Satirical Twitch Streamer Kaceytron Suspended For ‘Insensitive’ Coronavirus Joke

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Satirical Twitch Streamer Kaceytron Suspended For ‘Insensitive’ Coronavirus Joke
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While Twitch has not explicitly stated that dark jokes about covid-19 are grounds for an indefinite stay in the site’s purple-barred slammer, it’s now spoken with its actions. Popular satirical streamer Kaceytron has been suspended after making such a joke last week.

Kaceytron (real name Kacey Caviness) was on an episode of reality show streamer Rajj Patel’s “Rajjchelor,” which is basically The Bachelor, but with streamers and sans destination getaways. Patel asked contestants, including Kaceytron, if they’d kiss that week’s Rajjchelor, YouTuber and streamer Quackity, even if he had the coronavirus.

“Yes,” replied Kaceytron, “and we would leave quarantine, and we would try to spread it as much as possible, because the world would be a better place without old and poor people.”

A couple other contestants laughed, and Patel said, “Oh my god, Kacey, what the fuck?”

The episode has since been deleted.

Twitch has suspended Kaceytron for “engaging in hateful conduct and threats of violence against a person or group of people,” according to an email Kaceytron posted. The email also notes that her suspension length is indefinite.

Kotaku reached out to Kaceytron and Twitch—the latter for more information about how it intends on handling coronavirus jokes and discussion of the virus in general—but did not receive responses from either as of this publishing.

On Twitter, Kaceytron expressed regret and acknowledged the comment was “insensitive.”

“I don’t condone hatred towards any person, and it was a poor reflection of my character,” she said. “I’m just trying to take this all in right now. I ask that my audience please remain calm and rational.”

Comments

  • yes well the internet is not a place for dark jokes anymore. especially not places like YouTwitFace or streaming services. Sounds like a load of bull but, this is the world we live in now.

    • In my experience people like this use dark humour because they want to get a rise and get attention. The whole be a edgy rebel, then the moment someone rolls their eyes and call them on their crap, suddenly people are all like ‘it’s dark humour’. Nah it’s just pathetically stupid humour.

      Comedy is an art, especially dark humour. It’s brilliant is the nuance. This was just another random steamer something stupid for clicks.

      • the moment someone rolls their eyes and call them on their crap, suddenly people are all like ‘it’s dark humour’.

        Sounds stupidly similar to a few actresses that faced criticism for certain things recently and then turn around and be like, “oh, it’s ok, I’m (now) part of that group”, but strangely enough, that somehow exempts them from further criticism? Go figure

    • I… I can’t believe I’m going to say this…

      I agree with you.

      (And this goes to just about any platform where people *choose* to view such things. Don’t like it, switch off. Simple.)

  • People need to understand that there are repercussions for what you say on a public platform, and that you need to understand your audience and perhaps realize that there is a time and place for certain kinds of jokes.

    Those who relish in dark humour and get bent out of shape when people confront them about it just sound like edgy teenagers trying too hard to be cool.

  • I love dark humour, but saying what she said is a joke is a stretch. Point to the part of what was said that works as a punch line, I’ll wait. She just said something incredibly dumb and tried to play it off as a joke when she realised how stupid it came out.

  • A good comedian makes a dark joke and you laugh because they skillfully made sure that you understood it was a joke and why it was said. When someone makes a comment like this, which you know that kinds of reflects real views of real-life people, it leaves you wondering whether you just saw a terrible human being or just a terrible comedian.

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