With a target audience between 2-6 years old, Blippi fills the silence in many family homes. In total, his videos have been viewed over 7 billion times — mostly by kids. Parents often tune out the content that their kids watch on YouTube, although many wonder if Blippi is an appropriate option.
In his videos, his energetic and eccentric personality captivates kids. But what is Blippi like when he’s not filming videos for his fanbase?
Is the man behind Blippi, Stevin John, nice? Let’s find out.
Blippi Donates to the Make-a-Wish Foundation
Some parents are soothed by the fact that Blippi contributes to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, an organization whose mission is to make wishes come true for children with critical illnesses.
You could say that Blippi is nice because he’s willing to donate some time to his fans. In 2018, he spent the day at the zoo with 4-year old Ava.
However, with over 16 million subscribers across his multiple YouTube channels and a net worth of $6 million, Stevin John doesn’t appear to have history of donating to other charitable organizations. But then again, his wealth came just recently for him. Many wealthy individuals focus their giving near the end of their life or after they pass.
How Does Blippi Treat Kids?
In addition to spending time with kids to make their dream come true through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Blippi often hosts events where he gets to interact directly with his audience. He believes these events make a difference because he helps make kids feel seen by someone who is a hero in their lives.
Sometimes meet-and-greet events are an upgrade for those who purchase tickets to his live shows, but he is also known to host stand-alone events at malls. In a 2018 interview, Blippi explains how during meet-and-greet events, people (like event managers or coordinators) usually tell him he needs to rush each interaction. He wishes he could have more time to connect with each child.
Even though Blippi can’t talk to every fan face-to-face, he loves that he can give each child the experience through his videos. When he talks to the camera, he imagines that he’s talking directly to the kids. And when they watch, they can feel like they’re talking to him, too.
What is Blippi Like in Real Life?
One writer for The Spinoff tells about an experience she had with the actor who plays Blippi. She claims that Stevin John is “funny and kind and engaging” and that “he’s just like Blippi.”
Stevin John himself agrees. He thinks that Blippi’s personality isn’t too far off from his own, although he does give his character more energy and enthusiasm than he has in his day-to-day life.
Why Did Stevin John Create Blippi?
Blippi was first inspired to make videos after he witnessed his 3-year-old nephew watching low-quality videos on YouTube. He felt inspired to create quality content for kids that was free to watch and educational. Even though many people criticized his goals, he persevered to turn Blippi from a solo project into a professional production complete with a team and merchandise.
What Did Stevin John Do Before Blippi?
It might be surprising that Blippi didn’t have any experience in acting before creating his popular show. From a young age, Stevin John wanted to be a fighter pilot. He served in the Air Force for one term and decided it wasn’t what he wanted to do after all.
In an interview from 2018, Blippi explains how he started to think about how he didn’t want to “concentrate on missiles” and “shooting.” Some part of Stevin John knew that violence would not fulfill his life—instead, he turned to content creation.
For those who are still wondering, Stevin John, the creator of Blippi, seems like a pretty nice guy. He enjoys creating free content for kids to help them learn about and engage with the world around them. He devotes much of his time to being Blippi.
As someone who dislikes violence and loves connecting with kids, Blippi is a nice person who is focused on creating educational videos for children.