Boogie2988 appeared on the H3 Podcast and lied

While in Southern California for VidCon 2018, Boogie2988 appeared on the H3 podcast with hosts Ethan and Hila Klein.

Lots of things were talked about including what happened at last year’s event when Boogie2988 appeared on a CyberBullying panel. One of the other guests on stage was the infamous Anita Sarkeesian. If you believe Boogie2988, Sarkeesian chewed him out after the panel.

Maybe she did, maybe she didn’t. I don’t really care. If he didn’t want to get into it with her, he should have just driven his scooter chair away. Better yet, he shouldn’t have even appeared on the panel with her. He loves video games. She hates video games, is anti-free speech, and would like to ban most video games because they’re sexist and misogynistic. Boogie2988 makes a living because of free speech and video games.

From the H3 podcast (50 seconds in):

I’m going to repeat the thing that got me in so much trouble: here I am sitting in a place of perceived privilege. I and straight. I am white. I am male. And you guys think that makes me bulletproof, but it doesn’t. I’ve had people show up at my door to say nasty shit to my face. I’ve had them send boxes of shit to my front door. I’ve had them send black dildos to my PO box.

If you are a straight white male and you’re in this audience and you think you’re immune to it, get to my level of notoriety and you’ll get shit too.

You don’t have to get to Boogie2988’s level of notoriety to get shit on the Internet.

Are black dildos less collectible?

Why the emphasis that the dildo was black? Does that make it worse somehow? Don’t they make dildos in lots of different colors? When you set up a PO box and ask people to send you things, it’s not all going to be Pokemon plushies and packs of Magic: The Gathering cards. You should expect a dildo every now and then.

Boogie claimed what he said on the H3 Podcast was basically word for word what he said at the panel. Was it?

Here’s a transcript of his appearance on the 2017 Vidcon Cyberbullying panel (51:23):

Moderator: We only have about five minutes left. I just want to ask if anyone has any final thoughts before we close up.

Boogie2988: I’ve got a doozy if I can. Oh okay, I practiced this for weeks. I think sometimes because we do talk about certain subsets of people specifically people without privilege some people can get the misconception that only those groups are targeted. I say this as the only male on this panel and I say this as a white cis male, a person who’s in a place of privilege that I understand some communities have it worse but I have trouble really understanding them because of the depths of what we’ve gone through.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, a few years back we had someone put out a hit on my wife on the TOR network for thirty-five hundred bucks and then they sent me the link and they delivered a pizza to my house to let us know they are there. The absurd thing is they had an address wrong. They had my friend’s address because a friend had left a box at my house and the box had a label and the label appeared in a video. So I had to call my friend and say, “Jason, get out of your house. They’re going to kill you.” And he said, “What are you talking about?” I sent him a screen cap and the doorbell rings and it’s Dominoes. And he said, “We don’t want any pizza, please.”

We’ve had boxes of feces delivered to our homes. We’ve had threats on my life, my family. We’ve been made to feel very, very uncomfortable. And I don’t say this to dismiss anyone else’s pain or to say that I have it worse because I genuinely don’t believe that I do. I just want to say that if it can happen to me, and I’m coming from a place of privilege, I think it can happen to anyone.

It can happen to any of you who choose to create tomorrow. And I think when we get that misconception. I think that… we have naysayers. Well, it’s not worse for you, it’s not worse for people of color. I think that when we focus it on a human rights issue, not a woman’s issue, not a man’s issue. Not a gay or straight issue or a fat person or skinny person issue.

When it’s a human rights issue that affects us all at least in some way, I feel we can unite these subsets, these groups of these different people and I think we can fight it together and when we do that, I think that’s how we actually could potentially beat cyberbullying. But we have to unite into a strong group to do that.

I now see Anita Sarkeesian’s point

Listening to this so I could write out a word for word transcript really opened my eyes. I see why Anita Sarkeesian was so pissed at him. I’d be pissed off too.

When the moderator said they had about five minutes left and asked if anyone had any final thoughts, Boogie had just finished speaking. Hearing there were only five more minutes left for the panel, he proceeds to speak for another three and a half minutes.

Doctor Who is a Time Lord, Boogie2988 is a Time Hog

The words that came forth from Boogie2988’s mouth really were a doozy. First of all, he says the hit was taken out on his wife, not him. This would confirm women do have it worse when it comes to cyberbullying. He can’t see that. He’s always the victim. Even when his wife was threatened, he has to make it all about himself.

And the pizza being sent to his friend’s house? I think it really was sent to his house, but he was trying to throw some chaff and flares towards the person who ordered him the pizza, to make them think they don’t have the correct address when in fact they really do.

An Air Force C-130 dropping chaff and flares.

Even Boogie2988 gets confused about who’s house it was sent to. First, it was his house, then it was his friend’s house.

You will notice not once during the VidCon 2017 panel does he mention a perceived privilege.  He said:

  • He was a person who’s in a “place of privilege.”
  • I’m coming from a “place of privilege.”

This was when I lost all respect for Boogie2988. He was repeating the same old canard that straight white men are somehow privileged. As a white, straight male I can assure you this sexist and racial stereotype is not at all accurate.

It was then that I stopped being a fan of Boogie2988. I continued to watch his videos, but with a more critical eye. Once I started doing that, I couldn’t get over how much lying he did. The man lies all the time. I’ve come to the conclusion he may not even realize he’s doing it.

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 and his roommate Chad just hanging out

The above is a screen grab taken of Steven Williams, the man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube sitting shirtless at his computer with his loyal roommate Chad hovering in the background.

Who is Chad? He’s Steven’s roommate. The two met while playing Magic The Gathering years ago.

Steven has had Chad the roommate for years, even when he was married to now ex-wife Desiree Williams. Chad evidently gave Steven a place to live back when Steven was homeless and had nowhere else to go. Chad then later saved Steven’s life when Chad found him in bed dying from a serious infection. Chad took Steven to the hospital which allowed medical staff to cure Steven’s infection.

Steven has been indebted to Chad ever since.

Now that Steven is rolling in all that YouTube money, he’s repaying Chad by giving him a permanent place to live in his fancy YouTube house.

So why is Steven shirtless? Some on Reddit have asked that same question. My theory is that Steven and Chad just finished playing one-on-one basketball where Chad was shirts and Steven was skins. Before hitting the showers, maybe Steven wanted to check his email to see if he had any new messages from Philip DeFranco, Ethan Klein, or some other top YouTubers Steven is friends with.

What else could it be?