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Boogie2988 Talks About Weight, Bullying, and Depression: All Topics Are Sacred

"Hey boogie, why all the 'fat' videos?" Boogie2988 explains that he can't let fear prevent him from helping others.

If you aren't already familiar with the name Boogie2988, you may have heard of his YouTube alter-ego, Francis, the arm-flailing fan-raging manchild known for rant videos like this one. But when Boogie isn't using the Francis character to parody the gamer stereotype, he's using the same YouTube channel to publish passionate and articulate criticisms of gaming culture and the games industry. 

As of late, Francis and Boogie fans alike may have noticed a sudden shift in the content coming out of the YouTube channel--specifically, more videos regarding health, fat hate, and fat acceptance. Boogie has attempted to explain this by way of his rambling series, and today took to Twitter to explain the shift in greater detail.

"I guess about a year ago I stopped talking about things I deemed important. I used to talk about all kinds of important things. Being fat. Being depressed. Being suicidal. Diversity. Bullying. Coping with death."

He explains how negative feedback discouraged him from focusing on these subjects.

"A few dozen death threats later you can imagine I became genuinely scared to make these videos."

"I'm no longer going to let myself be scared to do the work I feel is the most important. I plan to still do unboxings, and talk about gaming, and do francis rage sketches, and everything else. But probably about once a week I'm going to be covering more serious topics if I can come up with one to discuss. I'm not going to let anyone make me be afraid to do my life's work any more."

If you're interested in hearing Boogie's thoughts on Fate Hate VS Fat Acceptance, or just watching more embarrasing Francis rage videos, check out his channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/boogie2988

Here is the full text of his statement:

TwitLonger - When you talk too much for Twitter

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Published May. 26th 2015
  • OrganisedDinosaur
    Correspondent
    Discovered Boogie a year or two ago. His Draw My Life was pretty inspiring.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    I didn't know this side of him... I thought he was just the raging loony and I couldn't take him seriously... but I just watched some extracts of his coherent stuff, and he' a pretty put together guy! I won't be watching his stuff, as I already have too many subs on YouTube... but I wish him all the best, and it's good to know he has a brain.
  • Pip Simon
    Featured Contributor
    This is a great article. I hope more and more people discover how great Boogie is!
  • Victor Ren
    Columnist
    Boogie has always been a pretty cool personality on Youtube, and his weight issues have plagued him ever since the start of his career. If you look at his "Draw My Life" you really feel for the guy, and wish him the best. People on the internet can be nasty, and the veil of being anonymous just further promotes mean behavior.

    Best of luck to Boogie. There also use to be another guy on Youtube called WingsofRedemption, and although it may have not all been problems with his weight, Wings just always suffered with depression and negative thinking.

    Boogie seems to be taking a real courageous route to help people, and anyone trying to make a difference in the world comes off as some of the best role models to look up to.

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