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Twitch speedrunner banned after showing racist language on stream

Published: 19/Apr/2019 2:18 Updated: 14/Apr/2020 15:35

by Virginia Glaze

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Twitch has seen a number of controversies throughout the years, including slip-ups, vandalism, and more – but one incident saw a streamer banned for using offensive, racist language.

Popular fitness streamer and speedrunner Calebhart42 was in the midst of a broadcast on April 18 when he pulled up his Discord channel, showing a message from himself that contained a racial slur.

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While Calebhart quickly clicked away from the window, he wasn’t exempt from Twitch’s TOS, which saw his channel get banned from the platform shortly thereafter – likely due to his racist language shown during the stream.

[Caution: the clip below contains offensive language.]

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Banned for Discord crimes

However, unlike Calebheart, Alinity didn’t receive a ban for the slip-up – resulting in speculation as to why she hadn’t yet been punished for other TOS breaches that occurred during her previous broadcasts, such as her selfie taken on stream.

Racism recorded on Twitch

This wouldn’t be the first time that a streamer has been recently banned from the platform due to their racist behavior, either; one cosplayer got the ban hammer after applying blackface makeup on stream while recreating Apex Legends’ support legend, Lifeline.

Karupups, Twitch / Lord Balvin, TwitterTwitch streamer ‘Karupups’ was given a 30-day ban for applying blackface makeup on stream while creating a cosplay of Apex Legends’ Lifeline.

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The streamer later spoke out on her ban, claiming that her cosplay was “nothing but an image” and stating that her viewers had been “interested” in the costume that she created on stream.

Despite her argument, Twitch banned the streamer for 30 days due to “incitement to hatred towards a person or a group of people” – which was quickly followed by yet another racist incident during a stream at TwitchCon Europe.

[Warning: the clip below contains offensive language.]

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Two IRL streamers were the victim of a racist stream sniper at the convention, who shouted a slur into the camera in an apparent attempt to get their channel banned for the language.

The sniper didn’t get away scott-free, though – one of the two streamers approached the woman and gave her a piece of his mind, which ultimately ended in her apology.

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Both Calebhart and his sponsor, Counter Logic Gaming, have yet to speak out on the issue via social media.

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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.