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Summit1g under fire for political correctness debate over Scarlett Johansson controversy

by Eli Becht

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Twitch streamer Jaryd 'Summit1g' Lazar upset a lot of fans and fellow streamers on July 14 after ranting about political correctness, a day after actress Scarlett Johansson said she should be able 'allowed to play any person' in movies.

Summit had a controversial Sunday afternoon on Twitter as he battled with fans all day about how actors should be able to play any role they want.

The tweets started with an initial tweet revealing he argued with his girlfriend and her friends over the comments uttered by actress Scarlett Johansson. 

Twitch: summit1g
Twitch: summit1g
Summit went deep into the rabbit hole.

"Just got done arguing with my girlfriend and her friends over this stupid Scarlett shit," he tweeted. "I'll never understand the other side of this argument. I'm blown away."

Several fans and streamers tried their best to explain the other side of the argument, but it's clear that Summit wasn't going to have any of it.

Twitch partner AnneMunition tried to explain it by giving an analogy of Twitch looking for someone just like Summit, but they hired her instead.

"Okay so imagine Twitch has a big sponsored thing they're doing and they need a guy name Jaryd from Colorado who's about 30 years old, excels at FPS games and looks good in snapback," she said. "And you're like, score. that's literally me. Now imagine Twitch hires me to do it instead."

Streamer FemSteph piggy-backed on that idea by comparing it to if somebody had to play the role of President Obama.

"Would it be weird if Matt Damon played the role of Obama in a movie," she asked. "Based off your argument, he's a great actor and so it shouldn't be an issue, right?"

Summit responded saying he would be okay with that. "Roles have been (taken) by other races and sex and I'm fine with it."

TriHex tried to explain to Summit that while Johansson is a top-tier actor and has the right to play anything, it is saddening to him when he sees a genuine opportunity for some to play an LGBTQ role, but it goes to a straight male or female.

Summit countered by saying it should be about the money they bring in above all else, and said that's all it boils down to.


He ended the discussion on Twitter by saying his agent told him to.

"Agent told me to stfu now," he said. "I'll end with this. It's a fucking movie. GGs good talks."

This will likely not be the last we hear of the situation so we'll keep you posted on what develops next.