Popular Streamer Tfue’s Use Of A Racial Slur Could Be His Last Strike On Twitch

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Popular Streamer Tfue’s Use Of A Racial Slur Could Be His Last Strike On Twitch
Screenshot: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLv78kMpluQ">Tfue/YouTube</a>

Popular Twitch streamer Turner “Tfue” Tenney seemingly used a racial slur while streaming Minecraft earlier this week. Twitch has yet to take action, but if it does, this will be Tfue’s third violation of Twitch’s policies, which is grounds for being permanently banned from the service.

As reported by The Verge, the Minecraft clip isn’t listed among Tfue’s recent videos on Twitch, but captures by Twitter users and on reddit mirrors show Tfue speaking in a strange accent, saying “Y’all motherfuckers killed that nigga. Y’all can suck my pee-pee, man.”

The slur doesn’t appear to be directed at an individual, but it’s still in violation of Twitch’s community guidelines, which prohibit “hateful conduct… that promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on race, ethnicity” and other characteristics. A Twitch spokesperson told Kotaku, “Out of a concern for privacy, Twitch does not comment on any specific streamers.” Tfue did not respond by the time of publication.

Tfue has run afoul of Twitch’s guidelines several times in the past. In May 2018, he was temporarily banned for calling another player a “coon” during a Fortnite game, which he later said was not meant to be racist.

In August 2018, he was temporarily banned again for unspecified reasons. If Twitch takes action on Tfue’s latest violation of their guidelines, it would be the streamer’s third infraction.

On a help page about account suspensions, Twitch lays out a three-strike policy — after two violations, “the next violation will result in an indefinite suspension.”

If Tfue’s account is suspended over this incident, it should spell the end of his time on the platform. Tfue is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch following Ninja’s move to Mixer, but the rules apply — or should apply — to everyone. We’ll see what Twitch does.

Comments

  • When the “homophobic” comment is literally erased because of the use of the “N-word”, you know you’ve fallen down the intersectional totem-pole of “who’s oppressed more”.

      • Depending on with feminist/LGBT site/forum you go to, “suck my dick”, used as an insult, can be both homophobic and/or misogynistic.

        My gender studies lecturer said the same thing, but I stopped caring what she had to say when I failed an “opinion-based” essay, because her opinion differed from mine. After complaining to the Dean, having her give me a written apology and then being marked by another lecturer (Distinction haha), I made sure that my voice wasn’t lost among the sheeple. But I digress.

        I’ve been told many times, by a host of feminist/LGBT people and groups that it is. So who am I to argue?

  • I never really thought I’d see a day when games journalism sites became gossip mags. I don’t mean that as a condemnation of Kotaku for running stories like this, it’s just a commentary on the fact that YouTube, Twitch and eSports have given rise to the gaming world equivalent of Hollywood celebreties.

    • I get what your saying, however most of these articles start off with me saying: “Who?”

      *Old_man_yells_at_streamers.ppt

      • Thats me, the only things I know about streamers is from what I read on places like Kotaku. So far every streamer is an arsehole except for one guy that was raising money for something.

  • “Y’all motherfuckers killed that nigga. Y’all can suck my pee-pee, man.”

    This guy is the most popular streamer?

    now thats entertainment huh!? geez

  • On the topic of people saying bad things.

    Why has the games media been utterly silent on the leaked DBZ recordings that show the voice actors uttering homophobic slurs among other things.

    It’s blown up in Japanese media but not here.

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