YouTube vlogger Sam Rader is learning all about the dark side of celebrity. Last week the evangelical Christian vlogger had to come forward and admit that he did have an account with the Ashley Madison website, which promotes infidelity.
This was right on the heels of the controversy that helped Sam become viral. His YouTube popularity increased dramatically when he posted a video telling his wife that she was pregnant after he secretly ran a pregnancy test. See the video (I’ve linked to it below) if you want all the details.
The video was so big that Sam quit his job as a nurse. Then, a week later, Sam and his wife Nia said that she miscarried. People were already questioning the validity of the pregnancy announcement video: when they said they miscarried, people claimed the whole thing was a stunt to increase their popularity.
There was a conference for vloggers in Seattle (Vlogger Fair) over the weekend that Sam attended, and some other vloggers called Sam out about the pregnancy and miscarriage videos. Things got so heated that Sam was kicked out of the conference for allegedly threatening physical violence. He first told Gawker that he hadn’t threatened anyone before admitting:
It was one person, and I didn’t make a threat. What happened was there was a couple of fellow vloggers who had ridiculed our family on Twitter regarding the method we were mourning the loss, our miscarriage on Twitter.”
Things started on Friday when Sam approached a vlogger and “told him he had hurt our family and that was that.” On Saturday, Sam claims the vlogger “got in my face” and “put his chest up against mine.” Things escalated from there. When asked to clarify if he had threatened anyone, Sam said:
That’s absolutely not true. If I made a threat, it was to the one person, and it was, ‘You need to watch out before he messes with my family.’”
What a mess. There’s definitely a down side to celebrity sometimes! He needs to be careful: fame is fleeting…