Notorious live online gaming streamer Trainwrecks was officially banned from social media site Twitch after he was found to have made a number of sexist comments regarding female streamers.
Unprecedented Sexist Rant
Trainwrecks, renowned for his World of Warcraft live streaming, was prevented from posting any further streams on Twitch for a five-day period.
It was a decision that came from Twitch after a video he made on the site about the rise in female users flaunting their body parts went viral. The rant included content that was considered offensive and attracted a large number of complaints from across the streaming community.
The first clip of the rant stated, “I’m sick of this shit. I’m sick of all the bullshit happening in this community. This used to be a god damn community of gamers, nerds, kids that got bullied, kids that got fucked with, kids that resorted to the gaming world because the real world was too fucking hard, too shitty, too lonely, too sad and depressing.”
“Now it’s run by the fucking god damn same sluts that rejected us, the same sluts that chose the god damn cool kids over us. The same sluts that are coming into our community, taking the money, taking the subs, the same way they did back in the day.”
“Fuck that, I am the god damn reality check. I am the god damn fucking king and I will lead you.”
Once Is Not Enough?!
In a second clip, Trainwrecks went even further by saying “We fuck a girl, good. We leave her that way, we put the pussy where it belongs, on the fucking ground. On the fucking couch. You don’t put it on the pedal-stool. Not in this fucking stream. You don’t put that shit on a pedal-stool. That shit belongs on the ground mother fucker. Get that shit in your head.”
He eventually added “JOBD. Jerk Off Before Donating. We don’t fuck around here. And if you’re sick of it, if you’re sick of it too, if you’re sick of all the god damn white knights, the god damn white knights that sit there, they defend, but at the end of the day they’re nothing. At the end of the day they get abused by the same girls. Give me an AP in the chat.”
Needless to say, it was a rant that drew controversy immediately. Trainwrecks was forced to put out an apology and he received widespread condemnation from those that labelled his remarks as sexist and misogynistic.
Unbelievably, it is not even the first time Trainwrecks has been banned by Twitch. The streamer confessed that he had been banned on a number of previous occasions for streaming inappropriate content.
“I’m So Sorry… Like, Seriously…”
Trainwrecks full apology read, “I’d like to apologize to all those that were negatively affected by my actions, in no way was this content meant to demean, bash, or hate on the entirety of the female community. There are amazing female streamers that provide great content, it was not my intention to discredit them all in any way, and I understand that this content did exactly that, and I am embarrassed.”
He continued, “With all of this being said, I want to reiterate that none of this justifies, or excuses my behavior and actions. I take full responsibility, and I want to apologize to Twitch, Twitch Staff, and most of all to those that I have offended, including the entire community.”
Old Habits Die Hard
Unfortunately, it appeared that despite making this apology, Trainwrecks lacked sincerity and had not learned from his suspension from Twitch. Over the following hours after the release of the apology, he was seen retweeting a number of tweets on Twitter that criticized ‘bikini streamers’.
The support for Trainwrecks comments came with fellow streamers suggesting that he was simply addressing a real issue and that his comments were not intended to criticize the female gender as a whole.
Twitch user StreamerTV stated, “I’ve researched #twitch for a long time. @Trainwreckstv is talking about booby streamers, not all “Women” on Twitch.”
A Twitter user, @OfficialChasho, tweeted Trainwrecks to say, “Bullshit, I hate twitch every time someone speaks the truth and calls out someone they just ban the person. It’s a bullshit scare tactic!”
However, in the main, Trainwrecks did receive a lot of criticism for his hate-fuelled comments. A number of critics focused on the tone and content of the speech, with the streamer being branded an ‘medieval’.
One individual, @TejasSiempre, tweeted, “Should be a perma ban for what you said man, grow up!”.
Another user, @Critterbites, said, “5 days go hard at the gym. Come back a bigger, stronger, more savage ape!”
Some Twitch users simply expressed frustration at a lack of clarity over rules. Holyzorea stated “Hey @Twitch would it be possible for you to PLEASE clarify your ToS and then start applying them evenly across the board? Give your viewers confidence that when they report a stream, it’ll be taken seriously. That would end this.”
Tip of the Iceberg
As the ongoing battle between various schools of thought over what is acceptable streaming content on Twitch continues, there is a feeling that this is just one of a number of issues relating to the social media site that is showing no signs of going away.
The rules of Twitch officially state that “Non-Gaming: You may not stream non-gaming content as the focus of a stream. Please keep your broadcast content related to a gaming theme. While not all of your stream must be directly gaming, we do not allow extended periods of non-gaming content to be broadcast on Twitch.”
Sadly, these regulations are still seemingly being manipulated by a minority of users. Twitch has recently confirmed that a number of changes are being passed to crack down on those that attempt to produce inappropriate content.