An open letter to Mr. Atheist, and other YouTube content creators.
This is an open letter to Mr. Atheist and other YouTube content creators. I speak for myself and by my own accord, and on behalf of the NonSequitur show fans who wish to acknowledge themselves as being in support of this letter and who have demanded answers as to the missing tens of thousands of dollars, donated equipment, and as to the financial records, which have not yet been handed over to my attorney.
A patron recently pointed out a Mr. Atheist subreddit where someone was asking for clarity regarding the NonSequitur controversy…a question I believe will be asked more and more frequently by fans of Mr. Atheist, and other YouTube creators who may either still affiliate with the channel or have, for their own reasons, abstained from weighing in on the matter. This letter is to allow Mr. Atheist, and other YouTube creators who wish to maintain their reputation and high level of ethical standards a chance to ask themselves the same questions that the NonSequitur show fans are asking. Where is the money? Where are the financial records? Where are the Patreon and Amazon donations?
I have publicly stated, and reaffirm that if Mr. Atheist, or any other trusted YouTube creator, is, rather than simply trusting one side over the other, asks for and is shown the books and is willing to certify that the estimated $60,000+ in revenue is properly accounted for, I will take his word for it. I believe this would go a very long way towards showing the community that people are not being tribalistic, but will hold ourselves to the same standard that we would hold theists or televangelists who have failed to account for the donations of their parishioners. It would also, I believe, legitimize Mr. Atheist, or any other YouTube creator who continues to associate with the NonSequitur Show channel as having acted in good faith, and insulate them should more material facts become public.
Today I notarized and gave to my attorney a 12 page, 7 point complaint for filing with the General Court of Justice Superior Court Division (Gulford County). For all practical purposes, we consider this an unlosable case, as the defendent has repeatedly admitted to the debt, contract, and locking me out. He has, contrary to NC state law, refused to show the financial records to a partner in a joint business enterprise. Per NC state law, given the material facts of the matter, we are also seeking financial restitution for all attorney and court costs, which unfortunately will likely be drawn from the donations by the NonSequitur fans, not, I suspect, the original intent of the donations.
I know that Mr. Atheist and/or other YouTube creators respect that when people donate funds, with an expectation, those expectations will be met. We all have an ethical responsibility to ensure that that’s what in fact takes place. Failure to do so does not just do a disservice to ourselves, but to our fans as well. So I ask, will Mr. Atheist and/or other YouTube creators to stand up and engage the difficult questions, and do so with the same rigor that they would and have of so many others? When $60,000 or more in cash and equipment are unaccounted for on a show with which they affiliate, do they engage, or do they look the other way?
There are differences between us, but surely this request transcends them, and goes straight to the heart of who we are. When push comes to shove; Will good people stand up and do the right thing? The decision is ultimately yours, but please consider this a goodwill gesture to you, or to those who wish to get out of the way of a speeding bus coming down the road…before it hits the oncoming train.