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YouTuber tears up at cultural representation in Spiderman: Miles Morales

Published: 18/Sep/2020 13:19

by Alice Hearing

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YouTuber P1SM has shared an emotional clip of his first reaction to seeing the cultural representation in the new Spiderman: Miles Morales game.

The YouTuber set out to review the demo for Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales, based off hit movie Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, which was released in 2018 to critical acclaim.

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The film follows the main character Miles Morales in New York, who becomes the Spiderman of his universe, but quickly discovers there are others like him from five other universes. Miles is half African/American and half Puerto Rican.

When the film was released, it gained notoriety for more than just ticking a box for diversity; it was praised for providing the right nuances to represent a biracial teenager from Brooklyn.

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The long-awaited demo for Spiderman: Miles Morales was released this week

The same can now be said for the game; an important development in the quest for a greater diversity of video game protagonists. Spiderman: Miles Morales is a stand-alone adventure and a sequel to Marvel’s Spiderman (2018), with the demo released this week.

The 26-year-old gamer tweeted the clip out on Thursday of his reaction to seeing the same nuances played out in the game. The clip went viral on the platform, racking up an impressive 18,000 likes.

In the clip, JC becomes tearful as soon as he sees the number of Puerto Rican flags displayed in the scene from the trailer, and the markets in Harlem. He said: “This is awesome to see, part of my heritage just being on display with a character that I love.”

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JC tweeted reiterating his point, writing, “I’m a Puerto Rican/Dominican/Black man who grew up in the south Bronx. Everything I saw here reminded me of home, reminded me of family, reminded me of all the things I love about my culture. It hit me hard. Again, representation matters.”

His reaction resonated hard with a lot of people who felt the same way. As well as many others, streamer Ms 5000 Watts responded to the clip and wrote: “I felt the exact same way. You never know how a lack of representation affects you until you see that representation actually happen. Seeing the PR flags everywhere really hit me.”

Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set to launch on both the PS4 and PS5 on November 12 in the United States and November 19 worldwide.

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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.