Perfect example why I don’t like Boogie2988

Sometimes people ask me what I have against Boogie2988. First of all, Boogie2988 is not a real person. He’s a character played by Steven Williams. Not only is it a character, what version of the character you get depends greatly on the platform on which you view it.

If you watch Boogie2988 on YouTube, you’ll get a sweet, nice guy who tells you at the end of each video he loves you. If you watch Boogie2988 on his Twitch channel, you’ll get something else altogether. For example, the following video is from Twitch. Boogie2988 showed his viewers how he performs oral sex on a female prostitute, culminating in strangling her while he grunts, “Die… die!

(Warning: Don’t watch this video unless you have a strong constitution.)

Steven Williams is a disgusting individual

What strikes me about this revolting video is it was recorded in the same room he records his YouTube videos. He has a Yoda print on the wall. Another print has the words, BOOM!, WHAM!, and ZAP! There’s also a Darth Vader print. There are more toys and trinkets that I can count. If you didn’t know this was the recording studio of 43-year-old Steven Williams, you’d think it was the bedroom of a developmentally challenged 12-year-old boy.

It’s only a matter of time before more people realize what a pathetic fake Steven Williams is. I stopped watching his videos. I think a lot of other people have too. Although he currently has over 4.5 million subscribers, his videos rarely crack 200,000 views.

Anita Sarkeesian is an astute judge of character

Renowned feminist and video game critic Anita-Sarkeesian.

I have to hand it to Anita Sarkeesian. Her spidey-sense was activated at Vidcon 2017 when she appeared on a cyberbullying panel with Steven. When he asked her after the panel if he could take a selfie with her, she refused. I don’t care much for Anita Sarkeesian, but I have to hand it to her for knowing what a revolting piece of human excrement Mr. Williams is. Before appearing on the panel with him, I doubt she had ever heard of him. She was able to quickly ascertain what type of person he was.

I don’t hate Steven Williams. I hate fake people. Steven Williams, pound for pound, it’s the fakest person in North America.

Boogie2988 threatens suicide in a Twitter argument

The man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube, Steven Williams, was in a Twitter argument with someone and he threatened to kill himself. The person reading this threat called the authorities who in turn performed a welfare check on Boogie2988. There was a knock on the door and when he answered it, he found police, firemen, and paramedics at his front door.

Boogie2988 was able to talk his way out of it. Remember, he talks for a living.

There’s a suicide king, but not a king of suicide threats.

What’s even more irresponsible than threating to kill yourself to a random stranger on Twitter? Going on Twitch shortly after the welfare check to vent about it. That’s what Boogie2988 did.

Boogie2988’s Twitch streams are even harder to watch than his YouTube videos are. People in the chat are able to interrupt him by triggering sound effects. These include, “You’ve got to get paid to get laid you’all.” and “Welcome to the sub club.” Also, people can communicate with him by giving him money and having their text read on the stream with a creepy female robot voice.

Suicidal Tendencies

He doesn’t seem to have any control over these things. In fact, you could probably say that about everything about Boogie2988, he doesn’t seem to have any control over anything. He had to get gastric bypass surgery to force him to eat less and lose weight.

People in the chat were telling him to hire someone to take over his social media accounts, mainly Twitter. Boogie2988 said over and over that’s not possible. Why he said that I don’t know. It sounded like sound advice, especially considering that we’re supposed to believe communicating on Twitter is giving Boogie2988 suicidal tendencies.

Suicidal tendencies as in the propensity to take your own life, not the band from the 1980s.

My advice to Boogie2988

If I were in a position to lend advice to Boogie2988, I’d encourage him to hire someone to take over his Twitter account. If interacting on Twitter gives him suicidal tendencies, I think it’s a sign he needs to step back. I’d also encourage him to stop streaming on Twitch. I thought Twitch was a service so people can watch you play video games. That’s not what his Twitch channel seems to be about. It’s about people giving him money in small-dollar increments.

I’d encourage him to put more work in his YouTube videos. They’ve gotten to the point were they’re unwatchable. He puts his face very close to the camera, making his videos uncomfortable to watch. I’d also redecorate the room he makes videos in so it doesn’t look like a 12-year-old boy’s bedroom.

If exercise felt good, they wouldn’t call it exercise

I’d also encourage him to work harder at losing weight. According to him, he hasn’t lost weight in months. I think he expected the surgery to do all the work for him. It’s been a year now since his surgery. Whatever the surgery was able to do for him, it’s probably already done it. He now has to concentrate on working what he can do to lose weight like a normal person with diet and exercise. When he tries to exercise, he claims it hurts too much. That’s true for everyone, especially when they get older.

If he began working hard at losing weight, he’d be able to incorporate it in his YouTube videos. He would then have content worth watching.

It would also help Boogie2988 if he stopped lying. He’s not good at it. He’s constantly contradicting himself. New lies do not mesh well with past lies. If you don’t lie, you don’t have to have a good memory. I don’t think Boogie2988 has a very good memory.

I’m a famous YouTuber. Now pay my hospital bills

There’s a guy named Wedge. That’s not his government name. That’s his online name. He runs a popular Magic: The Gathering YouTube channel called The Mana Source.

While in Las Vegas for a Magic: The Gathering tournament, Wedge experienced debilitating back pain. The next morning, he awoke to find out he couldn’t move his legs. Someone called an ambulance and doctors performed emergency spine surgery.

The good news is Wedge is going to be alright. The bad news is he doesn’t have health insurance.

Reportedly he now owes over $200,000 in hospital bills. He wants his fans to pay 75 percent of that. A GoFundMe was started. As of this morning, he’s been able to raise $73,242.

Why didn’t Wedge have health insurance?

Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed into law in 2010, people have been required to have health insurance. If they choose not to have health insurance, they’re breaking the law and they have to pay a fine. A person cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. By all accounts, Wedge is in a place financially where he could afford health insurance. If he can afford to travel to a Magic The Gathering tournament in  Las Vegas, then he can afford health insurance.

Life is a series of choices

He chose not to have insurance. He rolled the 20-sided die and lost. Instead of facing the financial consequences of his shitty choice, he wants his YouTube viewers to bear most of those financial consequences.

As I type this, I’m recovering from my own major surgery. As it turned out, if I didn’t have the surgery, I could have died. We didn’t even know that going in. My surgeon discovered it on the operating table. The thing is, I have health insurance. I’ve had health insurance my entire adult life. It’s not cheap, it’s not very affordable. Not only do we pay monthly premiums, we have a large deductible that must first be met before the co-payments kick in. Once a certain threshold is met on the co-payments, everything is paid by the insurance company. Leading up to the surgery, we spent so much out of pocket that we easily reached that threshold.

For example, on March 7 I went and had a colonoscopy. I had to pay $1,018 out of pocket just for walking in the door. Even when you have health insurance, you end up paying a lot of money out of pocket.

Will Wedge now get health insurance?

Who knows if Wedge will now go out and get health insurance like he’s supposed to. I guess it depends on how comfortable he is living on the kindness of strangers. If it was me, I would feel very uncomfortable receiving money from people I didn’t even know. Then again, I would never be in a situation where I didn’t have health insurance. I’d worked a lot of terrible jobs in my life and one of the primary reasons I continued to work at them was for the health insurance.

I not only follow the law, I practice common sense.

How many YouTubers don’t have health insurance?

Will someone please go and fund me?

I wonder how many other popular YouTubers don’t have health insurance. I guess we won’t find out until they start asking their fans to pay their hospital bills. Even then, we won’t really know who has health insurance. You can say you don’t have health insurance and need people to donate money to you. It’s not like you can just call up the hospital and verify the bill. This is all very much a faith-based system. You have to have faith the person raising the money actually needs it for their hospital bills and not something more nefarious.

Wedge takes a break from asking people to pay his medical bills to lecture them on what words they’re allowed to use.

When people elect not to buy health insurance and then cannot pay their medical bills, it’s normally the people that have health insurance who cover the costs. The price of treating the uninsured is rolled into the cost of what the insured pay. It’s an unfair system. This is why the Affordable Care Act included a health insurance mandate. It wasn’t fair for the insured to pay for the uninsured.

YouTube should look into this

Before YouTube cuts a check for a YouTuber, they should have to first prove they have health insurance, especially if that YouTuber is making serious money. It would be easy to do. All the YouTuber would need to do is take a photo of the front and the back of their health insurance card and upload it. Uber requires something very similar for proof of a drivers license and insurance. A typical Uber driver makes far less money than a typical YouTuber.

I think it makes YouTube look bad to have their content creators beg for money, money they need because they refused to follow the law. Some YouTubers are critical of how Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, and James Corden seem to take up so much bandwidth on YouTube. At least you don’t have to worry about them ever setting up a GoFundMe to pay their hospital bills because they chose not have insurance.

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.