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Greekgodx responds after Twitch ban for “hateful” gender comments

Published: 19/Sep/2019 10:28 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 12:24

by Miguel Lozada

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Popular Twitch streamer Dimitri ‘Greekgodx’ Antonatos has apologized after receiving a suspension from the platform, following comments about gender which broke the community guidelines on hateful conduct.

Greekgodx is one of the most popular British streamers on all of Twitch, broadcasting a variety of content from gaming, talk shows, and IRL (in-real-life) streams – amassing almost 900,000 followers.

His streams have been brought to a sudden end though, at least temporarily, after comments he made about gender options on music sharing website SoundCloud.

Greekgodx/TwitchGreekgodx was closing in on 900,000 followers before his ban.

During a stream in September, Antonatos suggested that SoundCloud was ‘catering to cucks’ by having the options “other” and “prefer not to say” in the gender selection when making an account.

“Fuck off – if you put ‘other’, they should say ‘sorry, SoundCloud is not for you'” Greek said, sparking controversy, as such comments have seen other streamers suspended or even permanently banned from Twitch.

After being banned on September 19, Greekgodx confirmed that his comments about gender were the reason for the punishment, and apologized for any offense he may have caused.

“It was a joke and I’m really sorry to anyone I offended,” the streamer explained, “I didn’t mean to be hurtful or hateful.”

The reason for the ban likely falls under Twitch’s community guidelines on “hateful conduct”, which prohibits any content or activities that “promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence” based on gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

“Any hateful conduct is considered a zero-tolerance violation,” Twitch states. “We will take action on all accounts associated with such conduct with a range of enforcement actions, including and up to indefinite suspension.”

The length of Greek’s ban has not been confirmed, although because it is not his first suspension it could be a longer period. Twitch bans typically run either 24 hours, three days, seven days or 30 days, with severe violations earning a permanent ban.

He has fallen foul of the platform’s rules in the past, previously in April 2018 after a photoshopped image of another streamer lying nude was displayed on his broadcast.

Overwatch

Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.