Internet users know that comment sections can be especially toxic, with Twitch chats being arguably the most degenerate out of all online platforms - a trait that popular streamer HasanAbi called out during one of his broadcasts.
Hasan was in the middle of a stream on May 31 when he used the word “Nicaragua,” prompting a wave of “cmonBruh” and “TriHard” emotes in the chat.
For those not ingrained in Twitch culture, the “cmonBruh” emote is often used when viewers think a streamer has used a racial slur or other such problematic language during a broadcast - although, in this instance, Hasan’s viewers were likely making a tasteless joke.
Their “joke” went a bit too far, as Hasan quickly went on a brutal tirade against the offending emote spammers, comparing them to “twelve-year-olds” and calling for his moderators to ban the emote from his chat.
“If I see this fucking emote one more time in my goddamn chat, dude,” Hasan began. “...You fucking idiots. You absolute fucking morons. God damn it, I hate you so much when you do this shit, chat. I hate it so fucking much, you’re like twelve years old.”
Hasan wouldn’t be the first popular Twitch streamer to call out his audience for casual racism, either; World of Warcraft streamer Asmongold likewise took aim at his chat during a broadcast on the same day, openly admitting that he’d banned the emote due to Twitch’s TOS.
“It don’t see how that’s hypocritical,” Asmon said of the matter. “I’m not supposed to have any racism in my channel. ...obviously, we can’t let that happen. Sorry to say, but there it is. Let’s not beat around the bush here.”
Many commenters across Reddit applauded Hasan for calling out the emote, with some targeting other popular streamers for allegedly doing nothing to stop their chats from getting toxic.
“Fucking thank you,” one user wrote. “It really bothers me how streamers like Greek, Train, Mizkif, etc. do literally nothing about this shit in their Twitch chats.”
“Refreshing to see” another said of the matter. “Casual racism isn't a meme, and streamers who say they can't control it in their chat are lying.”
As Twitch streamers grow more popular, their audiences become more varied, and using moderators to snuff out toxic behavior is becoming a necessity for an optimal experience for both viewers and broadcasters, alike.