After the two tragic mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, Texas on August 3 and in Dayton, Ohio on August 4, politicians and current US President laid some of the blame onto video games for their violent nature, claiming that they had some influence on the shooters’ actions.
The gaming community was outraged by the comments and refuted them heavily, with many players stating that video games had never influenced or caused them to be violent. However, Pokimane had something to say about the backlash during her stream on August 5.
Pokimane thinks the outrage is hypocritical
While reading Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau’s tweet about the President’s comments during the broadcast, the Twitch star addressed the fury from video game players.
“Ohhhh, and you know what’s kinda troll too?” she asked. “That like, we’ve let the President say and get away with so much shit.”
She added: “And then he attacks… he attacks video games and we’re like “RACISM! I can allow that! But video games? Uh-uh-uh!'” she laughed as she wagged her finger back and forth, struggling to contain her amusement.
The Moroccan-Canadian then explained how she wished she could go back to Canada to avoid the political debate over video games altogether.
“Anyways, yeah, I’m not going to sit here and talk like I know that much about politics, but I’m just going to say this makes me want to go back to Canada where my video games are appreciated.”
The US Presidents statement on video games
Pokimane’s reaction came after the US President issued a speech to condemn “gruesome and grisly” video games, following the Texas and Ohio mass shootings.
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves in a culture that celebrates violence. We should stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately,” he stated.
The tragic incidents saw at least 29 lives taken and 53 people seriously injured.