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.

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.