Ray William Johnson on YouTube: ‘I F**king Hope it Goes Down”

/ Sep 27, 2013

RWJ

Earlier this month, YouTube disabled all video responses stating that they were “rarely clicked” and entirely ineffective. In fact, YouTube claims that the click-through rate on video responses was a staggeringly low 0.0004%. And while this may be true, it doesn’t mean that people are going to be happy about it — mainly people named Ray William Johnson.

In an episode of Johnson’s “Runaway Thoughts” podcast released earlier this month, the “=3” creator tears into the reasoning behind YouTube’s choice to disable comments saying: “YouTube’s whole goal is to implode from the inside.” Johnson made this declaration after explaining that fans would have to label videos with hashtags now that video responses had been removed.

Guest Harley Morenstein of Epic Meal Time pushed Johnson into full-blown rant mode after telling him that he was the spark that would implode YouTube. In response, Johnson explained: “I don’t have anything to do with that site, f**k that site.”

Despite Johnson defending himself, Morenstein insisted that he was “the face of YouTube” to which Johnson reneged, saying, “Bulls**t, I’ll f**king upload videos elsewhere.”

That “elsewhere” would be tricky for Johnson, though, as he has already built a massive audience on YouTube. Video platform Blip, which at one point seemed like a viable “elsewhere” for Johnson, was recently acquired by Maker Studios, Johnson’s ex-network who he is currently locked in a legal battle with. Johnson has yet to make an official comment on whether he will work with Blip and by proxy Maker.

However, for Johnson, it seems like anything would be better than YouTube. Johnson capped off the podcast by saying: “If I’m the face of YouTube, then I f**king hope it goes down. F**k YouTube.”

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  • Reality

    Ray William Johnson hates YouTube as he uploads his newest video to YT because they provide a meaningful service for his “business”. This dude is marginally talented and has YT to thank for his success. If that wasn’t true he could go anywhere and people would follow him. It doesn’t seem that’s the case because it is the volume that youtube provides that gives him traffic. Jesus dude, you have a fucking clip show and you make an amazing living. What else do you need to understand that YouTube made you? #revisionisthistory

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