Posted on April 26, 2012 · Posted in General

I can’t take it anymore. I’m tired of people failing to see what’s happening to Caine’s Arcade. Everyone has their arms around this child and his story but the sad thing is that the people around him are getting ready to cash in on the child DIY genius.

As I said in my previous post, my criticisms aren’t directed toward Caine. I think he’s an awesome kid who deserves the praise he’s received but I’m worried about the people around him that are suddenly in a position to make life-altering decisions that may not have his best interests in mind.

So what set me off? Why write this? Two things:

The New Yorker published an article rehashing the backstory and checking in on the cast of characters. When you read between the lines, you begin to see what’s really happening.

Naturally, there’s a TV series in the works, which will document young kids who make things, and match them with storytellers and entrepreneurs. … Hollywood studios have started circling for the film rights. A major studio has proposed that Mullick, whose longest film has a running time of eleven minutes, make a hundred-million-dollar, live-action feature based on the story of three characters in the film who were destined to meet.

When you read through the article, you realize that the movement is no longer Caine’s Arcade, it’s the Nirvan Mullick show featuring Caine Monroy. Like I said in the previous post, people are putting a lot of pressure on Caine and no doubt a TV show and movie could make that pressure grow exponentially. The fact that they are already discussing a movie and TV show, even if they fall through, shows you how little consideration people have for Caine’s future. Those endeavors will eat up valuable years that kids his age need to spend playing with friends, riding bikes and running around the neighborhood.

Of course the person behind Caine’s success knew this was going to be big. Long before the 11-minute movie was published on YouTube and Vimeo, the goal of sending him to college was already in place along with a slick website. It was all planned and Nirvan knew what he had come across when he played at Caine’s Arcade that fateful day: a paycheck.

Caine already has a foundation, whose cryptic mission statement of “Discovering, fostering, and funding creativity and entrepreneurship in more young kids like Caine,” makes the organization sound like a venture capital firm. How exactly will they accomplish their goals? Does Caine have any input? Probably not.

Or maybe Caine is getting 100% of every dollar collected and the people around him are working for free. That might be true considering they put out a job posting today looking for an unpaid intern (which may violate labor laws).

I won’t go through every detail of what they were looking for but essentially someone with that skill set would make 40-50k working at an agency in Austin.

You’d think with a tv show in development and movie rights likely to be auctioned they could afford to pay someone. You’d think that people would realize he’s a kid who isn’t ready for the pressure of adult life. You’d think the people responsible for making sure Caine goes far in life wouldn’t make shortsighted decisions.

But that’s the problem with adults. A child sees a cardboard arcade, adults see a million dollar franchise. Does Caine deserve to earn money from his work? Of course he does but how much of the pie will go to the people claiming credit for making him who he is? Stay tuned.