Three of Twitch’s biggest names – Hasan Piker, Trainwrecks and xQc – have butted heads on social media over a number of issues, with Train also criticizing Piker’s community of fans.
Hasan Piker has become the most-watched streamer on Twitch thanks to his coverage of the election. But, given the primary topic of his content, it’s bound to start contentious debates. On November 6, Piker was vocal on Twitter about the events unfolding.
xQc, in a promptly deleted tweet, called out Piker for ‘outdoing himself’ and criticizing him for “insulting people for their political views/beliefs regardless of background”. He followed his tweets up by saying: “Wishing or celebrating harm is never a good thing imo. Once you start doing it and justifying it, it becomes a slippery slope.”
Wishing or celebrating harm is never a good thing imo. Once you start doing it and justifying it it becomes a slippery slope and can be misused and transformed into something much worse. Accepting the behavior because it fits current public opinion doesn't make it right.
— xQc (@xQc) November 6, 2020
Just a day later, Piker clashed with TrainwrecksTV. On November 7, a now-deleted Trainwrecks tweet caught the attention of Piker and his fans.
In the Tweet, Train mocked cancel culture and said that people “on Twitch/Twitter that are for the rehabilitation” of heinous criminals are “just grandstanding, because they’re the same ones requesting the NSA to release my Xbox Live logs so they can end my life with the F word I dropped in 2001.”
Reacting to the tweet on stream, Hasan commented: “There’s no f**king way that he’s talking about me, I hope. Because I literally defend him when people say he’s like transphobic or some sh*t”.
Fans of Hasan then began calling Train out. Later on November 7, Train Tweeted: “hey @hasanthehun brigade this, I like you as a person but holy f**k, your viewers & community are all f**king p**sies”.
Piker responded to say that his fans “let their voices be heard” when they hear something they take issue with. He used the example that he is on the receiving end of their criticism fairly frequently.
listen if they don’t like something they let their voices be heard, they yell at me all the time.
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) November 8, 2020
Train wasn’t done there, though, getting into arguments with a number of Hasan’s followers. To Piker, Train responded: “I’m cool with that, but when I text you at the creation of the tweet predicting that they would fabricate drama between us to try and involve you as their back up, you have to know at that point that you have some RATS nesting in your house”.
It appears Train texted Hasan when he made the original tweet to ensure it was taken lightly. Piker’s followers, though, seem to have taken it very seriously.
i avoid drama and have been out of it for years, me making fun of sad mfers like you that believe in prison reform (which is fine) BUT then turn around and destroy and end people's lives because they said the f word 19 times in 1949 isn't drama, it's facts, you're a pussy https://t.co/BKRF7CWMBx
— Trainwreck (@Trainwreckstv) November 8, 2020
With one final Tweet, Train reiterated his criticisms of cancel culture, as well as stating his desire to avoid further drama.