I've tried to write Wikipedia entries about him on two separate occasions, but they've deemed his influence and importance as negligible. I guess they're right. However, Rebecca Bradley over at the Skeptic Ink Network, has written a more-concise-that-I-could-ever-do summary of his characteristics:
I think it's important, however, to also highlight the folk-art industriousness with which William Tapley has made his videos. There's an artistic quality and sense of balance in Tapley's videos that most YouTube cranks don't come to realize. He pays attention to little details: in his earlier videos, for example, he stands or poses out in nature near his home in upstate New York, framed carefully by interesting, irrelevant backgrounds.
Chronologically, he has adapted to new elements in his videos: in his first video, he speaks directly to the camera, but he holds a microphone by his fifth video; for his early outdoor videos, he moves to a different location for each video; for his indoor videos, he stands in front of a flannelboard with Bible verses printed on coloured sheets of paper, always with a slightly different background; I was a little disappointed when he started using a green screen, but he's started to become quite adept at interacting with its images and mixing digital and handmade elements. He adapts to new technology quickly, but also appears to have a good "get things done" sense of quality control: if the flannelboard and Comic Sans printed papers are more effective for his purpose, that's what he'll use.
I'm not saying that his videos are "high quality" or anything like that—they're exceptionally cheesy and lo-fi. But there's a quality to them that's certainly more interesting than the "talking to a webcam" style that pervades a good portion of the videos on YouTube. He's actually trying to produce a show. He's doing his best to set up a way to get his message out there.
A few of my favorite Bill Tapley videos
I first heard William Tapley when I saw "It's Prophesied" posted to a few weblogs I read. However, a few weeks later, Tapley released this little ditty with some of the worst end-rhymes I've ever heard. It was a tough choice, but I think "Doom & Gloom" is a better song than "It's prophesied."
Here's a video where Bill discusses his sculptures of "attractive young ladies."
This short video has some impressive conservative misinformation and a very pleasant background.
There's one more I wanted to share, wherein he starts by showing himself making maple syrup in, I assume, his back yard. But I can't find it right now.
All I can say is that I hope I am as productive as Bill is when/if I get a chance to retire. He's a real creative workhorse, even though I don't agree with a thing he says. I admire his determination to produce new work each week.
7/21/2021 02:43:28 am
This man has no idea of scripture. If it were true of his interpretación of the paintings in the Denver Airport....why didnt he interpret that underneath that airport were tunnels where children were being kept for horrid doings as we know now!!! He is obsessed with sex symbols. He is no prophet, and his sculptures all have the same face and are empty shells like masks. I doubt that he made them. He is a secterian and hangs on to his own lies. He wants fame, using religion as a shield. He proclaimed once that he was above all. The one & only. This is terrible.
1/21/2022 06:56:35 pm
What the fuck are you on you stupid, worthless sack of shit! Stand down human filth!
4/1/2022 02:28:23 pm
7/27/2022 12:34:15 pm
In careful analysis of his reasoning he doesn’t have any other peer reviewed sources. With interpretive mediums (like sacred scriptures) there is usually a universal understanding of basic and common truths which are scrupulously analyzed by others both in and outside of the community. The analysis of commercials and even structural buildings is odd, as he appears to draw conclusions before looking for evidence to back it up. Anyone who claims to have “absolute understanding of the truth” should be heavily scrutinized. His fraudulent claims are not reviewed by historians, or scholars, or even those who know the actual number in Revelations is not 666 but rather 696. Due to a mistranslation. But what do I know, that fact was only peer reviewed by experts and scholars who went to Oxford and Harvard and trekked to the Middle East and spoke the original Hebrew and Aramaic language.
1/10/2023 09:16:17 pm
He is a good hearted man doing God's work he is not part but who is I like saying the rosery with him did not our lady ask us to pray he is all about the rosery which his critics most likely do not say
4/28/2023 11:44:48 pm
I am not exactly retired, but homeless.
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