I’ve come to learn that having haters is something that comes with having a YouTube Channel. I never really thought about that much when I started my venture, and when it began to happen, I was shocked. Within days of uploading, I received homophobic, hate-filled rants that mostly had nothing to do with my content itself and more to do with just being #RUDE.
These days, the hate generally comes more from either other YouTube channels or their followers. It really is quite sad that people feel it is appropriate to spread hate, lies and rumors about people they have never met – whether they believe it to be true or not. They choose to create videos bullying others who are defenseless to their words.
I choose not to engage.
There is no value in bringing light to their hate and lies. In fact, I have never spoken badly about another person on my YouTube Channel. If I do not like someone or don’t agree with them, they don’t deserve my attention or the attention that my words would bring them. That said, I do have a few words for my haters – with love.
You don’t have to like me.
You don’t have to agree with my business. I’ll add that any channel on YouTube that decides to turn on monetization is, in and of itself, a business. You gain income and you have to claim that to the government. Some people love to bring attention to the fact that I do this to make a living. Duh, I’ve never heard of a successful entrepreneur who didn’t make money or who wanted to work 60 hours a week for no pay.
If I wanted to try and sell a t-shirt for a whopping $1000 😂, I’d have the right to do so – just as my followers have the right to buy it or not. (I obviously don’t, but if I thought people would want it, for sure you’d find it in my store LOL).
“You only do this to make money!”
Some like to attack me for charging $6 for wristbands that they claim cost me 10 cents to make. Guess what – even if they did cost me 10 cents – I am allowed to set whatever sale price I choose. Why not attack Coke for selling Dasani for $3 a bottle for something that costs them 0.0015 cents to produce? That’s how you can pay your staff, your electricity, all of your expenses. It’s called running a business. No business ever survived selling at cost. The fact that I even have to write this is embarrassing. I do call my channel educational, so there ya go, haha.
I have never forced anyone to pay for anything I’ve ever sold. My videos are free to watch for all. For those who wish to join my Rudies Fan Club, regardless at what level, they all receive the exact same perk of being a part of the group and watching our private content. And again, I wouldn’t produce things for people to buy if I didn’t think they’d want them. Take my stickers for example, I thought they’d be very popular. I spent hundreds of dollars getting them printed and to date I have only sold 2 stickers. It’s sometimes a gamble!
When I started my Patreon account after having around 10 or 15,000 subscribers, I was attacked by others saying it was a horrible thing to do and how dare I. Fast forward a year and there are over 100,000 YouTube channels on Patreon –many with less than 100 subscribers even, which is their choice. It is setup to help every creator at any level.
I’ve also been called out from people for blocking them from my channel or Patreon account. Turns out – it’s my page, so if I feel you are being too negative – I will block you. Heck if I didn’t like the fact that you said you saw a Green Dress (when it obviously was Blue!) – I can block you lol. I’ve removed people who use homophobic, racist slurs, who speak negatively about me or my friends, or who flat out put out negative energy. And again, that’s my choice. On occasion myself or a moderator will make a mistake and we’re only glad to listen and reverse them if warranted.
I’m not perfect. I have made mistakes and I will continue to make mistakes.
I’m an innovator and so I like to try new things. My group pulls were gaining popularity, but every time I'd hold them there would be a large portion of people who either didn't show up or would cancel last second. This would result in many upset people not being able to participate because it was 'full'. That's why in 2017 I decided to charge $10 for a few group pulls. It was not about the money, but I figured if I charged $10 and provided them with swag valued over that amount, that they would actually show up! It did work, but after doing a couple of these it just felt weird accepting money from people so I decided to just over book people in the hopes that some would cancel. It’s not to say I won’t charge again in the future (I just ran an event for 120 people with over 100 on the wait list and yet again, only a 3/4 showed up), but that’s my choice – as it is the participants choice to pay if they so choose.
Another channel who I have always praised and looked up to, (and even offered to do a collab with), has repeatedly berated me and spread rumors about my buying subscribers and most recently saying a video I uploaded 2 years ago was shot without permission. It was a group pull I filmed openly (I mean come on, I had my phone out and was conversing with everyone in the video), and I worked my butt off to create a top notch video of it complete with background Vegas footage. It was after only having a channel for about 3 months and I was still figuring things out. I failed to shout out the group who organized the group pull in the video and learned of my mistake only afterward and so I added a link in the description to them. There was no ill will and in fact, I shared the video to their forum the next day as I was so proud of it. I was also allowed with full permission (and with shout outs this time!) to film more group pulls with them in the future. So I hope they realize I didn’t do anything rude on purpose, but if any participants did, I apologize.
Bottom line – go ahead and spread your hate, your lies or call me out if I make a mistake.
But leave my husband out of it.
I am disgusted and appalled by these people who create nicknames for us, or fake accounts using my image with derogatory names and comments and then to go as far as to do the same to my husband? Shame on you. The tactics shown as of late are those I wouldn’t expect from a child.
Just as it is my choice to do any of the above, I get it that others have every right to say what they want as well. They claim that they’re providing a public service to people. I choose however to believe that my own 151,000 followers can make decisions for themselves. If they wish to take others’ words as fact from people who don’t know me, then that’s their prerogative. Whenever I’ve seen a channel do something I don’t feel is appropriate, I have personally reached out to them in a private message to voice my concerns which is the respectful route to take. Every successful YouTube channel, or person, or business in the world for that matter, will face criticism and haters. I am only in control of my own actions and I will continue to learn and grown on my own. As such, my focus has and always will remain to be, creating quality entertainment with responsible gambling in a positive and upbeat environment.
My New Years resolution is to not let the haters get to me because their actions and words actually say a lot more about them than they do about me.
I am and always have been open to comments, questions or concerns by private message should anyone ever wish to have a respectful conversation.
Brian Christopher xoxo ❤️