The YouTube Creator Community is Doing Incredible Things - So Why Are We Reporting Otherwise?

I watch a lot of YouTube. In fact, in the past five years or so, it’s become my primary source for entertainment. I l look to beauty ‘gurus’ like Lindy Tsang and Jeffree Star for makeup tips, get most of my news from Philip DeFranco, and spend hours watching professional gamers like Markiplier and VideoGameDunkey play titles that, as a college student, I’ll never have time to play for myself. And yet, for all they offer, YouTuber’s have consistently been battered by the media.

In 2019 alone, countless YouTubers have had their videos demonetized, their comment sections removed, and have had to fend-off torrents of bad press stemming from a couple of bad actors. And to make matters worse, the popular press is always on the lookout for the next big piece of negative news. As Matthew Patrick of The Game Theorists stated in a recent video, “No one wants positive news stories about YouTubers.”

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Well here’s a positive news story for you. The Game Theorists did the math, and found that in the past year, YouTube creators and Twitch streamers combined raised almost 20 million dollars for charity. Now that's something to celebrate.

To put that number in perspective, while in office, the Obamas gave 1 million to charity. As Matthew Patrick points out, the only people who publicly donate more than 20 million are billionaires like Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates.

And every month, there’s a new charity livestream or fundraising event being put on for the benefit of everything from The Humane Society to Doctor’s Without Borders. If it’s a charitable cause, YouTubers have probably raised money for it. That’s just what they do.

For a more in-depth look into the media vs. YouTube creators, watch Matthew Patrick’s full video on the subject here.