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Harry Brewis,[1] better known as hbomberguy or Harris Bomberguy,[note 1] is a YouTube talker who identifies as a libertarian socialist.[5][6][7] Brewis is known for his videos ridiculing right-wing, anti-feminist, and/or bigoted YouTubers, particularly prominent figureheads of the Gamergate, uh, trashfire "movement."

As of August 2018, his channel had over 356 thousand subscribers and 35.2 million views[8] and he makes over $6,655 per video, according to Patreon.[9]

Views[edit]

Atheism[edit]

Brewis describes himself as an atheist who has no investment in atheism:

There are some stances that require no investment, and are simply words to describe your stance on the issues. I have no investment in atheism, even though I am one.[10]

Anti-Antifeminism[edit]

Brewis' bread and butter is mocking the anti-feminist "skeptic" community on YouTube:

Brewis created a Chrome extension to "censor" "reactionary" YouTube suggestions;[21] it has around 3800 users.[22]

Politics[edit]

Although Brewis' YouTube content focuses on debunking others, his off-YouTube content is substantially more political. For example, on Ask.FM he wrote:[6]

I'm a very far left socialist type with a reverence for the actual philosophers of the communist movement and their writings. While I'm often unsure what to label myself, what I want is a version of capitalism that actually works sustainably, and doesn't simply lurch from crisis to crisis while inflicting unethical labor on places that we don't think about as 'our problem' - working conditions rise in the west because we exported the dirtier, more shitty jobs elsewhere. Whether or not a 'version' of capitalism that doesn't have these aspects could even be called capitalism remains to be seen.

On Twitter, he frequently criticises capitalism and defends socialism.[23][24] For example, on the subject of YouTube demonetizing people for their politics, he wrote:[25]

BTW: People complaining that the system doesn't support their ideas ARE describing a real problem. It's almost as if Capitalism is bad. Like, the system's ability to repress ideas by defunding them, when you need money to live, is a genuine issue. The solution is not this libertarian-tolerance approach where you try to berate advertisers into being unbiased[.] The solution is to create a society where not being monetised means you won't starve to death.

He has said he generally supports some versions of communism[26] and has referred to himself as a communist.[27] Having said that, he's not a fan of the British Communist Party, describing it as "a fucking nightmare of actual literal stalinists".[28]

I'd probably throw my hat in with marxism-leninism or straight up full communism, at least as a conversation starter![29]

I would say I'm a Communist but I don't agree with any presently-existing states that call themselves Communist - I simply agree with the larger points of Marx, Weber or Epicurus.[30]

I keep calling myself communist as a way of making a point about the label but it's hard when The Bad Communists are still REAL[31]

I must admit I openly call myself a Communist partially because it drives idiots nuts and not out of any genuine allegiance to a legit commie party.[32]

I sometimes say I'm a socialist, and if it'll annoy the right people in the moment, a communist[33][34]

Question on Ask.fm: So are you an Archo-Communist[sic] or a Socialist? I'm kind of confused.
Brewis: I support one as an intermediary and another as an end-goal (or, to put it better, 'theoretical best society').[35]

Brewis' videos occasionally contain anti-capitalist messages[36] and he is an outspoken critic of liberal capitalist democracies:

Just to float an idea: How about the global poor unite against the system? There are people in both Russia and America who are sick of this shit, good people who will die pointlessly in traditional warfare. Why not work together to destroy fascism and, while we're at it, the liberal capitalist system that makes for such a comfortable nest?[37]

Do not allow the victory of far-right ideology to strike you as spontaneous. It is baked right into liberal capitalist democracy.[38]

Media analysis[edit]

Brewis also makes videos analyzing media he likes and dislikes,[39][40][41][42] sometimes with a political attitude.[43][44]

Controversy[edit]

Apologism for Sexual Harassment[edit]

On April 6th 2017, Brewis' content was banned from ever being posted on the socialist subreddit /r/LateStageCapitalism.[45] This was following a Tumblr post made by a former friend and employee of Brewis, Klaus, which has since been deleted. The post featured six screenshots from a Skype conversation that revealed Brewis had cast doubt on Klaus' memory of being sexually harassed by one of his moderators. The post has been archived[46] and there are additional screenshots of him doubting Klaus.[47]

Brewis posted an apology on his own tumblr[48] but initially did not have a link to Klaus' screenshots due to a fear that his fans might "go after" Klaus. After rectifying this, he removed the link again after the posts deletion, and did not feature a link to an archived or re-upload of the screenshots.

Brewis' apology was criticized for not addressing what he was going to alter to remedy the situation, nor mentioning whether or not he was going to cut ties with the moderator in question.[49] The apology was also criticized by the victim, Klaus, himself, for not being an apology at all.[50] Brewis has been criticized for not publicly addressing the situation further, but has stated that "[he has] been directly asked not to talk about it any more by Klaus."[51] The accused moderator in question has been removed from Brewis' Discord [52]

Mermaids Stream[edit]

Graham Linehan, a comedy writer who did some work on a good show 20 years ago who happens to be a very normal man who's just very angry about trans people all day nowadays, went on Mumsnet and told them to email a lady from the National Lottery en masse and now the funding is under review. So well done, Graham! You have a massive audience and the power to choose to fight for progress in all the many forms we need in the world right now and you used it to make sure some children won't have access to helpful resources.

In response to one-time TV writer, transphobe, and self-described "lesbian expert" Graham Linehan's harassment campaign that caused the UK trans childrens' support group Mermaids to have a funding grant held for review[53] Harry held a charity livestream over the weekend of January 19-21, 2019. He would play through the notoriously time-consuming video game, Donkey Kong 64, to 101% completion while viewers donated to the stream.[54][55][56] Over the course of the 57 hours the stream lasted, he also chatted with various members of the trans community such as:

... in addition to other YouTubers such as:

...as well as other guest stars, such as:

Throughout the stream, they all discussed about topics ranging from issues confronting trans people, gender dysphoria and euphoria, the work the Mermaids organization does, nuclear power, differences in the financial model of growing bananas vs. most U.S. agriculture, and ape semen. At the time of its completion, the stream earned approximately $340,000 for Mermaids, roughly half of the grant that is awaiting review, and the eternal ire of the transphobe community.

Shortly after the stream ended, the Scottish Parliament passed a resolution honoring him for his efforts.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. "Hbomb" was a nickname given to him by his cousin.[2][3][4]
  2. According to Davis' own website

References[edit]

  1. Tweet [a w] about article on Paste titled "Defective Products: Postal, Hatred, and For-Profit Controversy" [a w]
  2. Ask.fm

    Hbomb was a name my cousin gave me when we were very young. Even he doesn't remember that he came up with it. the 'erguy' evolved because i played bomberman a lot and hbomb was taken when I was making a username to play Age of Mythology.

  3. https://ask.fm/Hbomberguy/answers/137001048107
  4. https://ask.fm/Hbomberguy/answers/114456063787
  5. Tweet [a w] about Curious Cat post [a w][dead link]
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ask.FM post [a w]
  7. Tweet [a w] about Curious Cat post [a w]
  8. About, YouTube
  9. Hbomb on Patreon
  10. https://ask.fm/Hbomberguy/answers/136266399787
  11. The Sarkeesian Effect: A Measured Response, YouTube
  12. Thunderf00t VS. FemiNAZI Ghostbusters: A Measured Response, YouTube
  13. Antifeminism VS FACTS, YouTube
  14. #FreeSargon: A Measured Response, YouTube
  15. Due Diligence, YouTube
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpgBkpb7xlU
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E0p0GQCAM8
  18. Tweet: I can't believe Jon 'look at all these blacks' Jafari turned out not to have the best ideas about race [a w]
  19. Tweet: "White nations should protect their culture" Says second generation Iranian immigrant, living on land stolen from Native Americans [a w]
  20. Tweet: Some of jontron's arguments will feature in a future thing about immigration but first i want to talk about games, and enjoy life for a bit [a w]
  21. HOW TO FIX YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS, YouTube
  22. Hbomb's YouTube Censorship Addon, Chrome Web Store
  23. from:Hbomberguy socialism, Twitter
  24. Tweet 1 [a w], 2 [a w], 3 [a w], 4 [a w], 5 [a w], 6 [a w].
  25. Tweet 1 [a w], 2 [a w], 3 [a w], 4 [a w]. See also this tweet [a w].
  26. Ask.fm

    I owe lots of my politics to marxist thinkers and generally support some versions of communism but I support Labour on the grounds that its current slightly-left-of-center policies are better than more torie, and because the incremental improvements brought about by Labour stand a chance of showing people what the right direction might be, as it were.
    I think the tools for building a post-scarcity utopia either already exist or are within our grasp right now. I like the idea of working towards that.

  27. Ask.fm

    Question on Ask.fm: So about your answer to the "Mix of Socialism and Capitalism" question. Would it be safe to say you hold beliefs similar to Democratic Socialism? or on the other hand Social Democracy?
    Brewis: I am a communist.

  28. https://twitter.com/Hbomberguy/status/735923323150970881
  29. https://ask.fm/Hbomberguy/answers/126684544299
  30. https://ask.fm/Hbomberguy/answers/136505518891
  31. https://twitter.com/Hbomberguy/status/735930878396932097
  32. https://ask.fm/Hbomberguy/answers/135897796651
  33. https://twitter.com/Hbomberguy/status/956246899031494658
  34. https://curiouscat.me/Hbomberguy/post/297733479?1516821913
  35. https://ask.fm/Hbomberguy/answers/136892631851
  36. Fallout 3 Is Garbage, And Here's Why.

    C: Capitalism is such a fucked up economic system that it's beneficial to create bad products in order to sell additional, fixed versions later or release slight improvements, a-la the iPhone or Windows or the new graphics card generation you're about to buy into hahahahha

  37. https://ask.fm/Hbomberguy/answers/140185187883
  38. https://twitter.com/Hbomberguy/status/823300429861818368
  39. Darkest Dungeon and Ludonarrative
  40. Fallout 3 is Garbage and Here's Why
  41. THE NO MAN'S SKY RANT
  42. The Power of VHS|Scanline
  43. Power Fantasy, Male Objectification and Lady-Fanservice
  44. Bethesda VS. Critics: How to Save the Games Industry
  45. Left Mods response to Hbomberguy Revelations
  46. Hey ya'll
  47. https://i.imgur.com/G6zkiBg.png
  48. An apology
  49. Under the title "Going Forward:"
  50. Hbomb’s apology post isn’t an apology at all
  51. Hbomberguy comments on Hbomb's Hidden Scandal - r/BreadTube
  52. https://twitter.com/Hbomberguy/status/849440372841480194
  53. Perslo, S.L. (2018, December 17). Big Lottery Fund reviews grant to trans kids charity Mermaids. PinkNews. Retrieved from https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/12/17/big-lottery-fund-grant-mermaids/
  54. First part of the Mermaids stream
  55. Next part of the stream
  56. Epilogue of the stream
  57. https://www.webcitation.org/5sqD99ttQ?url=http://www.grantkirkhope.com/donkeykong64.html
  58. https://www.mariowiki.com/Donkey_Kong#Speech
  59. Bill Nye VS Pseudoscience (Part Two!) | Measured Response hbomberguy (YouTube). September 3, 2017.

    And it's not just Rage that puts Crowder to shame. If you want to see his claims get debunked in more detail there are many good videos out there by the seminal and personally inspirational Potholer54.