Razer Brazil Cuts Ties With Influencer After Her Tweets Saying 'Men Are Trash'

Streamer and influencer Gabriela Cattuzzo posing for a Razer promotion. (Photo: Razer Brazil, Twitter)

The Braziian branch of gaming peripheral maker Razer announced yesterday on Twitter that it won’t be renewing its contract with influencer Gabriela Cattuzzo. The decision appears to be related to a Twitter thread from June 21 in which Cattuzzo said “men are trash” in response to her having been sexually harassed.

Razer Brazil framed the issue as being about “gamers” rather than gender issues. “As gamers, we face every type of preconception and stereotype from the outset, and we will continue fighting so that this type of situation doesn’t repeat itself,” the company said in its statement, as translated by Kotaku.

“Razer Brasil reinforces that the opinions of its influencers do not necessarily represent or reflect the opinion of the business, which totally opposes any type of discrimination - whether it be due to sex, religion, political party—or any type of intolerance or extremism.”

Cattuzzo’s now-deleted Twitter thread from June 21 began with her posting a picture of herself atop a mechanical bull with the caption “I am riding the chat.” Another Twitter user responded by saying “you can ride me if you want,” which sparked a response from Cattuzzo.

“There’s always going to be fucked in the head macho man to talk shit and sexualize women until the woman starts making jokes, right?” she wrote. “And this is why men are trash.” In a subsequent tweet, she added that men who don’t act that way are exceptions.

At the time, the tweet went viral, with some respondents arguing that it was actually Cattuzzo who was being toxic. In response, Cattuzzo apologised while also putting the focus back onto the larger point she had been making. “I reacted in a rude way to the guy who made a tasteless joke, and I ended up offending a lot of people in the process, and I apologise for this,” she wrote over the weekend. “I do not apologise for having defended myself. I will always defend myself.”

Despite Cattuzzo’s apology, Razer Brazil nonetheless distanced itself from her on Monday and announced it would not be renewing its influencer contract with her, all in the name of opposing discrimination and intolerance.

Neither Razer nor Cattuzzo immediately responded to a request for comment.

Cattuzzo went into more detail about her frustration over the harassment she faces as a female influencer in a Twitlonger post published yesterday before Razer’s announcement.

“The intention was never to be a misandrist and much less to insult ALL men (because as I said, there are exceptions),” she wrote. “Please understand: I post photos every day, and every day the majority of the comments are offensive or sexualizing something that doesn’t have to be sexualized. The men who comment with interesting things or non-offensive comments here on Twitter are few (and for these people I am thankful, they are the exceptions that redeem my day).”

According to her most recent tweet, Cattuzzo is currently taking a break from social media and streaming, citing death threats made against her family and friends.


Comments

    Jesus, what an ugly situation. No winners here.

    Everyone who makes death threats on the internet should be shot.

      Think about what you wrote just now ...

        Think about what you wrote just now ...

        That should be a pop up message for every internet comment system.

          Not gonna work... were all conditioned to click close on pop ups with outreading... or at worst it will be blocked by an ad blocker as a pop up xD

            there was a study several years ago (I believe part of a student project) which found that such a popup was actually quite successful in deterring offensive comments on social media platforms (at least in the limited testing capabilities). This was before things really went pear-shaped on the internet though, and current search patterns mean I can't seem to track down the old articles about the project for reference!

      Yeah, cue the enormous condemnation by men of some guy calling all women trash... crickets?

      Last edited 26/06/19 8:27 pm

        Did you mean to reply to me or are you just practicing non sequitur?

    Calling out somebody who said something offensive? Acceptable in the given circumstances.
    Making a generalised negative comment about an entire sex? Not acceptable.

    There's a difference between 'defending yourself' and calling all men trash.

      True, although it's probably understandable. When you're pissed off, you will say things like this. It's a natural reaction. You rage against all. When you calm down, you realise it's not how you truly feel.

      She just needs to learn to stay away from making global comments when in such a mood. That was the real mistake.

        Or maybe, as we’ve seen in previous similar cases where offensive things were said in anger, what’s said in the heat of the moment is more ‘truthful’ than a carefully curated social media post. If we’re going to condemn others for off the cuff remarks I see no reason why this should be an exception.

          Of course, that may also be the case. It's impossible to prove either way, and how one interprets a comment is often a reflection of the interpreter.

          The apology afterwards, albeit being conditional, does help to show contrition, and gives a reason not to condemn. Though, if one were cynical, they could think it was an attempt to salvage business connections.

            I made another comment regarding the apology. It's *not* a good apology. It's a back handed swipe that implies almost all men are bad, but there are a few ok ones.

            I'm just glad that she wasn't given a free pass "because she was a woman and it's ok for women to hate on men". So kudos to Razor for being even handed.

              This is the apology. Seems pretty decent to me:
              “I reacted in a rude way to the guy who made a tasteless joke, and I ended up offending a lot of people in the process, and I apologise for this”.

              Perhaps you're mistaking the apology for the detailed explanation made some time after? Which, I grant you, does fall into the trap of trying to make excuses.

              Still, it does appear that the majority of male responses to her posts are in the form of harassment. If I'm to trust what she has written, and what has consequently been translated. So perhaps she was not talking about all men per se, but all the male responses she is witness to?

              I guess what I'm trying to say is, I don't quite see the evidence for this "ok for women to hate on men" implication. That appears to be a reach.

                Adding it as a qualifier to the apology after the fact makes it part of the apology. If she'd just gone with the first part it would have been fine. But she basically doubled down on her insult. It's not good form.

                You misinterpreted what I said, I didn't claim this was a situation where a woman gets a free pass. I said it's nice to see that she *doesn't* get a free pass because she's a woman. It happens all to frequently but not in this case.

      Indeed, the key is how she phrased the apology “The intention was never to be a misandrist and much less to insult ALL men (because as I said, there are exceptions),”

      This is basically saying "Sorry almost all men are horrible, but there are a few that are ok". Seriously, the majority or people are ok, it's just a few that are arseholes (regardless of gender).

      I'm sure it sucks to be a public face and get stupid crap directed at you all the time, but I'd have to say it comes with the job. Everyone in the public eye gets extra scrutiny and cops a load of harassing comments, regardless of gender.

      Yeah, cue the enormous outcry from men when some guy calls all women trash... crickets?

        They get fired and blacklisted and the various media sites post articles about it for days. Are you paying attention?

    Ah Yes, another perfect example on why Twitter is the worst.

    Good lord the #NotAllMen crowd have very thin skin.

    Love how people seem more concerned with her reaction to the umpteenth time she has been objectified or sexualised through social media. She loses a source of income, where's the repercussions for the millions of pea-brained idiots who think writing that sort of garbage is even remotely appropriate.

    If you've taken "all men are trash" literally, you're as simple minded as those idiots. Of course not "all" men are trash, but too many of them are.

      Make the same statement about anyother group, race or what have you and I would hope to see the same result.

      Branding all men as trash becuase a minority of men are trying to be funny or crass, and some of those are just creepy assholes isn't an excuse.

      There have already been people fired for less than this, in this day and age you need to think before you say things.

      Here's the problem, if the article was about a guy getting angry at a woman for making a similar comment and losing his sponsorship would you be upset? Being sexist works both ways, you can't say it's ok for women to hate on men but not vice versa. It sets a terrible example for kids.

      Plenty of male influencers have been cut from sponsorships for making stupid comments or harassing people. So fairs fair, it works both ways.

        Dunno, is there a long and pervasive history of sexual harassment against men in this hypothetical? Would we be talking about a male influencer who deals with that harassment on a daily basis in a female-dominated industry?

        Cause if we're not at least talking like for like here then all you're doing is justifying men acting like pieces of shit towards women.

          Look at how sexualised men are in womens mags and ads, or how often women talk about wanting to bang the hottie of the day (Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Chris Hemsworth etc). Men get sexualised and harassed just as much. The difference is in a lot of cases it strokes their ego and they don't mind.

          And no one was defending the assholes. Everyone knows they're assholes, but as the old saying goes two wrongs don't make a right.

            Men get sexualised and harassed just as much. That's the kind of thing I'm talking about when I say the that what you're doing is justifying men acting like pieces of shit towards women. Bogus claims like that get bandied about to form an equivalence that has no regard for social, cultural, or power dynamics. Do both men and women get sexualised within our society? Undeniably. Are the methods, frequency, intensity, intent, outcomes, and consequences anywhere near the same? No. However, your words seek to establish that they are the same and should be held to the same standard on both fronts.

            While it's nice of you to say people who dish out sexual harassment are arseholes, it's the absolute bare minimum anyone can do and is undercut by your doubling down on the mechanics that have lead to punitive action against someone who was harassed. It's especially shit when you bust out the idiom "two wrongs don't make a right", which minimizes the egregiousness of sexual harassment and maximises Cattuzzo's responsibility in the outcome.

            So the question is, why are you going to lengths to normalise this kind of shit?

              At what point have I said it's ok for men to treat women badly? Stop trying to put words into my mouth. Seriously you look to be interpreting what people say just to suit your own opinion.

              And I'm sorry but you're flat out wrong when you start ignoring the "two wrongs don't make a right" comment. You can't have a civilized society where it's ok for someone to insult another person with no consequences. Sure mitigating circumstances can be used to reduce "punishment" but it doesn't excuse it completely.

              Frankly if the person in this article had JUST called out the asshole for being an asshole I'd have been happy and cheered her on. But when she turns it into a generalization that paints half the population the same way, nope. It deserves action.

            There's a difference in the way how the long-time male-dominated advertising industry has sexualised men and women's bodies. Basically, men's sexualization is both a power fantasy for men and eye-candy for women (or anybody who likes men), while sexualization of women has very often been still a power fantasy for men and eye-candy for men (and people who like women).

            With this, I'm not trying to say that sexualization of men is not potentially as harmful for men as women sexualization is for women but showing how it all contributes to a culture of accrued historical discrimination and disenfranchisement, exploding in some justifiable repressed anger. (That said, as a mediatic influencer she should have been more careful of the way she worded it, alas.)

            It's like when somebody poor says "eat the rich" and people understand where they are coming from and that they are not speaking literally about cannibalism, whereas if a rich person said "eat the poor", you'd raise an eyebrow because it's both something that they have already figuratively been doing for quite a while and also because it's something that in their idle excentricity you may have reason to wonder whether they mean it literally.

    She can call me trash any day of the week...

    My partner says men are trash, and then quickly follows up with, "Except you" but I'm really not fussed... The amount of dick pics that get sent our way, even though it's followed with, "I have a boyfriend" just don't stop... Some even reply saying things like, "Send us a vid of you two banging" so really when someone who's been sexually harassed and then sneeze out, "Men are trash", I completely forgive them, they're just words... If they started a café charging men-only extra fees, then I'd raise my hand in question...

      Been done already, the cafe shutdown as a result and it wasn't from men protesting it as much as women were, if there was a place that charged one particular demographic more than another they lose my business and a lot of other people's too.

      The issue is that it's an 'influencer' who has made a blanket statement, even if it's said while angry, which was by any sane definition sexist. Razer Brazil doesn't permit such speech, so they terminated her contract. This is pretty much a non-story, the same as if any male 'influencer' said something sexist and got appropriately dropped too. It isn't 'just words' - if you're prepared to accept that mere words shouldn't matter, then perhaps she shouldn't get upset about mere words on Twitter. Except we know that's bullshit because words cause offence all the time.

        I completely respect Razer Brazil's choice in the matter, it's their house, their rules, she dropped the ball by venting.

          much he same as Izzy Folau's comments on twitter.. he was dropped for saying offensive stuff. Though it does seem he's picked up some local Christian Lobby group to sponsor him now.. but not for playing rugby. Do you really want to be a mouthpiece for the Church, after what has been revealed by the Royal Commission etc?

    I wonder.

    Had it been a man and he said " all women are trash" would the same people defending her also defend him. I doubt it.

      But all women aren't trash.....

        exactly djbear's point :P No one should be tarred by the same brush whether its their gender, race, religion etc.

          Yeah I fully understand lol. I love this nanny state society in which we live now, makes for great internet time wasting :P.

    Razer act in whatever interests will earn them the most money, their morals and ethics are directed by that tenet - they are trash. They don't need defence or condemnation, they're base quality is trash.

    Honestly, what's up with guys who like videogames that they look at this scenario--a female streamer gets sexually harassed and under responds--and decide everything is A-okay with an outcome where punitive measures are taken against the streamer? If you wondered at any point why someone would say "men are trash" then perhaps you should look at your own actions and response to this scenario. That is, the amount of you who've proudly stood up to proclaim "but what if a guy did it" as if you don't actually know any better is miserable and an apt testament to the use of the phrase.

    Now that that's out of the way. Don't sexually harass people or support the sexual harassment of people.

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