Last week Busy Philipps admitted that last year she made most of her money from shilling shit on Instagram and not from her acting career. That doesn’t mean Busy doesn’t still try to act. Earlier this year, it was announced Busy would star in The Sackett Sisters, a comedy created by Tina Fey for NBC. Unfortunately, it may not get picked up.
Last night, Busy did an Instagram story where she said that like many pilots that get made, the pilot for The Sackett Sisters might not get picked up by NBC. People magazine says Busy tearfully explained that she’s bummed out about the possibility of her show being shelved. She added that she’s been acting since she was 19 (she’s 37 now), and that the rejection never gets any easier. At the end of her story, she lightened things up by thanking a random person for sending her a dollar on Venmo as a thank you for all of her Instagram stories. She then joked that she’d be okay with more donations.
“Shout out to the random person I don’t know who just paid me a dollar on Venmo for my Instagram Stories. So if you guys want to find me on Venmo and start paying me, that’d be chill.”
A whole lot of Busy’s fans took her up on that offer. Earlier today, Busy took a break from the Disney Cruise she’s on with her family (that she wants you to know she paid for) to film another Instagram story saying that fans had taken her suggestion seriously and donated $1. In another video, she admitted that her Venmo account was up $500 from all the fans who felt so bad for her. If the Mother Teresa in you is feeling compelled to give a dollar to Michelle Williams’ best friend, save it. Busy explained in another video that, while she appreciates the gesture, she really doesn’t need your money.
“Okay guys I love you, but you don’t have to pay me on Venmo. So many people have started paying me a dollar on Venmo. It’s really awesome and so sweet, but you really don’t. Don’t. Save your dollars for someone else. It’s really funny because I’m just flooded with these notifications that I’m getting a dollar from strangers.”
The Sackett Sisters hasn’t officially been sacked; there is still a chance NBC could pick it up. This seems like an awful lot of donation drama for a charity that doesn’t even technically need to exist yet.
Busy taught a very good lesson today. If you ask your fans for money on social media, your fans will come through. Other celebrities should keep that in mind. If the FTC really does start cracking down on Instagram whoring, celebrities are going to see a noticeable dip in their income. At least they know there’s always the option to just straight-up beg for cash. They just have to remember to cover their face in tears when they do it. Tears are key! And if they can’t cry on command, they should invest in a $8.99 bottle of glycerine tears. Hey, you’ve got to spend money to make money.