DeadMau5 Apologizes For Homophobic Slur After Twitch Ban

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Joel Thomas "DeadMau5" Zimmerman, the international DJ who was wearing helmets before Marshmello was even created, was banned on the live streaming platform Twitch after shouting a homophobic slur. While in a heated game of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Zimmerman encountered a player that was firing on his position and said "Is that some fucking cock-sucking stream sniper f**?" Twitch quickly suspended his account, causing Zimmerman to post his opinions on the ban on reddit.

"I'm not going to stand for Twitch's double standard when it comes to censoring and suspending me for harmless shit," Zimmerman said in a now-deleted comment. "I don't have the capacity to deal with this kind of shit." He seemed upset over the fact that Twitch would ban him over what he felt was "intended to insult a fuckin asshat."

The comment and the clip started to gain traction on online media sites, which further upset Zimmerman. "The bloggers and shitlords are no stranger to this subreddit I see," he commented on reddit. "Surely they'll probably hang around here so they can screengrab juicy bits for their dire need of content." As Zimmerman received more hate for his use of the slur, he decided to spend some time away from reddit and social media.

On Thursday morning, Zimmerman posted on his reddit again, this time with an apology for his actions. "I needed a little cool down there for a few and seriously reflect on all this," he wrote. "I know what I said was wrong, and my hastily composed non-apology was an insult to injury." He claims that this was his "worst moment" and that Twitch had every right to ban his account. He "apologises to everyone (he) disappointed" and that he plans to focus on the "cubes and music."

Twitch has a strict Terms of Service that streamers must adhere to or they will face bans. Trihex, one of the more popular speedrunners on the platform, was banned for 30 days for saying the homophobic slur while in a particularly heated gaming moment. Anything4Views and HelenaLive were removed from the platform for hate speech. Twitch is not a place that welcomes complete and utter freedom of speech; streamers have to be careful of what they say.

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