Boogie2988 craves empathy and sympathy from strangers

Steven Williams, the man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube released yet another video where he complains and whines about all of his assorted problems, real or otherwise.

I’m still subscribed to his channel, but I stopped watching Boogie2988’s videos. They irritate me too much. This video caught my eye because of the title: Let’s talk about how I’m really doing (100% honest). He all but admits that he lies about almost everything. Why else would he feel the need to add the “100% honest” qualifier?

This is the video in question. I’m sure Steven would appreciate it if you watched it since the number of views for his videos has gotten so low, he’s been resorting to begging for views on Twitter.

From the 59 second mark:

Secondly, there’s a group of people who follow me who are always afraid that I’m playing the victim when I talk about the negative stuff. They’re always afraid I’m trying to invoke empathy and sympathy and certainly, I like all the empathy and sympathy I can get. I’m a human being and we all do want that stuff.

Wrong. Not all human beings want empathy and sympathy, especially from complete strangers. It’s not normal.

Listening to Steven go on and on about all of his assorted health problems, real or otherwise, has made me stop blogging about my own health issues. The last thing I want to do is make it look like I’m mining for empathy or sympathy from strangers. I almost died and I thought it was interesting. That’s why I was blogging about it. I stopped blogging about it, not because Jesus healed me, but because I don’t want to come off looking like an emotional vampire like Boogie2988 (government name Steven Williams).

The emotional vampire is the worst kind of vampire. A regular vampire will suck your blood and kill you. An emotional vampire will drain you of your emotional energy. Plus, regular vampires aren’t real. Emotional vampires are real.

Anyone who knows and/or loves me knows what I’m going through and what I’m about to go through, so there’s no reason to share it here. Unlike Boogie2988, I don’t want empathy and sympathy. Blogging about my health problems was never an attempt to garner sympathy.

People like Boogie2988 disgust me. Not neck bearded fat people, people who want the pity of strangers. I’d rather die than be one of those types of people.

Why are popular YouTubers whining about YouTube?

It seems as though the more popular a YouTuber is, the more likely they will complain about YouTube and the way it presents content to viewers. I don’t get it.

At first, it was mostly Steven Williams, the man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube complaining about the algorithms and how it was resulting in fewer people watching his content.  I figured it was just a Boogie thing because the man loves to complain about stuff. Now Ethan Klein from 3h3Productions is getting into the act.

I don’t see what the problem is. When I want to watch videos from channels I subscribe to, I go to Subscriptions at the top left of the screen.

It shows all the new videos of the channels I subscribe to.

I don’t understand what Ethan’s beef is. He and his wife Hila Klein have 5.6 million subscribers. They have a very high subscriber to viewer ratio. Each of their videos has at least 2.8 million views. Some of their videos have more views than they have subscribers.

On the other hand, Boogie2988 has a low subscriber to viewer ratio. He has 4.4 million subscribers. His videos rarely get over a million views. Most of his videos are lucky to top 100K views. Mostly that’s because his videos are boring. When the videos are about himself, he lies about all sorts of things, contradicting himself from one video to another.

Just because I subscribe to a channel doesn’t mean I’ll watch every video that channel pumps out. I think that’s the problem some of these YouTubers are complaining about. Like it or not, you cannot force viewers to watch your videos, even if they’ve subscribed.

Just because I subscribe to a YouTube channel doesn’t mean I can be forced to watch every video.

You want more people to watch your videos? Make better content. Stop giving your videos clickbait titles. Make videos people will want to watch. Make videos people will want to share on Twitter and Facebook. Stop making the same videos other people are making.

When someone subscribes to your YouTube channel, it’s the start of a relationship, not the end of one. Don’t presume subscribers will watch every video you pump out because they subscribed to your channel.

That’s not the way it works.

Boogie2988 admits YouTube random giveaways are fixed

Steven Williams, the man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube, admitted on Twitter that when he and other YouTubers do “random” giveaways, they vet the winner online to see if they are an “asshole” and if they decide they are, they then randomly pick someone else.

I don’t know if this is illegal or not. I’m not a lawyer. I do watch a lot of Judge Judy and I used to watch L.A. Law. That said, it certainly seems sketchy to me. There are federal laws involving contests and giveaways.

This might make a good topic for lawyer Nick Rekieta, host of the YouTube channel of Rekieta Law to cover in a future episode. 

One of the many problems with this statement is who Steve considers an asshole and what others consider an asshole is probably vastly different. I know by criticizing Steve on my blog for the things he has had his various characters (Boogie2988, Francis, Jessy) say on YouTube and Twitch, I’m probably someone he would deem to be an asshole.

I’m more than fine with that. If Steve thought I was an asshole, it would probably make me feel proud.  Also, I would never put myself in a position where I was trying to win something Steve was randomly giving away to his fans. I’m not a fan. I watch his videos for the unintended entertainment value his content provides.

Steve “Boogie2988” Williams with his creepy dog.

I used to think he was a nice person, but that opinion ended a long time ago. Watch enough of his YouTube videos, you start to pick up inconsistencies with the things he says. This is especially true if you bother to watch his Twitch videos. His content on Twitch really shows what a fake person he is on YouTube.

One of the other problems with his tweet is that he includes other YouTubers into the act of vetting winners of random giveaways. My guess is it was something he spoke about with other YouTubers at the recent YouTube Creator Summit.

I know Steve attended and met with other people who make content on YouTube. I wouldn’t even be surprised if this was something YouTube told creators to do.

If you thought other YouTubers would not appreciate being outed as doing something like this, you would be right:

The first rule of fight club, don’t talk about fight club.

Again, I don’t know if this activity is illegal, but I know it seems sketchy. I learned in the military that even the appearance of inappropriateness is almost as bad as inappropriateness.

Is it inappropriate to pick someone at random to win something and then after checking their online conduct, pick someone else at random? In my opinion, yes.

Boogie2988 is fed up with being suppressed

Steven Williams, the man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube, is whining and crying about how his videos are being suppressed on YouTube. He’s convinced that algorithms and robots are making it hard for his subscribers to see new content.

When in doubt, blame a robot.

The video linked above is a response to a video posted by fellow YouTuber Philip Defranco, yet Boogie2988 didn’t bother to post a link to the Philip Defranco video he was responding to. Here is a link to the Philip Defranco video.

I don’t know why Boogie2988 is sperging out so heavily about this topic. Granted, he makes his living being a YouTube creator. According to him, he was on disability before YouTube came along. Remember that old episode of The Simpsons when Homer wanted to gain a bunch of weight so he could go on disability?

Steven did that in real life. He was so fat, he could not hold a job. His disability would only allow him to play EverQuest and World of Warcraft all day long.

Steven has probably noticed a decline in his viewership compared to his subscription numbers. As of this morning, YouTube shows he has 4.4 million subscribers. His videos rarely crack a million views. They rarely crack even a half million views. 

Most of Steven’s subscribers don’t watch his videos.

When I go to YouTube to watch videos, I go directly to my subscription feed:

Click on the above link and it will take you to your subscribed YouTube channels (if you’re logged into your Google account).  I have this link bookmarked. When I go there, it shows me all the new videos of the creators I subscribe to. I’ve never been suppressed by a robot or an algorithm from watching videos I want to see.

I’ve got to believe that if people really wanted to watch Boogie’s videos, they’d watch his videos. Instead of whining about robots and mystery algorithms he has no control over, Steven should concentrate on the things he does have control over. He should make better videos. For example, if he’s going to respond to another YouTuber, he should link to the video he’s responding to.

Maybe he should try making videos that aren’t aimed at invoking sympathy from his viewers. Although some of his viewers may enjoy listening to him complain about his problems, real or imagined, others may not.

Some people go to YouTube solely to be entertained. The only entertainment I get from watching a Boogie2988 video is watching him contradict himself. Luckily for me, he does that a lot.


Female shooter attacks YouTube headquarters, wounds three

Nasim Najafi Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman from San Diego, traveled to YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California and began shooting random YouTube employees with a 9mm handgun. She wounded three people before turning her weapon on herself. One of her victims remains in critical condition.

Aghdam was reportedly upset with how YouTube was “filtering” her videos so that nobody was seeing them. Evidently, she was echoing many of the same complaints made by Steven Williams, the man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube, in a recent video. Boogie2988 has since removed his video, claiming it was out of respect for the people harmed yesterday.

My guess his motivation for removing the video has more to do with self-preservation than respect or solidarity for anyone at YouTube. He complained about the same things Nasim Najafi Aghdam complained about.

Was the shooter a subscriber to Boogie2988’s channel? I know from interacting with a few of his fans in the Boogie2988 comment section on YouTube, he has more than his fair share of weirdo fans. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest of the shooter was a regular viewer of Boogie2988’s content.

Maybe that is something law enforcement will look into. Not that it would really matter. Even if she did watch his videos, it doesn’t make Steven Williams in any way responsible for Aghdam’s actions.


The YouTube algorithms are out to get Boogie2988

Steven Williams, the man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube, has scanned his current threat environment and has identified a new threat to his wellbeing: the YouTube algorithm.

He posted a video complaining about YouTube and its algorithm the other day.

If I understand what Boogie is throwing down, and maybe I don’t, he expects people who’ve subscribed to his channel to see his videos appear as a Recommended video.

I’m not sure that’s how it’s supposed to work.

I think everyone uses YouTube differently. I have my subscription feed bookmarked and when I want to watch a YouTube video, I go to my bookmarked link. Just because I subscribe to a channel doesn’t mean I ever watch videos on that channel.

Why subscribe to a channel if you don’t watch the videos? Because if a YouTuber’s video is generating buzz elsewhere, it’s easier to find and watch that video if you’re subscribed to the YouTuber’s channel. It’s not like it costs anything to subscribe to a YouTube channel. There’s no drawback to subscribing to a YouTube channel you never watch.

Boogie2988 currently has 4.4 million subscribers. Very rarely, especially recently, do his videos get that many views. For example, the video above in which he complains about YouTube and its algorithm shows 87,000 views.

That’s a fraction of his subscriber base.

Most, if not all, of Boogie2988’s most watched videos, were made years ago when he was doing a bit and playing one of his characters. Most people didn’t realize it was a bit. His most watched video is Dramatic Fat Guy Splash. It was published in 2011 and has over 35 million views. It’s a 37-second video of a shirtless Steven Williams falling backward into a swimming pool.

Boogie2988’s second most watched video is Francis Rages – Where’s My Goddamned Mountain Dew?  It was published in 2011 and has almost 17 million views. It’s a bit where he is “Francis” sperging out about not being able to find his beloved Mountain Dew.

His most recent highly watched video was Open Letter to Logan Paul. He published it three months ago and it has a little less than 3.5 million views. I think most of that video’s viewers were probably Logan Paul fans or people curious about the incident where Logan Paul was in Japan and made a video about someone killing themselves in a forest. I didn’t watch it. I don’t like Logan Paul and I have no interest in an open letter to him.

Most Boogie2988 subscribers do not watch his videos. If they did, each of his videos would have around 4.4 million views.

Steven can address that fact in different ways. He can try to make better content so people will want to watch his videos, or he can blame YouTube and its algorithm.

It appears he chose the latter.

I freely admit I’m not a typical Boogie2988 viewer. I watch his videos because I think most of the stuff he says is so absurd, it’s entertaining. I don’t watch any of his Francis videos because I don’t think they’re funny. When Steven tries to be funny, I don’t find him to be funny. What I find funny is when he is completely serious, especially when I catch him in a lie or better even yet, multiple lies.

That’s not to say I’ve always felt this way. I used to watch his videos because I thought he was a nice guy who had interesting things to say. I then gradually realized over time he was fake, lied frequently, and was often just trolling for sympathy he didn’t deserve.

Update (4 April 2018)

In light of the YouTube shooter Nasim Najafi Aghdam, Steven removed his video complaining about many of the same things Aghdam complained about.

If he believed the things he said in the video, I don’t understand why he would remove it.