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Brett Keane

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Brett Keane
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Brett Keane
Age 40
Born December 21st, 1976
Web Presences

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Personal Site

Brett Donald Keane is a 40-year-old internet personality who rose to prominence in the mid-2000s for his e-begging, plagiarism, doxing, abuse of the DMCA, and near-constant attempts to stir drama. Brett has no ideological loyalties and has attempted, since the dawn of YouTube, to chase any group who will give him their sympathies and money.[1]

Brett considers himself an author, a musician, and a political commentator, but his misuse and mispronunciation of common English words,[2] as well as his inability to respect common writing conventions,[3] have made him a target of frequent derision. Brett became known for blocking those who disagree with him and those who point out flaws and inconsistencies in his videos, a trait he maintains up to this day. Brett's previous history with domestic abuse,[4] doxing opponents,[5] filing false DMCA requests on videos critical of him,[6] lying about past events,[7] being banned from YouTube upwards of thirty times for failing to meet community guidelines, as well as the aforementioned e-begging, have become his legacy.

History

Pre-YouTube

Brett's presence on the internet began sometime around 2000, when he began to produce websites and posts on various message boards advertising his writing and his music. Frequently, he was banned from these sites, but came back under pseudonyms. It wasn't until the creation of his first YouTube account in 2006 that Brett's worst qualities began to show, though his plagiarism was discovered prior to it, on a now-defunct forum known as Atheist FM.

Early YouTube

Brett's early videos on atheism began to draw a small following, and Brett followed suit by producing multiple videos a day. Anyone critical of him was deemed a "hater" and was blocked from his channel. Brett became known as a pathological liar, rewriting his internet history on many occasions and giving at least two differing explanations for criminal records incriminating him as a domestic abuser.[4] This did not win Brett many supporters, and under the pressure of having been found out as a plagiarist,[8] Brett became erratic.

Soon after, Brett teamed up with a Christian YouTuber named Firefly515, declaring an "e-war" on their haters and conspiring to misuse the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to get videos critical of them removed from the site. Those using the likeness of either individual for criticism were given 48 hours to remove the videos or risk having their accounts suspended.[6] This did little to deter those who were against him. Brett began to blame everyone he could think of of being behind the onslaught of trolls, even threatening to sue YouTube for not stopping it.[9]

The situation culminated in Brett doxing the owner of Atheist FM, whom he believed was behind the attacks.[10] Not long after, Brett was banned from YouTube, though he went to other video hosting sites and came back under a multitude of other YouTube channels, most of which shut down shortly thereafter.

2009-2010: Straightd0pe

On May 7th, 2009, an anonymous Canadian YouTuber by the name of Straightd0pe attracted the attention of Brett by way of a video response entitled "The Straightd0pe on Brett Keane a.k.a TheStallion76", detailing his internet history up to that point.[11] Brett became defensive, calling Straightd0pe a troll in private messages and blocking him. The video response was removed two weeks later due to a DMCA notice filed in Brett's name. Publicly, despite his past history, Brett denied having sent one and even denied knowing about the videos, but given the timing, the PMs, and the fact that his most recent comeback attempt, under the name TheStallion76, had just been quashed, this is patently false.

Brett struck back at Straightd0pe after he believed he found his alternate identity, a Christian YouTuber named james777705965. James and Straightd0pe clearly sounded nothing alike, but Brett continued to push the point.[12] As Brett claimed YouTube had given him permission to come back to the site, Straightd0pe challenged him to show off the email exchange where that had occurred. Nothing of the sort ever materialized.

Straightd0pe received a second DMCA for his second video to Brett. This was accompanied by a PM from Brett's MrEvilution777 account, simply reading "strike 2". Brett claimed Straightd0pe had trolled him with insults and that was what prompted the PM, but Straightd0pe showed off the real PM chain in a third response video.[7] Brett then attempted to intimidate Straightd0pe using information from the DMCA counter-notices in YouTube comments; Straightd0pe, assuming something like this would occur, used the information of his lawyer instead, who legally had joint access of the account.[5]

2011: Debate With Straightd0pe

The two stopped communicating for around two years. In response to Brett calling his haters "chicken shit" for not debating him live, in early 2011, Straightd0pe challenged Brett to a live, one-on-one debate on BlogTV.[13] After hesitating and attacking Straightd0pe for taking money as a YouTube Partner after criticizing his e-begging, Brett relented, and the debate occurred on April 16, 2011.[14]

The debate started seven minutes into the broadcast, as an echo transferred the conversation from BlogTV to Skype. Throughout, Brett attempted to use Straightd0pe's anonymity as an argument, to the annoyance of Straightd0pe and the present BlogTV audience. With every point, and even in the face of video evidence, Brett deflected. For example, early on, Brett explained away a privacy complaint about people using his real name (something present on all of his videos and many of his channel names) by bringing up his doxing and people supposedly attacking his family. On the topic of the DMCAs filed against Straightd0pe, Brett claimed the early incident with Firefly515 was a mere parody and began to tell an unrelated story of a Halloween video made with Firefly515.

Brett claimed he got the name Edward from a video posted by gimmeabreakman.[15] The video was posted months after Brett's initial comments with the name featured, and the video was about a completely separate, unrelated individual who ran the now-defunct Japan-centric website japundit.com. Brett had doctored it to appear as though it was about Straightd0pe.[16] This also contradicted Brett's earlier attempt to link Straightd0pe to james777705965. Brett's wife Dawn appeared shortly after Brett's plagiarism of the Judy Burnette poem was discussed, attempting to help Brett get his story straight.

An hour and a half into the debate, after getting noticeably frustrated, Brett hung up. After the debate, he killed all communication with Straightd0pe, leaving Straightd0pe to post his final thoughts in a video and let the topic rest.[16]

2012-Present

After the Straightd0pe debate, Brett publicly became a Christian (or as he dubbed it, a "God-Believer") as Christians had given him more money than atheists did.[1] Not long after, Brett established his current venture, GodTVRadio. This is where Brett can be found today, along with making many appearances on the Drunken Peasants, the podcast that fellow YouTube atheists The Amazing Atheist and PaulsEgo created.[17]

E-begging

Though the practice of e-begging (or soliciting money and donations through one's audience by way of guilt or manipulation) was common in the atheist community, Brett was particularly egregious about it. Brett claimed he was unable to work due to his failing health and acute agoraphobia, but would frequently advertise his Amazon wishlist in other videos. In fact, to this day, his Amazon wishlist is still linked on the front page of GodTVRadio and regularly updated.[18] Often, his e-begging attempts would line up with the release of new toys and video games:

  • In one prominent example, after the release of the Xbox 360 S in June 2010, Brett claimed his house would be going up for auction and that he desperately needed money in order to stay. Details were slim in this video, and with US law dictating that tenants cannot be forcefully evicted for 30 days, these claims were especially suspect.[19]
  • In October of the same year, Brett claimed he hadn't paid rent and was close to eviction.
  • In December 2010, Brett highlighted his Amazon wishlist in a video. The list, in total, cost $2,300.[20]
  • In January 2011, Brett claimed he was to be evicted for not paying several months worth of rent. The amount of money he needed came out to be $2,300, the same amount as the total of his Amazon wishlist.

In his attempts to play victim in any given situation, Brett often claims trolls are attacking his family. A good example is in the video where he doxed the owner of Atheist FM; towards the end of the video, the words "You will never attack my kids & wife again" display centered on the screen.[10]

Domestic abuse

Public records of past domestic abuse charges filed on Brett Keane

Case number 23CV302-5916 of the Missouri courts shows that Dawn Keane, née Collins, had filed domestic abuse charges and a restraining order on Brett in September 2002. This is apparently the third time this has occurred. While the case cannot be directly linked, thanks to the way the site works, putting the case number into this site returns the case in question. Dawn herself has since appeared in many videos with Brett, including ones where she attempts to explain the charges.[4]

Plagiarism

Brett is known for stealing the writing and content of others and passing them off as his own. The most prominent example of this is with the Judy Burnette poem "Dad", which Brett retitled and passed off as his own in a video posted specifically to distract from being caught in lies about his past domestic abuse records.[8] On other occasions, Brett has stolen articles from Yahoo! Finance[21] and lyrics from 15-year-old girls[22] and claimed them to be his own works.

Eternal Undying Love

Cover of Eternal Undying Love

Eternal Undying Love is a book self-published by Brett Keane in 2004.[3] Outside of his YouTube career, Eternal is what Brett is best known for, as it is a poorly-formatted, over-the-top gothic horror novel where the most minimal of editing and spell-check operations have been neglected. Ostensibly set in the town of Quiet Meadows, Eternal documents the rise of an "Anti-Christ" and a demon army poised to take control of the world. The book's protagonist, Detective Stalker, and his partner, Dawn, are tasked with saving the world. The book's description on Amazon also manages to work in vampires, as well as TJ Church-esque overuse of the ampersand (&).

People have taken note of some of the glowing, five-star reviews of the book being rather suspect. Though these reviews are now gone, Brett was suspected of having written more than a few himself, under varying pseudonyms. As of 2017, the book has 2.3 stars out of five on Amazon, with the only five-star review being wholly ironic.

Music

Brett has released a few songs under his own name.[23] The songs carry a heavy industrial influence, similar to The Downward Spiral-era Nine Inch Nails. Overall response has not been positive, and as of 2009, Brett has not produced more. Of note is that the music of Brett's brother, Justin, is featured prominently on the front page of GodTVRadio.

"Keaneisms"

"And people have been claiming that the guy was never insultive."

Brett Keane is infamous for misusing words and mispronouncing others.[2] A non-exhaustive list of what have been dubbed "keaneisms" is as follows:

Keaneism Intended phrase
Insultive Insulting
Duplicious Duplicitous
Quander Quandary
Turbine Turban
Crayon Koran
Matinee Manatee
God Believers Theists
Whenever When
As well as And
Slander and liability Libel
Working on all cinder blocks Firing on all cylinders

In addition, Brett is known for overusing certain words and phrases, usually to make himself look smarter than he is. "Situation" and "individual" are common examples, as is the phrase "sitting there", as exemplified by the Straightd0pe BlogTV debate.[14] Any big words he uses are undermined by his inability to form a proper sentence.

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