|Born||Steven Jason Williams|
July 24, 1974
|Residence||Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.|
(m. 2013; div. 2018)
|Also known as||Boogie, boogie2988|
|Total views||856 million|
|Updated August 17, 2019|
Steven Jason Williams (born July 24, 1974), also known by his online alias Boogie2988 or just Boogie, is a YouTube personality best known for his video rants about video games and nerd culture as a character named "Francis". The Francis character is based on stereotypes of needy video game players and often parodies trending video game news, reaction and culture. Williams based the character on his early life experiences and has said that he wants viewers to hate the character for embodying gamer stereotypes. Boogie2988 videos range from absurd rants to serious discussions on daily life, such as the ethics of paid promotion on YouTube channels, and his experiences with mental health. He won the Trending Gamer award at The Game Awards 2016.
Williams had gastric bypass surgery due to morbid obesity on August 1, 2017. On December 19, 2017, Boogie2988 announced that he and his wife Desiree were getting a divorce. The divorce was finalized on February 13, 2018.
In June 2016, Boogie's YouTube account was temporarily closed due to an anonymous hacker. The unidentified person got hold of his phone number via Verizon during his time at VidCon and was able to gain access to his accounts associated with it, including his YouTube channel. His channel was restored less than a week later.
In October 2018, Boogie was mired in controversy due to his relationship with the controversial counseling service BetterHelp. He and other YouTubers were accused of profiting off depression, which led to a termination of Boogie's relationship with the company.
In April 2019, Boogie admitted to potentially committing tax fraud. He stated that he purchases Magic: The Gathering cards as a business expense and then resells them without claiming the income on his taxes. The IRS states that income above $400 from self-employment must be reported.
During February of 2019, Boogie made jokes regarding another player's parents' divorce and correlating this with anger issues in the game Apex Legends. He became the subject of criticism following these comments.
Boogie made racist comments during the month of June 2019. He stated during a livestream that "That's a lot of money, I guess, for a person of color, or is it not?". The clip caused outrage following its resurfacing.
In July 2019, Boogie purchased a Tesla, which enraged some fans during a livestream when he "begged" for money. Later Boogie announced he had only placed a deposit on the vehicle and cancelled the order.
In August 2019, Boogie made a highly controversial statement against his trolls where he claimed "I think that there are fucking rapists and Nazis out there who... are more redeemable than you because at least they're doing something they fucking believe in." Keemstar claimed that Boogie should seek counseling.
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