Trihex gets angry with Destiny over use of racial slurs - Dexerto

Trihex gets angry with Destiny over use of racial slurs

Published: 24/Oct/2019 19:09 Updated: 24/Oct/2019 19:48

by Alan Bernal


Twitch streamers Steven ‘Destiny’ Bonnell II and Mychal ‘Trihex’ Jefferson are at a crossroads over the private use of racial slurs.

Co-hosts of The DT Podcasts, the two personalities usually dive into hot-button issues centered around gaming, streaming, politics, and more. But the conversation has been getting a bit personal ever since it resurfaced that Destiny uses a taboo racial word in private jokes.

The conversation got rather uncomfortable for Trihex, who is of African-American descent, when Destiny, who is of Cuban-American descent, wouldn’t relent from barring the use of the slur from his private life.

Even though Destiny’s use of the word has been known for quite some time, it’s been stirring a lot of emotions and opinions, especially with the interactions with his long-time friend.

“It hit me kind of hard, not going to lie Destiny,” Trihex said on the Rajj Royale Podcast. “When you said you don’t care how others come off with your private demeanor even if it includes the usage of the ‘n’ slur. I don’t choose to be black, but I ultimately have been offended by that word.”

Even though Trihex has defended Destiny when similar situations cropped up, the pro Speedrunner says “it’s really disingenuous for me to converse with [Destiny], if [Destiny] privately still uses ‘hard R’, the most contextually offensive word in modern American English language.”

Destiny responded by saying “that’s completely for [Trihex] to believe” if the use of the word offends or makes it seem like he’s a racist.

In a separate occasion, Destiny tried to justify his use of the slur with four premises: race being a social construct, half-black/half-white people are still considered black, that “Hispanic people are allowed to say it,” and that he was half Cuban.

Even though Destiny may think that his argument justifies his actions, the Wednesday 23 iteration of The DT Podcast ended rather abruptly after a single point of conversation.

Trihex had asked Destiny if he’d publicly say he “wouldn’t use possibly edgy jokes that contain the n-word with a hard-R,” since Trihex is known to associate with him. But Destiny said he wasn’t prepared to lie about “some principle I have to save face for you publicly.”

The situation at that point was at an awkward stall until Trihex opened up about it with a flurry of tweets on October 24.

“Slept on it & I’d like to clarify some things concerning yesterday: I ultimately went into this conversation about private n-word usage incorrectly w/ Destiny. I regret making it a public convo as I was way too emotionally volatile to engage,” Trihex said.

He noted how he wanted to have a discussion of the “lack of empathy [he] felt from Destiny,” the use of the  word in private, and enabling these slurs from him by association.

Destiny had apologized for the “empathy stuff,” but Trihex still wanted to make his point that “edgy jokes, including slurs, can be hurtful. Public knowledge of them is a weird position to be in as it calls on principles to dictate how you feel.

The DT Podcast’s next installment has been cancelled, according to Destiny, and it remains to be seen how the situation will shake out between the two.


How to watch the TikTok Room Awards: Nominees, results & more

Published: 28/Nov/2020 16:01

by Charlotte Colombo


Popular drama page TikTok Room delighted its 1.8 million followers this week when, on November 25, they announced on their Instagram that they would be hosting their very own awards show!

The post also announced that voting would be on Friday 27 November, with the awards then streaming tonight on Saturday 28 November.

Details surrounding what the award categories were was initially vague, with the account teasing more information throughout the week before opening the polls on Friday for fans to vote for some of their favorite TikTokers in various categories.

Despite the categories remaining unclear prior to voting being open, that didn’t stop some of TikTok’s biggest stars endorsing the awards and encouraging fans to vote for them.

Among other famous faces like Skai Jackson, Nessa Barrett, and Jacob Sartorius, Sway House star Bryce Hall endorsed the awards in a video, joking that he was probably nominated in the “most problematic” category, while Charli D’Amelio, who recently reached 100k followers on the TikTok, told her fans that “there is a special award show on Sunday” and encouraged them all to vote.

Although some fans found that there was difficulty submitting their votes – with TikTok Room explaining in an Instagram post that this was due to heavy traffic on the form- by the time the polls were closed, TikTok Room announced that over 500,000 votes were cast after teasing fans earlier that day with just how close some of the categories were.

What are the categories?

The TikTok Room awards consists of 28 categories in total, and are as follows:

  • Most active with fans
  • Best couple
  • Best makeup
  • Most positive
  • Best style (male)
  • Best style (female)
  • Best ship
  • Best dancer (male)
  • Best dancer (female)
  • Best fandom
  • Funniest TikToker/ collab
  • Best diss track
  • Least problematic (male)
  • Least problematic (female)
  • Best role model
  • Best group/duo
  • Kindest TikToker
  • Best dance creator
  • Best song
  • Most talented musician
  • Most achieved (male)
  • Most achieved (female)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (male)
  • Favourite TikToker/ Influencer (female)
  • Best clapbacks/ comebacks
  • Best YouTuber
  • Best hair
  • Best house

The running order of these categories is not yet clear.

When do the TikTok Room awards start?

While the awards themselves start at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, TikTok Room have announced that there will be a pre-show from 6pm Eastern Standard Time.

It isn’t quite certain how exactly the awards will be broadcast, although TikTok Room did confirm to a fan in the comments section that they would be posting the results on their Instagram page throughout the night.

So, to watch the awards, your best bet is to keep an eye on TikTok Room’s Instagram account!