TGWTG "Nostalgia Critic" / Doug Walker, Rob Walker, Mike Michaud, Mike Ellis, Holly Christine Brown, et al - The Incompetent Predator-Protecting Upper Management of Channel Awesome, Doug Still Not That Funny

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Update:
The past month has not been kind to Michaud & the Walker Brothers. A 70 page document hosted on google docs by Lupa & other former CA contributors paints a picture of massive decade-spanning incompetence.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFkR__B3Mk9EYQglvislMUx9HWvWhOaBP820UBa4dA/preview#heading=h.9jg493ita0yc

On top of this there is a fan-created document. It tells of bad/cringe/hilarious experiences meeting Doug & Co at conventions and other related events.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zimWJELr8RM2HuvK5rjgjwEYRz90iQSe1q3COc58cOQ/edit

edit: fan google doc is kill, read a copy of it from the link below instead
https://www.mediafire.com/download/39iiasgc23lto19
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Update 2:
If you thought things couldn't get worse, it did.

First off, sponsors are now pulling out of channel awesome.

And on top of that an official response went up on channelawesome.com on April the 11th of 2018, angrily refuting the "lies" that are being spread in the documents that have been making their rounds on the internet the past month.

In this refutation, snippets of various chatlogs were released that outed the identity of a previously unnamed former contributor that was accused of using his status to groom teenage fans for sexual favors.

This contributor was Justin "Jew Wario" Carmical, a well-respected content creator who killed himself in 2014 and was the subject of multiple tribute videos.

The current number of contributors who left due to this round of drama stands at 30, this helpful chart shows their names highlighted.
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edit edit: It's down to just Brad & Guru Larry now.
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Update 3:
More came out on the situation.
1) Fred Knudson did another stream, this time reading off the "Our Response" document. Recap was posted here.
2) The JewWario shit keeps piling up. It turned out he was the rumored rapist at magfest. The sequence of events is summarized in this post.
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Doug Walker needs no introductions. He is up there with James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd) as one of the pioneers of the "angry reviewer" genre and his gimmicks and catchphrases reeled in a worldwide audience which lead to a meteoric rise as one of the first "e-celebs".

Doug and his associates are the founders of Channel Awesome, a now declining relic of old youtube and shadow of its former self. And much like @Lowtax and his spawn Something Awful, these people shaped the internet comedy game in their respective genres (for SA it was written satire and Let's Plays, and for Doug & co it was media reviews).

And also much like Lowtax, laziness & and a series of incompetent decisions caused the ruin of something once popular.

As such, Channel Awesome (formerly TGWTG) is an absolute nightmare clusterfuck birthed out of wasted potential, incompetence, arrogance, desperation, and Drama. These are the leaders who's reign led the internet-based review network to crash and burn, so it's only fitting to give all a thread together.

For newbies to understand some background, watching this video is suggested. It covers the beginnings of TGWTG.
There was an older low-quality thread on Doug can be seen here.

People of Interest:
-Douglas "Doug" Walker (aka Nostalgia Critic, That Guy With The Glasses, Doug Funny)

-Robert Walker (aka That Other Guy, Doug's brother)

-Michael Michaud (aka Chief Operating Officer of Channel Awesome/TGWTG)

-Michael Ellis, former CEO. He was fired for sexual harassment. It got to the point that contributors needed to be protected with pepper spray and other weapons while being escorted away to a safe location to protect them from him.

-Bhargav Dronamraju. Another former higher up. His name isn't in the thread title because it wouldn't fit.

-Justin Carmical / Jew Wario, Former contributor who turned out to be a sexual predator pedophile who hit on underage fans and raped an unconscious victim at MAGfest. Killed himself back in 2014, and had his improprieties covered up by Management. The truth became known after the now infamous "Our Response" post contained logs proving he was the predator from the Not So Awesome doc.

-Holly Christine Brown / @gookygox, former head of the HR department. She was fired by Michaud years ago but showed up again recently alongside Lupa and talked to youtuber Fred Knudson on his streams. She is just as complicit in this as Mike Michaud & the Walker Brothers.

Several ex-employees and potential recruits have talked about their problems with the management ran by these men. The Skype convos and Alison's story deal heavily with Michaud.
Blistered Thumbs Part 1: http://archive.li/yGXdy

Blistered Thumbs Part 2: http://archive.li/kwTVP

Skype convos: http://archive.li/KgfRa

Lindsay (aka Nostalgia Chick): http://archive.li/zkgrB

Phelous: http://archive.li/4ue2q

Alison (aka Lupa): http://archive.li/AUK2z

TJ Kirk (Amazing Atheist)

@LordKaT

Metokur on Michaud & the behind the scenes drama
(timestamps: 33:36-42:20 for Michaud; 42:20-46:05 for the Walkers)

TL;DR
-Doug is really awkward and got too cocky/full of himself.
-Rob's a little imposing and argued with Doug a lot.
-Michaud is lazy, dumb, incompetent, impatient, and just generally bad at everything.

And speaking of Michaud, Lupa and her associates have been dumping more details/anecdotes about him on twitter recently. And Lupa also posted this google doc about Channel Awesome upper management.

I'm serious, so much has been dumped by Lupa recently, including old scripts of their ancient film project "To Boldly Flee".

Even potential recruits of TGWTG have spoken of how they dodged a bullet by not signing with them.

I'd like to thank the following for their help
@LordKaT
@CWCissey
@Sexy Times Hitler

Links:
http://channelawesome.com
https://encyclopediadramatica.rs/That_Guy_With_The_Glasses
http://thatguywiththeglasses.wikia.com/wiki/Channel_Awesome_Wiki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Awesome
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses
https://tgwtg.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiH828EtgQjTyNIMH6YiOSw
 
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Someone in a Tree

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One can only hope that that Twitter chain will inspire a few sixteen year old Channel Awesome viewers to realize that their creative energies can be better spent doing something other than yelling at a shitty Batman film. BTW, Batman & Robin, the subject of one of the earliest NC episodes that broke out, is imminently more watchable than anything to come out of Channel Awesome. A really enjoyable bad movie as opposed to To Boldly Flee.
 

InLivingTuna

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Doug has had SO many failed ventures over the years, some of these should probably be included in the OP (although I think some are already in the Metokur video oops). The first one that vividly imploded was his attempt to be a lets player that lasted all of one single video. Retsupurae riffed it way back in the day, it got taken down from YouTube but someone reuploaded it (parts 1 2 and 3). At the beginning of the video below you can watch him take a crack at how badly the video did, the only time he's ever really managed to move on from failure tactfully.

Him and Malcolm (the black guy from his videos) endorsed some spy movie on Indiegogo that raised less than $600. Here's Archfiend talking about it, and Malcom's comment on the embedded video;
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Metokur talks about the Kickstarter he did for more TGWTG shows including Demo Reel that never really saw what was promised get made, but one thing that got forgotten about is that during the same time, Doug tried to branch out and make his own series of weird forum weapon type things.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0AQIMR-tpokOX4kIXDp4oyq-oqJhjjES

Also the black guy he hired (Malcolm) is a massive furry who wore a fursuit in one of Doug's videos:
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https://youtu.be/uNJTAaorh8A?t=5m11s
 

Baldur's Gait

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Doug has had SO many failed ventures over the years, some of these should probably be included in the OP (although I think some are already in the Metokur video oops).
I think this is ultimately why he chooses to stick with NC, because it's the only one that's really worked over the years.

We all know about Demo Reel and the Let's Play, but think of the other skits and random shit Doug tried doing that ultimately went nowhere, like Video Game Confessions. Does anyone remember that? It was the weirdest thing; it was like someone trying to make a comedy series about video games while they themselves knew very little of it (I think the Solid Snake video is a bizarre example of it).

There was also Ask That Guy, and I don't think a lot of people cared too much about that considering Doug ended that as well and to my knowledge it has stayed dead.

Then there was this, whatever the hell this was.

Doug's done a lot of stuff unrelated to NC, it's just that it's all garbage so it's not surprising he's continued to mil.k it for it's worth, even if the cow's been sucked dry for years now.
 

PurpleDude

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I have a really mixed opinion on Doug. On one hand I can admire a guy who always wants to try out something new and experiment with different ventures. On the other hand he's fucking terrible at almost everything and not even in the fun Tommy Wiseau way. Everything with Doug is so stale and forced. I'm stunned people even still watch the Nostalgia Critic. He burned out years ago and it shows.
 

Someone in a Tree

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I have a really mixed opinion on Doug. On one hand I can admire a guy who always wants to try out something new and experiment with different ventures. On the other hand he's fucking terrible at almost everything and not even in the fun Tommy Wiseau way. Everything with Doug is so stale and forced. I'm stunned people even still watch the Nostalgia Critic. He burned out years ago and it shows.
At the risk of over generalizing, there's probably a good chunk of their fan base that is stuck in arrested development, so Nostalgia Critic is like comfort food to them at this point.
 

DuckSucker

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This needs to go in the OP as it's pretty telling of who he is. Also youtube, at least we now know, is not a super stable career. I mean I guess this is funny to some people, but it's also extremely lolcow behavior.

For whatever reason, I dont know if it's lost to time or something, but I seem to recall him walking through a green room, shooting the bird at people who were just trying to work, and generally being a fucking asshole to people. I could be making it up. But this is a very stupid thing to do. Especially showing that he's always thought of himself as better-than, very important, and influential, and that the money train would always be rolling.
 

Ten2Nine

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Put together a compilation of some of Doug's cringiest moments a couple months ago.

00:00 - Doug Sings His Hate for Beauty & The Beast 2017
00:33
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 1)
00:55
- Doug Maturely Critiques "The Haunting" Remake's Writing
02:31
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 2)
02:45
- Doug's Character "Devil Boner" Mugs for Camera
02:56
- Doug's Response to Potential Ghostbusters 2016 Backlash
03:30
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 3)
04:21
- Melvin! The Brother of The Joker! (DeNiro Did it Better)
07:11
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 4)
08:00
- Doug Skewers John@theroommovie.com
08:19
- Emo Jones
09:04
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 5)
10:08
- Doug Gloats About Hits to His Detractors
10:47
- Doug is Distressed Over "Garbage Pail Kids" (Part 1)
11:04
- Doug Skewers John@theroommovie.com Some More
11:39
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 6)
12:34
- Doug Adds Some Sizzle to DVD Promotion
14:34
- Doug is Distressed Over "Garbage Pail Kids" (Part 2)
14:57
- Doug...I mean, "Devil Boner" Tells Off MRAs
15:51
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 7)
16:55
- Doug Bashes Fact-Checkers with "Douchey McNitpick"
17:53
- Michael Bay & "Pearl Harbor" Gets Dressed Down by an Adult
20:37
- "Glass House" Mocks Happy Madison Fanbase (Part 1)
21:55
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 8)
22:58
- Doug Stands Up for Dr. Seuss Against "Hollywood"
24:21
- Doug is Distressed Over "Garbage Pail Kids" (Part 3)
25:11
- "Glass House" Phones Adam Sandler
27:54
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 9)
29:56
- "Glass House" Mocks Happy Madison Fanbase (Part 2)
30:29
- Doug Defends Himself Against Himself & Critisism
33:57
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 10)
34:57
- "Glass House" Mocks Happy Madison Fanbase (Part 3)
35:47
- Doug Attempts "Scrooged" Ending to Defend Christmas Honor
42:11
- Doug Breaks Down Over "Twilight" Movie (Part 11)
42:50
- Doug Compares His Writing to Batman: TAS (Yes, Seriously)
47:49
- Doug Sticks it to His Arch-nemesis "Hollywood"
49:58
- "Twilight" Breakdown Greatest Hits
50:48
- That's All Folks

"Enjoy"

 

Internet_Loner

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This needs to go in the OP as it's pretty telling of who he is. Also youtube, at least we now know, is not a super stable career. I mean I guess this is funny to some people, but it's also extremely lolcow behavior.
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Doug himself admitted on national television that it wasn't the best way to quit his job. However CA/NC was raking in a lot of money by that point and he hated his job.

Using the video as proof of anything is silly.
 
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JuanButNotForgotten

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Well, even without this "leaks" we knew that CA has no management at all and I highly doubt something is going to change. Doug's fans have severe case of Stockholm syndrome, so they won't say a word about it. The biggest we can hope for is that Michaud will get mad and spill something about Linkara. (Well, if there is something this smug fuck hasn't masturbated on)
 

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Well, even without this "leaks" we knew that CA has no management at all and I highly doubt something is going to change. Doug's fans have severe case of Stockholm syndrome, so they won't say a word about it. The biggest we can hope for is that Michaud will get mad and spill something about Linkara. (Well, if there is something this smug fuck hasn't masturbated on)
But what could Michaud now about the cockslut that the internet hasn't already figured out?
 

Ten2Nine

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I've already posted these in the 'Channel Awesome' thread in several different posts but they're all here in one post. The producers are still going on Twitter (thus titled Volume 1) so there will definitely be more.

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Baldur's Gait

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I've already posted these in the 'Channel Awesome' thread in several different posts but they're all here in one post. The producers are still going on Twitter (thus titled Volume 1) so there will definitely be more.

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Semper fuckin' Fi sir, :semperfidelis:
 

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