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Steven Jay Williams (born July 24, 1974YouTuber and commentator who makes gaming-related videos discussing gaming news, personal rambling vlogs, and character sketches, the most famous of which is his character Francis, a childish lisp-afflicted adult with a tendency to smash various objects.), better known online as boogie2988 (or simply Boogie, also known as Francis) is an American
- 1 About
- 2 History
- 3 Controversies
- 4 Subscriber Milestones
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Gallery
He made a video commemorating his 1000th video and took this moment to truly thank his fans for their support and the overwhelmingly positive effect the channel and the whole experience has had on his life.
Steven began the channel on April 5, 2006, and has been expanding since then. His first video was a 49 second clip titled Playing Dungeons and Dragons and simply showed Boogie playing the game with a few friends. Before this, he had a video titled promiscuous girl, fat guy which is currently unlisted due to copyright infringement.
Steven has mainly dedicated his channel to vlogs, where he talks about gaming news and upcoming games, he also does Rambling vlogs where he shares things about his everyday life. His most popular videos have been those involving his character Francis where he rages on various topics, and more often than not, smashes stuff. Other characters include the patriotic southern redneck Jessy who features in his own series Jessy Weighs In.
He also streams on Twitch.tv 3-5 times a week. Where he plays various video games, often in a comedic way. He also sings karaoke versions of songs and even has a few original raps.
His main source of content is through YouTube and Twitch, but he has also created other fan bases on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Tumblr and has recently rebooted his gaming channel boogieplays. He currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Steven was born on July 24, 1974 in St. Paul, Virginia. Steven's father Carl was a coal miner and his mother Wanda was a teacher. Boogie had an older brother named Bryan and an older sister called Karla. After his siblings left home, he was left alone with his mother, as his father was always working.
When he was a teenager, he went to a pre-collegiate program called Upward Bound, where he made many friends and his first girlfriend. He then went to the University of Virginia, but flunked out after breaking up with his girlfriend. His brother then gave him the opportunity to move to Fayetteville, Arkansas to reinvent himself. He learnt how to code and became a web designer. He made many friends who he played Magic the Gathering with. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with lymphedema, and a doctor tried to amputate his leg, but Boogie wouldn't let him. The lack of being able to exercise caused Boogie to become more overweight, and he became more depressed. Shortly after, his father died of cancer. His mother then had a fall and broke her leg. It would never heal, so she couldn't work. Boogie has said that this event pushed her over the edge.
As the internet got bigger, the demand for web designers decreased, until Boogie had no money left. He was supported by his roommate until he discovered YouTube in 2006. He was very surprised that not everyone who watched his videos were mean some were kind and found it funny. After making a video of his character, Francis, being hacked in World of Warcraft, Boogie was given a shoutout from Ray William Johnson, which caused him to have a boom in subscribers, and could start to support himself from YouTube.
In October 2009, he received a phone call that his mother was in the hospital due to renal failure. He went to visit her, and she died whilst he was there. He later met Desiree Dez who had seen his videos. She eventually moved down to Arkansas to live with him, and they got married in 2013.
Much of this is recorded in his Draw My Life video. His Draw My Life is one of the most viewed videos on the channel. He is very open about the health issues he has been living with as a result of being so overweight, and touches on the topic often in his Rambling vlogs.
On June 25, 2016, Boogie was hacked and the hackers closed his channel. Thanks to being at VidCon at the time of the hack, Steven was able to recover his channel and videos with expert assistance from staff at Google and YouTube who were in attendance.
In late 2016, McJuggerNuggets and Boogie created a collaboration series on McJuggerNuggets YouTube channel that followed the premise of Boogie being a guy with a multiple personality, Francis, that wanted nothing more than to have Jesse McJuggerNuggets in his posession and revived the beloved McJuggerNuggets series, The Psycho Series, which he ended in June of that same year. The series supposedly ended in December 2016, but later resurfaced in July 2017 in McJuggerNuggets' 2017 series, The Devil Inside. In this collaboration, his multiple personality issue and obsession with Jesse was resolved. The collaboration for that series has since then ended the same month it started.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
On August 1, 2017, Steven received gastric bypass surgery to help with his morbid obesity. As of February 2019, Steven has dropped from over 500 lbs to 347 lbs. According to Steven, this is the lowest he has weighed since 1992, when he graduated from high school at 380 lbs.
On December 19, 2017, Steven announced via a YouTube video that he and his wife were getting a divorce, which was finalized on February 13, 2018. He gave an explanation to this on Reddit, stating, “I think the reason we separated was more simple. She wasn't happy and wanted to leave to see if she could be happy. She waited until she knew I was gonna be ok, post surgery, before she left.” Additionally, Steven has also spoken about his divorce whilst on the H3H3 podcast.
During April 11-13, 2019 as mentioned on his Twitter account, Steven took a dental implant surgery to replace all of his teeth, of which 17 out of 19 were infected due to poor maintenance.
Twitch Persona and Statements
Many fans have questioned Boogie's personality due to apparent discrepancies in his behavior in his YouTube videos in comparison to his behavior while streaming. In his YouTube videos, Boogie demonstrates calm and collected behavior; on stream, however, he displays arrogant and brash behavior. Boogie conceded this discrepancy in a tweet, stating that his YouTube personality is who he wants to be. He has made multiple statements on his Twitch stream that have amassed for him multiple controversies.
In one example, during a podcast appearance Boogie claims that some good has come from the Holocaust, in the form of medical advancements made possible by the tortuous human experimentation and research conducted by Nazi Germany. He later retracted the statement, declaring that he had gotten the idea from one of his previous teachers. In another example he and his friends made fun of Danielle, a deceased friend who had died from lung cancer. Boogie later clarified via tweet, stating that he and Danielle used to share in dark humor together. Nonetheless, the backlash was considerable, to the point of a subreddit dedicated to "exposing Boogie" was created.
Boogie's previous wife, Desiree Dez, divorced Boogie in response to ongoing behavioral issues. Boogie went on to make a video in which he played his fictional persona, Francis, having a mental breakdown following the divorce and alleging Dez to be the cause. Boogie would later state that the video was intended to be humorous in nature, although many viewers remained uncertain.
Boogie would later use the dating platform Seeking, where he would meet and subsequently enter into a relationship with Lucy Foxx, though it would not last. Following the end of the relationship, Foxx would later release a video in which she accused Boogie of manipulation and abuse, recalling that in one such case he had verbally abused Foxx and attempted to deter her from finding employment. Despite the severity of the accusations, Foxx did not disclose Boogie's identity. Owing to a general lack of evidence, as well as an appearance by Boogie on the YouTube channel DramaAlert, Foxx's allegations are often dismissed.
TotalBiscuit Death Response
On May 24, 2018, YouTuber TotalBiscuit passed away after going through a coma. Boogie responded in a community post saying that John threw him under the bus. He stateed that he was working with a shady PR company at the time and John asked him to quit. Boogie was criticized for claiming that John was lying to him. He responded in a tweet saying that the post was meant to be complimenting John for saving his career and not criticizing him.
Thoughts on LGBTQ+
On July 19, 2018, Boogie stared on a podcast with h3h3Productions. He gave his opinions on the LGBTQ+ community, saying that while he did support gay rights, he stated that they should have equality at a slower pace instead of having it immediately. Many fans and LGBTQ+ members criticized Boogie for his extremely conservative views. However, Boogie never ended up responding to the controversy.
Lies and Manipulation
There have been numerous accounts of Boogie lying and manipulating his fans about his mental and physical health, and other topics. This made fans even more frustrated since he came off as honest and had promised his fans to stay on a healthy diet. One example was when Boogie went on a trip to a Mortal Kombat 11 event and multiple pictures show Boogie eating unhealthy foods. He gave an excuse saying that they only provided fries, burritos, cheeseburgers, and other foods. However, pictures and videos from the event show food trucks that were serving much healthier options.
Another example was around June 2019, when Boogie was planning to buy a Tesla. In several tweets, he had claimed that he had enough money to afford a Tesla, but realized that he couldn't afford it. Many people criticized Boogie for lying to his fans. Boogie later said in a video that McJuggerNuggets convinced him to buy the car, in order to not get blame. He later appeared on the PKA podcast and admitted that he asked fans to pay off the Tesla.
Christopher Tom Video
In 2019, Boogie got exposed by a YouTuber by the name Christopher Tom. In the video, Tom stated that Boogie had been manipulating his fans for a while now. He showed proof that Boogie played different characters on YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter. He also showed proof that Boogie manipulated with fans with his weight.
After this video, Boogie's subscribers rapidly began to go downhill. Boogie had also started making very controversial quotes which made a ton of people question is Boogie the person he is on YouTube.
On a Twitch stream, a donator asked why Boogie was getting so much hate online. Boogie proceeded to list the different types of trolls while sounding sarcastic and narcissistic. He eventually talked about trolls who intentionally took things out of context and made them look worse than they actually were. Boogie called them the worst human beings on the Earth, further stating that nazis and rapists were better than internet trolls because nazis and rapists had a reason for their beliefs.
After garnering a severe amount of backlash and hate, Boogie backpedaled his statement by saying he meant trolls who stalked, hunted, and killed people such as the murder of Christina Grimmie. But many people say that he didn't mention trolls who killed online celebrities. It got severe to the point where Keemstar responded to the Twitch statements.
Frank Hassle Shooting
Sometime in the summer of 2020, a YouTuber named Frank Hassle was terminated. His content mostly consisted of him harassing people in public. On Twitter, he claimed that Boogie was the one that got his account terminated. For the next few months there was back and forth between the two.
Eventually, Frank moved over to Boogie's town and started threatening to come to his house and hurt him. Keemstar did an interview with he two, but hesitated to upload it since it mostly consisted of Frank saying that he was going to go to Boogie's house and Boogie saying that he would pull a gun on Frank. On September 28, 2020, Frank eventually came to Boogie's house and Boogie threatened him with a gun and told him to leave. After not listening, Boogie fired a warning shot at Frank. He left soon after.
Boogie later addressed this incident in a video. Keemstar uploaded the interview and some footage from the shooting on StoryFire. Months later on May 11, 2021, he was charged with an arrest warrant with $5,000. The next day, he turned himself into the Washington County Jail. He was released later on and is currently awaiting trial. Boogie made a video on June 1 talking about the situation. He clarifies the arrest and says he's been coping using therapy, medicine, and other practices. He also says he's aware of the controversies he's been in since 2018 and wants to become a better person.
- 100k subscribers: March 8, 2012
- 1 million subscribers: November 16, 2013
- 2 million subscribers: April 11, 2014
- 3 million subscribers: January 31, 2015
- 4 million subscribers: June 3, 2017
- Boogie2988 won in the trending gamer category of the Game Awards 2016.
- He is similar to TheAngryGrandpaShow due to their anger, swearing, and destruction of their own property.
- Boogie also has another popular persona named Jessy, a southern redneck type character.
- Boogie2988 was featured as a guest on the 70th episode of the H3 Podcast hosted by Ethan and Hila Klein of h3h3Productions.
- Boogie has met Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, Emma Blackery, Angry Joe, KidBehindACamera McJuggerNuggets, Vsauce, Ninja, h3h3Productions, CaseyNeistat, Jacksfilms, Billy the Fridge, Philip DeFranco, realjimmyhere popular for creating the It's Wednesday My Dudes meme, Hank and John Green, Rhett and Link, Asian Andy, and Liza Koshy.
- He was parodied in an episode of The Amazing World of Gumball named The Line, in which there is a scene where Gumball uploads a false review of Stellar Odyssey: The Force Rehashed onto the internet in which he assumes the persona of Dollyboy1923. In the review, he is an overweight nerd, indirectly referencing Boogie.
- Boogie has not had positive subscriber growth for over a year.
- Boogie was featured in a commercial for the 2013 Super Bowl.
- Boogie was in the English reality show, Supersize vs Superskinny where Boogie talks about his food addiction.