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YouTuber under fire for dramatic Coronavirus prank

Published: 6/Feb/2020 23:23 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:23

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTuber and prankster “kmoorethegoat” has sparked backlash across social media after uploading a “practical joke” video capitalizing on current panic surrounding the Coronavirus.

The current Novel Coronavirus outbreak, which was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019, was recently declared a Global Health Emergency by the World Health Organization on January 30.

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With countries like the United States imposing travel bans on those making their way from the Chinese Wuhan province, citizens worldwide have begun to panic about potentially contracting the virus, which has claimed a reported 634 lives.

Despite the severity of the situation, some online content creators are taking advantage of the hysteria surrounding the illness, including YouTuber “kmoorethegoat.”

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Kmoore uploaded a video “pranking” bystanders in public on February 5, where he and a group of actors rushed to “apprehend” other performers who pretended to be infected with the virus.

Although he prefaced his video by claiming that his “practical joke” was merely for comedic purposes and not intended to offend, commenters across the net are sounding off in shock that he would make light of such a serious situation.

“Not a good look bro,” one critic wrote. “This one hits too close to home. People are actually dying from this, and you think it’s a joke.”

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“Nah bro, this ain’t it,” another commented. “You’re gonna offend a lot of people with this. A lot of people are dying from this.”

Drama Alert’s “KEEMSTAR” likewise posted a screenshot of the video, which caught similar flack across Twitter.

“Disgusting,” gaming icon and streaming star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins said of the matter.

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“That’s just wrong, making a prank out of a Virus that’s killing people,” another user chimed in.

Kmoore isn’t the only YouTuber coming under fire for a Coronavirus “prank” video, either: Instagrammer James Potok caused a plane to return to the airport after claiming he had traveled from Wuhan and was “not feeling too well.”

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Hoping to make a viral video, Potok was met with outrage, which has since earned him a charge of mischief and breach of recognizance — a punishment that acts as a valuable lesson for those who might hope to copycat the idea.

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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.