Okay. This is a big deal. Not “kind of a big deal” but A BIG DEAL. Holy crap. One might even call it “bananas”.
HBomberguy (@Hbomberguy on Twitter and Hbomberguy on Twitch) has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to support Mermaids, a charity dedicated to supporting trans people and giving them the care and support they need. And he did it all by streaming himself beating Donkey Kong 64.
As of right now, that amount totals to $350k. ALL of that is going to charity, including all cheers, subscriptions, and donations people have made to Hbomberguy’s Twitch channel.
This all started with Hbomberguy trying to beat Donkey Kong 64, a game he was never able to beat since he was a child. Until a while ago, that is. He streamed it and finished in 57 hours, 48 minutes, and 32 seconds. This is by no means a speedrun, but it was thorough and complete, even finishing tasks that don’t count towards the completion percentage.
He chose to support Mermaids because he figured that trans people needed support and awareness spread for them when they are being attacked so often. This was also in order to spite Graham Linehan, who has spent a long time on Twitter being angry about trans people and harassing people who are trying to support them as best as they could. This Graham Linehan has harassed enough people that a large donation being given to Mermaids is currently under review because of “concern” from spammed emails. He had the power to fight for progress, and instead he tried to prevent kids from getting the support they need. This inadvertently raised even more awareness for the charity, and subsequently raising even more money for the charity the comedian has tried to ruin. Donations out of spite for this man are through the roof.
It got this big for multiple factors that are so many that I can’t list all of them here without having to write a dry and boring history paper. Spite for a mean old comedian is one factor. Though another notable factor is that multiple people have all visited the stream and talked about it to encourage him and other people watching the stream to continue supporting transgender rights.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Chelsea Manning in particular are heavily engaged in American politics and have helped turn this small charity stream into an impressive $350k, but I would like to point out that they were not the only people to support this stream of a 20-year-old game. AOC and Chelsea were not the sole reason for this stream’s success.
This list of people is a bit lengthy already, and I doubt this is a comprehensive list.
- Virgil Texas, a host of Chapo Trap House, a political humor podcast
- Chelsea Manning, a proud supporter of trans people everywhere and also known for unveiling military and diplomatic information that shows what happens behind the scenes in warfare.
- Josh Sawyer, a video game designer known for his work on games such as Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity
- Chuck Tingle, a prolific author of gay niche erotica and advocate for LGBTQ people
- Cher, gay icon and outspoken champion of LGBTQ rights
- The Scottish Parliament, who publicly posted about Hbomberguy’s stream in support of it
- John Romero, designer of Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, sitting congresswomen of New York’s 14th Congressional District and strong advocate for change in politics to help support those in need, especially trans people. She has even said “Trans rights are civil rights are human rights” live on stream, with the stream chat logs running wild with cheers for her.
All of these people talked about this stream in their own social media, spread the word, and supported the Mermaids and their noble goal. This was the work of everyone involved,. not just one or two people trying to gain more popularity. In particular, Ocasio-Cortez has been attracting a lot of attention for having entered the fray and it caused a big surge in the fundraising when she did, but H.Bomberguy had already made tremendous progress by the time she got involved.
These people have all visited the stream and/or talked about it to encourage him and other people watching the stream to continue supporting transgender rights.
This is a wonderful amount of positivity to kick off the year, and I feel like this is a sign that the world is improving and the gaming community is full of wonderful people who will gladly stand up for those who can barely stand up for themselves.
This is how you can be a real superhero. This is how you can change the world, not just by arguing about it online, but actually doing something to help change the outcome for the better.
By the way, I’d also like to give a shoutout to all the people who helped me out with getting this information. I don’t want to list names, because some of these people might still be in danger, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you guys.