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: