A diehard Foo Fighters fan is going to crazy lengths to hang out with frontman Dave Grohl. Rock 108 radio host Frank Pain recently started a GoFundMe page to raise $35,000 to “hang out and high five” Grohl. “I’m his biggest fan and figured I can round up enough scratch to purchase him so we can hang out and high five and shit,” he wrote on the page. “Heck, I may give him a bro-hug or two as well.”
Pain had only raised a small amount when many people started attacking his cause. “This gofundme style fundraising for self-serving, frivolous bullshit has got to stop. Anyone who donates to this fan should be ashamed. Get a job and save the money,” one angry person commented. In response, Pain updated his GoFundMe description to reveal his real motivation in setting up the page. “In short, I did this as a joke merely to distract everyone from all the divisiveness that’s rampant on social media,” he wrote. “I never thought anyone would donate to this.”
He originally said the money would be used to buy beer should Grohl refuse his offer, but he has since shared he will be doing something different with the money in a follow-up video on Facebook. He discussed Grohl’s ability to be a good person and bring people together. He also explained he wishes to be remembered as an overall good person. With that in mind, he will be donating the money he raises to Autism Speaks. “Honestly, this entire thing was meant to make people laugh and leave a positive footprint,” Frank told Complex over email. “I never imagined it would get this crazy. It’s pretty overwhelming—in a good way. Honestly, just pass along the hashtag: #BeAGoodHuman.”
You can watch Pain’s full video explaining the fundraiser and his connection to Autism Speaks below.