At a Samsung occasion final week, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins defined why he doesn’t stream with feminine avid gamers.
“If I have one conversation with one female streamer where we’re playing with one another, and even if there’s a hint of flirting, that is going to be taken and going to be put on every single video and be clickbait forever,” stated Ninja, who’s married, in an interview with Polygon.
As you may count on, this stance was met with loads of backlash.
Ninja then doubled down on his stance, clarifying that it comes all the way down to a difficulty of on-line harassment.
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— Ninja (@Ninja) August 13, 2018
First and foremost, everybody has the prerogative to make selections for their very own private life. If Ninja believes that the net harassment suffered (by nearly any web movie star) is an excessive amount of for him and his household to take care of, and that enjoying with ladies will exacerbate that harassment, then that’s his selection.
The drawback is that it goes in opposition to his ordinary stance of taking accountability for his place as a task mannequin.
As Kotaku aptly factors out, Ninja has made actual strikes towards being a task mannequin for his 10 million+ Twitch followers, from reducing down on cursing on stream to giving to charity and different essential causes. In reality, Ninja sees his dedication to charities and his function as an activist as probably the most superb issues he’s accomplished in his life.
And he’s nicely conscious of his affect. He usually “raids” much less fashionable Twitch streamers’ channels, together with some ladies, to provide them publicity.
So why be a task mannequin who doesn’t embody ladies?
Yes, being a celeb comes with an inordinate quantity of on-line harassment. And that sucks. But it additionally comes with a stage of accountability. Not everybody has the platform to make an precise distinction on this world. And when our Vice President, and different influencers, have decided that being alone in the identical room (digital or in any other case) with ladies opens them as much as an excessive amount of vulnerability, they make it that a lot more durable for girls to realize the identical affect.
Remember, gaming is about as excessive a tradition as a girl can discover herself in. Not solely are ladies excluded on this male-dominated neighborhood, however they’re usually sexually and verbally harassed, which isn’t helped a lot by the truth that video games themselves painting ladies as props moreso than protagonists.
Ninja is essentially the most influential gamer of our technology, the likes of which have by no means been seen earlier than. The success of feminine streamers and avid gamers certainly isn’t reliant on him. But he might very nicely change the hearts and minds of a technology of younger males who might cease considering of girls as much less, and may begin considering of them as equals.