So regarding Markiplier’s most recent video, I’m actually not gonna rag on him about what’s bumming him out. We’ve all got things that bother us, and while it may seem very first-world-problem-y, I won’t hold it against him to feel bad about his own problems.
But there are still issues, which are twofold:
1. He did not and still hasn’t spoken up to protect others when talking about *other peoples’* issues in videos. When the PDP thing happened, he simply asked everyone to calm down, and didn’t add on that certain types of speech are straight-up inappropriate. He could have used his platform as a voice of reason against hate speech, but instead treated the majority of speech as hate.
2. This recent video comes at a time where those previously hurt individuals are now even more silent without Markiplier’s voice actively supporting them. That he talks of his own problems so deeply and heartfully, while not doing fully for others in their time of need. That he looks for guidance and approval from his audience, while not giving the same attention to some of the disenfranchised within his audience.
I just want him to understand that the disconnected feeling is more than a scale or fame thing. He may have forgotten in the scope of the internet that his audience is full spectrum: girls and boys, women and men, gay, straight, religious or atheist, and everything in between. It’s easy to default all comments behind one voice and many avatars.
So when he does what he needs to, and feels more reconnected with his audience, I hope he remembers that again. And more importantly, that he then stands up for his followers first, and protects them against hate speech as his followers do for him.TL;DR: I have no sympathy or ill will in regards to the video. I just really hope he learns and understands why some of his audience feels the way they do in the wake of this.