sideboob right there.