Twitch streamer under fire for trying to explain why racist jokes are "OK" - Dexerto

Twitch streamer under fire for trying to explain why racist jokes are “OK”

Published: 19/Sep/2019 9:15 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 9:49

by Calum Patterson


DarksydePhil, a popular gaming Twitch streamer, has faced criticism after attempting to explain why racist jokes and ‘generalizations’ are just “silly” and require “thick skin”.

The topic arose after a viewer asked why he called people upset by racist jokes “sensitive”, when he himself would be upset when mocked for gout, a form of arthritis.


“Why do you say people are sensitive over racist jokes, but you get upset when people joke about your gout?” DarksydePhil read back on his September 16 livestream, responding, “because racist jokes are silly, if you do them in a general fashion.”

DarksydePhil is a Twitch streamer and YouTuber.

“What I mean by that is, when you make a joke that is a racial generalization, about a race, let’s say something about the Italians, or the Chinese, it’s usually a generalization, you’re not directing that towards one person,” DarksydePhil explained.


The streamer described it as “observational comedy”, but continued by saying that “admittedly, people can get angry and get insulted, or touchy about it – you have to be careful, because some people just don’t have thick skin.”

However, with his medical condition, the streamer argued that “taking a jab at that is kinda fucked up,” suggesting that joking about a “heritage” is not a “big deal”, but joking about a medical condition is.

Clarifying, DarksydePhil said that “insulting someone personally” on the issue of race, is different from “making a general joke about race […] I think that’s ok.”


The streamer, who also goes by DSPGaming on YouTube, was criticized for his comments online, with some highlighting that his description of gout being hereditary is not entirely accurate, but even if so, there is nothing more hereditary than one’s race. Others labeled it as “hypocrisy at its finest.”


It’s not the first time that DSP, real name Phil Burnell, has made a similar argument. 


In a video compilation of allegedly racist jokes made by the content creator, he states “It’s funny to joke around and say things that, in a serious setting, might be racially insensitive, but they’re not really meant, and therefore, they can be pretty comedic.

DSP’s most infamous controversy occurred back in 2016, when he failed to notice that his camera was still live and masturbated while broadcasting.


Twitch has strict guidelines protecting against “hateful conduct”, which covers “any content or activity that promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical condition, physical characteristics, or veteran status.”

At the time of writing, DarksydePhil’s channel has not been handed a suspension from the platform for his comments.


Shroud stunned after logging into his old childhood RuneScape account

Published: 13/Oct/2020 23:11

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch icon Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was shocked after logging into his childhood RuneScape account and discovering that the game was not at all as he remembered it.

The former CSGO pro was taken back upon finding a way to log into his account that he created at the young age of nine or 10, and just how little he had actually accomplished in-game.


After the Canadian pulled up his inventory for the old account, his eyes wandered from side-to-side and top to bottom before he let out a disgusted groan.

“That’s it?!” he cried, clearly unhappy with his younger self. “That’s all I’m worth? That’s all I managed to achieve at the age of 10?”


Looking at shroud’s inventory, there’s nothing noteworthy that stands out with most of the available slots not even taken up by items.

“That’s it?” he groaned again before eventually turning to the denial phase of his cycle.

Not before long, shroud wondered why he had so little in his inventory. “I don’t believe this is all I have,” he continued. “There is no way this is all I managed to accumulate when I played that long ago.”


Eventually, the stunned Grzesiek pulled up his quests to see if he had completed anything cool and much to his chagrin, he didn’t even finish Monkey Madness.

This all said, as it turned out, shroud didn’t really play that much on the account, having a mere 42 days listed in his profile info.

“I was quite literally 10 years old!” he cried after his viewers called him a ‘casual.’ “16 plus years ago is when this thing was made!” he added, noting that the account was older than some of his fans.


“I was nine or 1o years old,” he continued. “Give me a break, okay?!”

With all of his disappointment, it just goes to show that sometimes we remember games, such as RuneScape, more fondly than they actually deserve to be or think we accomplished way more than we did.


In any case, shroud still has way more games to play as his casual content pursuit continues.