It's not complex at all, you nail the attention seeking, but there is very obvious a fetish component to him being a fat man in a wig and a dress. He beats off when he presents himself as a woman, he beats off when he gets yaaaaas kweeeeeen asspats and he especially beats off when people tell him he's just a fat man in a wig and a dress. Why bait the transphobia that's not really the problem with his channel quite so hard otherwise?As with many other cases of contrived troonery, i feel folks are overthinking things.
99.9999% of the time, a troon like sterling is not motivated by some complex labyrinth of psychological manias and insanity and personal traumas stretching back to childhood with a dozen layers of subconscious twists and turns and whatnot.
He is motivated solely by wanting the automatic praise and prestige that comes with being part of a fashionable demographic, and because of probable autism/having developed zero emotional maturity during his childhood and teenage hears he has absolutely zero shame or fear of consequence for his antics that would generally prevent non-autists from doing such embarrassing bullshit for such petty gains.
This btw is also why him and his ilk seem almost like they are intentionally trying to make everyone on the planet hate trannies. They want attention so they act out as tryhard and extreme as possible inevitably in ways that disgust and annoy people who witness them, and as they have zero real personal stake in tranny shit they dont give a single shit of any consequences this may have.
Do not think of him as having even the slightest shred of sincerity with this bullshit. Think of him the way you would think of some old school reality TV retard who intentionally affects the persona and aesthetic he thinks will get him the most cameras pointed at him the longest.
Talking about him as if he is genuine with this schtick is like talking about Snooki as if she srsly wanted to be a professional wrestler/dancer/whatever instead of just a shameless camera whore