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Popular RuneScape streamer banned for using homophobic slur

Published: 17/Jun/2019 23:00

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Popular Twitch streamer Alfred ‘Alfie’ Loera has been banned from the platform after using a homophobic slur during a recent RuneScape broadcast.

Twitch is known for its heavily-policed Community Guidelines, and has no qualms swinging the ban hammer if any user breaks them, regardless of popularity. Take Dr Disrespect’s recent ban for streaming in a public bathroom as an example.

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Bans usually last either 24 hours, three days, or 30 days depending on the severity of the offense, and whether the user has faced repercussions previously. RuneScape streamer Alfie has seemingly been banned permanently from the platform after his 24-hour ban earlier this year for a racist text-to-speech donation.

Twitch: AlfieThe RuneScape streamer was banned after using a homophobic slur.

What did Alfie do?

During his RuneScape stream, Alfie was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, which led him to break Twitch’s Community Guidelines by using a homophobic slur. It’s not the first time RuneScape streamers have broken the rules.

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It’s not entirely clear what Alfie was doing when he was broadcasting, but it seems as though he could have been talking to a friend, as he said “you told me to call you back” before looking at his camera and exclaiming loudly, “suck a dick, F-word.” (The word in question is a derogatory slur for a homosexual person, and we do not wish to repeat it here.)

The person in the room with him immediately winced, shouting “OOOOH” before Alfie put his hands to his mouth in shock and sunk to the floor, stating, “I didn’t say that, I’m sorry! Fuck! No! I didn’t mean to say it!”

(Viewers be warned that the following clip includes NSFW and very offensive language.)

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There were mixed reactions

Reactions to Alfie’s ban were mixed, with the streamer himself tweeting, “I believe I’m permanently banned from twitch, who do I talk to from staff to find out more details and to try to appeal. I didn’t mean to. please somebody help.”

Support from fans poured in from all over the internet, with many unsure of why he’d allegedly received a permanent Twitch ban instead of a three or 30 day ban instead.

“People get banned for saying that?! That’s ridiculous. I don’t understand how people can get so offended BY A WORD,” one Reddit user said. 

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“Because in marketing image is everything and advertisers don’t want to be associated with people that use homophobic slurs, which makes perfect sense. Alfie knew the rules, broke them repeatedly, and got punished,” another user argued.

RedditPeople were arguing over the ban.

Controversial YouTuber and fellow streamer Paul ‘ICE POSEIDON‘ Denino was quick to jump to Alfie’s defense, tweeting, “[Hope] you get this figured out, you’re too nice of a dude for this punishment lol.”

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The YouTuber has been embroiled in a few controversies of his own, and is certainly no stranger to internet criticism.

Some people weren’t so forgiving, with one disgruntled person replying to a fan who blamed his use of the slur on a ‘heated gamer moment’ with, “if it’s your first compulsion to say slurs in a heated moment it says something about you as a human, in videogames or otherwise.”

It is currently unclear as to how long Alfie’s ban will be for, whether it’s a 30-day or actually permanent. Twitch is very strict with their Community Guidelines, and if it’s not his first ban then it wouldn’t be surprising if they don’t let him come back.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.