John Butler, 84-year-old YouTuber, helps people cope with anxieties. Published on BBC, June 15, 2021.
Most of my life I have felt really a bit of a misfit in this world and I’ve felt most people weren’t interested in me… but I’m just quietly glad to be able to share what I love. Yes, that’s what it is.
People around the world have thanked John Butler from Bakewell, Derbyshire, for helping them cope with anxieties about the coronavirus pandemic. He has attracted millions of views and more than 120,000 subscribers with his philosophical videos about life and meditation.
The softly spoken ex-farmer became an unlikely YouTube star when an interview he gave in 2016 became popular with the online Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) community. ASMR is a tingly feeling some people get when they hear quiet, whispery noises.
“I think John’s videos bring with them so much freedom in a time where we feel so physically restricted,” UK viewer Jasmine Butcher said.
Video journalist: Alex Thorp