Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why do so many people still fuck with PewDiePie?

I don't want to spend too much time on this so let's get to it. PewDiePie, one of if not the most popular YouTuber of all time has fucked up again. This time around he just up and decided to call someone a "...fucking nigger!" during a stream last week.

Here is a clip from The Tall Black Nerd Gaming channel with a copy of the clip. If you don't want to listen to all of his commentary (but I think you should) the bit in question is at about 1:00.

This is not the first time this clown has said such stuff. Hell black people are not even the first group he has made racist remarks about.

But I think what saddens me the most is that people are lining the fuck up to defend him. Even more sad I don't think its because he's a white guy. Sure they factor in a little but I honestly think more prominent reason they are defending him is because he is a pop culture icon.

I'm seeing other YouTubers actually excusing the shit. Like actually trying to tell black people that what he said was okay because whatever reason.

I'm seeing people in comment sections sincerely trying to defend his words with everything from, "You don't even know if the other player was black" to "It's all about context!" to "It's just a word. Don't let a word affect you so much!"

I'm seeing social media blow the fuck up trying to cash in on the wave of attention to get Likes and Subs but clearly don't have anything valuable to say.

And of course there was the usual flood of people that are so desperate to come up with any excuse or reason they can to justify why white people should be able to use it. I really don't understand why people want to be able to use offensive words so badly. There are dozens of words that can be applied to any possible reason they would want to use the word nigger. In fact PDP quickly followed up by calling the person on the other end an asshole. So he knows there are other words.

It's a damn mess.

Yes while he did do an apology video I'm just not entirely convinced that he will be able to follow through on doing better. I mean if he does and cleans up his act I'll be happy to accept being proven wrong but this is not at least the third time he has said or done some racist shit

While I don't think this will be the last time we will see PDP say some nasty shit (personally I think he does this periodically for the attention because he knows and fears his fading relevance and eventual obsolescence) I do really wish this would serve a wake up call to the kind shit black people put up with. 

Maybe if some game developers start cutting their ties with people who say and do shit like that the streamers and icons would get it through their heads that that shit is not okay and saying and doing shit like that has real consequences.

Go check out TTBN Gaming over on YouTube. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Charlottesville post

My apologies to anyone hoping I would have posted on this sooner but I just couldn't quite get my mind around what happened at that rally. More importantly, I refuse to be a part of this mentality that values rushing to get content out before the smoke clears on an event just to get more clicks and views (and influence perception of the event) rather than taking the time to sit down and think about what happened.

As you most likely know now, on the weekend of August 11th, a rally named "Unite The Right" was held in Charlottesville, VA.

This rally was held by a wide mix of white nationalists, right wing supporters, and those opposed to the removal of Confederate monuments around the country.

As expected counter protesters arrived and when they clashed it eventually became violent.

By the time the smoke cleared, one woman was killed when hit by a car that was speeding away from counter protesters attacking and damaging his car, a helicopter crashed into law enforcement officers, and everyone was trying to convince the public that their spin on the weekend was really what happened.

To me, I think its all a fucking mess.

Between one side saying it was Nazis trying to start the Fourth (or whatever edition I've lost count) Reich and the other acting like poor victims trying to fight off oppression its hard to get a clear look at things.

And that is what's bothering me. There are a LOT of people hurting in this country on all sides. Race relations are a major issue that must be addressed. We have government backed monuments to people who were willing the tear the country in two over the "right" to own slaves and those that hold onto them as if their reasoning to enslave people is some high idea to hold and look up to. We have people that are willing to destroy public property and even hurt others to show that such ideas should not be tolerated.

Now, save us all the trouble of trying to call me some trumped up strawman of a centrist that is mentioning violence from the Left to justify violence from the Right. The fact that there are people that are racist, say racist things, and do racist things doesn't justify recklessly tossing the label "Nazi" at everyone you don't agree with to make it okay that they get assaulted. Not wanting violence done to people who have racist opinions does not equate to supporting racism. If you think violence is the only way to stop racism then it's probably because you haven't tried anything else; but that's another story for another day.

In regards to the monuments, while we can't go back and time and decommission them with government money, I don't think they should be destroyed. At this point I think they need to be put away in museums. Destroying them will only cause resentment and really wouldn't do any good now. Its not like the Alt Right, Nazis, white nationalists, etc... are just going to fold over and change their ways just because some statues were destroyed.

People who were there to protect those monuments and those who are doing so with racist intent need to be stopped from tearing our country apart. If they get their way, they will inevitably try to do what the South failed to do in the 1860s and at this point I wouldn't put it past them to try to reinstate slavery.

The rally in Charlottesville is a symptom of the terrible state of race relations in our country and its not going to get any better with with violence.