Entertainment

Noah Beck responds to backlash over “homophobic” Sway LA TikTok

Published: 10/Aug/2020 23:37

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star and Sway House member Noah Beck has addressed the massive backlash he’s received after taking part in a group video that some critics are deeming “homophobic.”

Noah Beck is a recent addition to the Sway House, a content group full of TikTok and YouTube stars who collaborate on video ideas and other social media projects, much like the Hype House and Team 10.

While the Sway House is full of super-popular influencers, the group has come under fire as of late, after posting a video of themselves dancing to a song with motions that many critics are finding offensive.

The video in question shows Beck and the Sway boys dancing to Ayo Eisha’s song “Eisha No!” which features a lyric that says, “Look at the way that I walk.”

During this point in the song, the group walks in a way that some feel are mocking gay men, with commenters finding the dance moves offensive and homophobic.

One commenter spoke out on the issue underneath the original TikTok, writing, “Kinda sus bro,” to which Beck replied, “HAHA, that’s the point silly.”

Both the original TikTok and Beck’s response to the subject have been met with intense scrutiny online — but some are finding the tea around this particular scenario to be somewhat dry.

Noah Beck replies to a fan.
TikTok: Noah Beck / Twitter: DefNoodles
TikToker Noah Beck is coming under fire for his response to fans’ concerns over his recent video.

While many are calling out the dance moves as offensive, others are debating if the “walk” wasn’t simply meant to poke fun at sassy women, while others debate that the choreography is merely goofy, in general.

“I don’t understand how it’s homophobic,” one user wrote via Instagram. “That’s basically people saying that only gay men can act feminine, when that’s not true, ‘cause guys can act feminine and not be gay.”

“It isn’t even funny,” another argued. “I’m not even gay, but those type of boys would’ve definitely bullied the ‘feminine’ gay kids and are doing this for a trend.”

Commenters debate on Noah Beck's TikTok.
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Commenters appear to be largely divided as to the intentions behind Noah Beck’s TikTok.

While neither Beck nor Sway LA have said more at the time of writing, Beck and the House remain a subject of scrutiny as users continue to weigh in with their takes on the controversial video, which boasted over 8 million views before being deleted due to apparent copyright infringement.

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.