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Twitch streamer responds following racist incident on stream

Published: 9/Jun/2019 9:38 Updated: 9/Jun/2019 10:10

by Joe Craven

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Popular Twitch streamer Jaime ‘iGUMDROP’ Horan has apologized after she received considerable criticism for allegedly racially stereotyping a random man during an IRL livestream.

Horan was walking down a street with a friend, when the two passed an African-American man minding his own business on the sidewalk. Horan’s friend then took off running, warning the streamer to “hold your purse!”

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iGUMDROP followed the example set by her friend, running behind her and laughing. Understandably, the clip garnered significant attention online, and the two were widely condemned for their behaviour, with many denouncing the act as racist.

Instagram: iGUMDROPiGUMDROP has over 125,000 followers on Twitch.
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Horan was live on her Twitch channel on June 8, which has over 125,000 followers, when she became emotional and apologized. “I really fucked up,” she started. “I don’t know why I did that. I just did.”

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“I want you guys to know,” she continued. “Anybody who I hurt through that clip – if I watch that clip myself I would have been so hurt by it. There’s not really an excuse for my actions and I don’t want people to defend me for it because I’m just sorry.”

She goes on to explain that she wants to treat the incident as a “learning experience.”

“I just never want someone to feel that way,” she said, clearly becoming emotional. “Even that guy who was in that clip, I didn’t see that he was on the phone, but what if he – I never want someone to feel so shitty over my ignorance, you know?”

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There was a mixed response from Horan’s Twitch viewers, as many found the apology genuine and felt the streamer’s emotions were authentic, and that the main portion of the blame should be directed towards her friend, who initiated the incident.

However, some felt the emotional response was hollow, as the streamer looked to recover from an event which led to widespread backlash.

Similarly, her friend in the video, who many felt was responsible for the incident, has also issued a response, in which she apologizes for her behaviour.

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“Most importantly, I want to say sorry to anyone I have offended or disappointed,” she said. She explained that the voice behind her made her nervous, and she ran away and made an “inexcusable comment” about holding on to her purse. 

She argued that she did not look behind her or know who the man was, just that she ran away, and that “none of this has been my intention”. 

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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.