Popular YouTuber Steven ‘Boogie2988’ Williams has faced criticism from members of the gaming community for a comment about a teammate's family he made while streaming on Twitch.
The streamer and YouTuber was broadcasting popular battle royale game Apex Legends on Wednesday, February 13, teaming with random players picked for him by the game.
It was during one of these matches that Boogie2988 made a comment about one of his teammates, specifically circumstances involving his family life.
When jumping into the match of Apex Legends, Williams immediately asked one of his new teammates: “Are your parents still alive?” with his teammate confirming that both of his parents were still alive.
Boogie2988 then responded: “Are your parents still together?” to which the random squad member stated that they were not.
“Maybe I should take point then,” said Williams. “If your parents aren’t together, you probably come from a broken home. You’re probably going to get really angry when we start losing. Maybe you just learned how to channel that anger.”
After the clip was shared to Reddit, users criticized Boogie for his comments, calling them insensitive and questioning why he would make such remarks to a stranger.
Williams has admitted that his comments were "tasteless" and he understands why "it doesn't seem funny." Boogie 2988 also wrote on Twitter that it was a joke, and that he wasn’t “making fun of the dude for coming from a broken home,” saying that if he had, he would “apologize immediately.”
Ok final word on this reddit hate then I wanna be done with it.— Boogie2988 (@Boogie2988) February 14, 2019
It was a joke. The guy in the game took it as a joke. We had a great game together.
But I understand that it doesnt seem funny and was tasteless.
I also see why its toxic to "troll" voice chat.
Ok so after talking to some people they think I am making fun of the dude for coming from a broken home.— Boogie2988 (@Boogie2988) February 14, 2019
not what I was doing. I would NEVER do that.
If I did I would apologize immediately. But I didnt.
Sorry it seems that way tho.
Williams has reiterated that he believes the teammate who was involved in the incident took the comments as a joke and wasn’t upset by the situation.