Essentially, last month Butch Hartman, the mind behind Fairly Odd Parents, Tuff Puppy, and a few other shows, created a kickstarter for a new network streaming service that recently hit its goal.
I’ve been of many different minds watching it all unfold, and it’s been a little weird watching a whole youtube community lash out against him.
I’m not saying he doesn’t have problematic views or that his whole kickstarter doesn’t feel out of touch; He’s concerned about the lack of kid friendly shows in a time where I feel like there’s plenty of spaces for kids to enjoy kid friendly content. There are issues for sure but I don’t see how butch is going to solve this. Elsagate and all those weird youtube videos needs more refined data science and he’s just a cartoonist.
In fact, the whole “family friendly” schtick sounds kind of like code and a dog whistle for anti lgbt and he’s definitely devoutly Christian. Often times he isn’t too transparent about his views on anything, outside one post on twitter where he wonders out loud if kids shows lately are way too political. Obviously, this is a different issue than the whole “over exposure to mature content” angle he makes on his kickstarter video and comes off like he’s more concerned about the kid shows that go against his views, rather than kids seeing mature content in kids’ spaces.
Yet, all that being said, I’ve noticed some youtubers calling him an outright scammer and scummy person for what seems to be benign reasons. His kickstarter is vague and his channel is pretty basic and banks on his prior successes but outside of his views his personality isn’t at all that bad. I’m definitely not convinced that he’s making a needed service but that’s not much of a crime.
How do you guys feel about this?