Canadian DJ Deadmau5 has shutdown his Twitch channel after being temporarily suspended for using homophobic slurs.
The 38-year-old music producer was banned from the video game streaming site after he used homophobic language to insult a troll who joined his stream while playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
“Is that some f***ing c**k-sucking stream sniper f*g?,” Deadmau5 said, according to TMZ. A “stream sniper” is someone who watches a stream to get an upper hand and essentially cheat against you in a game.
Twitch temporarily suspended Deadmau5’s account for his use of derogatory language, but the “Ghosts n Stuff” hitmaker is not happy, and in an act of protest, he has completely deleted his channel.
In a now-deleted Reddit post, the DJ defended his comments and said he would no longer be working with Twitch, accusing the streaming platform of having a “double standard” when it comes to censorship.
“I’m not going to stand for twitch’s double standard when it comes to censoring and suspending me for harmless s**t,” he wrote.
“While we’ve had some fun partnerships here and there, and they were a great company to work with… im gunna have to cut this one short. I dont have the capacity to deal with that kind of s**t.”
Deadmau5 went on to say that his insult “wasn’t directed at an entire group of people who have a sexual orientation that differs from my own,” but that it was “intended to insult a f***in a**hat who was being a f***ing a**hat.”
“I know who I am, and I don’t have to f***ing sit here and cry and defend my f***ing self with the obligatory “IM NOT THAT PERSON, I AM SORRY” reflex. Of course there’s a huge line between being tilted as f**k over a video game and saying some s**t vs. mobilising a f***ing belief standard with what ACTUALLY is hate speech.”
The musician’s Twitch channel, which had over 500,000 followers, has now been deleted.
Deadmau5 faced similar backlash last year after he made insensitive comments about autism and the trans community during a stream. He later apologized, just like he did this time around.
Deadmau5 has realised his mistake again and issued an apology.
“I know what I said was wrong, and my hastily composed non-apology was an insult to injury. I realize that trying to somewhat dismiss it as ‘gamer culture’ was even worse. I don’t know why I did that. But I do know it was stupid and insensitive and I feel even more ashamed. This was my worst moment,” he said.
He also apologized for attacking the video game streaming service. “It was all around an incredibly irresponsible and insensitive thing to say nonetheless. Especially for someone who has a reach.”
“What I said was incredibly stupid, and I don’t actually hold those beliefs, at all. I let some gamer get the best of me, and in that moment I completely lost control.”
“Sometimes I just f*ck up. I do mean well. And I’m at least man enough to know when I’ve f*cked up. And I’ve f*cked up.”
He plans to stay out of the public eye until he can better control his own actions.