The name Hunter Moore could strike fear in the hearts of even the most tattoo-encrusted rock 'n' roller. His site, Is Anyone Up?, was an online museum of nakedness, posting -- in its year of existence -- hundreds of nude photos of band members from the middle and lower echelons of hard rock. As of this morning, it is no more.
The site's domain has been taken over by a destination that calls itself BullyVille, and boasts that it is the "first anti-bullying social website and media platform." It should be noted, however, that one of BullyVille's affiliated sites, CheaterVille, has raised some eyebrows itself, allowing users to anonymously post details of purported relationship indiscretions.
Nevertheless, Moore claims to have changed his tune in a letter explaining the closure. "The site was started for the scene and I tried to keep it that way as long as I could by supporting bands and giving them reasonable prices on ad space," Moore wrote. "The bills were getting too insane and I had to turn to the porn game for extra money but it’s too shady."
In an interview with The Times last fall, Moore was defiant. Photos on his site were submitted anonymously by users, and the pictures were organized under general categories such as "girls," "guys" and "band." The presentation was crude, and Moore didn't sound too concerned about repercussions that his site might cause. "I understand it can hurt your reputation and your job and yadda yadda yadda," Moore said when asked about those who wanted a photo taken down.