I recently wrote a blog post about how little authors are paid enough as it is, and how lots of readers called authors ‘elitists’ for wanting to be paid for their work.
And it seems like it’s not limited to books.
I watch YouTube. A lot, actually. I’ve got some YouTubers I follow, and watch their videos whenever they put them out, but there’s one I’ve followed for a long time, and he’s my favorite. I’m talking, of course, about Markiplier.
Recently, he started a sponsor program where, for 5$ per month, members have access to little goodies. Most people were fine with this until he recently released the blooper video for his latest Wilford ‘MOTHERLOVING’ Warfstache. Holy hell, Twitter exploded when he announced this.
People were basically saying it was unfair to those who were poor not to have access to this video. Unfair. Let that sink in. Because they can’t afford something and are poor, they should still get it, despite that other people do pay for it, but would get the same. Seriously? That’s like me walking into a store, and saying “I can’t afford a Nintendo Switch, but this person over there just bought it. It’s not fair, and I want it too, but I’m too poor, so just give it to me.” People even had the audacity to say Mark was ‘splitting’ up the community.
Are you kidding me? Of all people in the world, the last person to want to split this community is Mark. If you truly believe that’s what he’s doing, then you haven’t been around long enough to get to know him through his videos. The one thing he wants (and he’s said this several hundred times) is to bring the community we built together closer, and to do more things together. Yes, he’s well-off (his words, not mine), but he also explained how big video projects like Who Killed Markiplier was made at a loss of 100,000$. But he still made it for the fans – for us! By having sponsors, EVERYONE can enjoy these awesome projects, and those who are members are helping him make that happen – shouldn’t they get a bit of extra content? He’s been giving us video after video, year after year, month after month for years without asking anything in return. Yes, YouTube pays him, but we get this content for free (except for our internet connection – but it’s not like we pay extra like with Netflix). And now that we want more of these projects, he started sponsoring, and people are complaining.
Since when did it become okay not to pay artists?? Mark has every right to get paid for what he does. Not to mention, it’s not just him! He pays the people who make these projects with him! And if you think it’s fair for him to lose money every time he does one of these awesome videos, then you’re what’s wrong with the world. We want this entertainment – YouTube videos, books, etc. – but some people don’t want to pay for it? It doesn’t work that way. When you work, you get paid. Why should it be any different for artists?
I’m not a sponsor (yet) just because I had to take a reduction in hours, so it’s a bit tight. But I definitely plan on sponsoring soon. For those who can’t, be it your age, budget, not available in your country, etc., that’s fine. Just as Mark promised, everyone will keep getting videos. But for those who are members and paying a fixed amount of their own money every month, why shouldn’t they get a little extra? And Mark definitely deserves the financial support considering the amounts of money he pours into these videos just for us.
Support artists. Sponsor them when you can. Buy their works. Don’t download illegally. Don’t wait for a sponsor to upload the members-only videos and watch it. And stop thinking that because you can’t afford something (be it a video or a book) that you’re entitled to it anyway.