Deadmau5 has been banned from live-streaming video game platform Twitch after an alleged “homophobic” rant.
The Canadian EDM producer, real name Joel Zimmermann, reportedly threw a tantrum after his character died in the online game PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, after which the 38-year-old DJ took to Twitch to vent his frustrations, where he referred to his opponent as a “f—ing c—-sucking stream sniper f–,”.
The tirade resulted in the music star’s dismissal from the site for violating their anti-hate speech policies.
After being banned from the site, Deadmau5 took to Reddit to criticize Twitch, and vowed to cut ties with the company.
“I’m not going to stand for Twitch’s double standard when it comes to censoring and suspending me for harmless s—,” he wrote. “I don’t have the capacity to deal with this kind of s**t.”
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It didn’t stop there. NME reports that the often-helmeted dance music star took out his fury at Reddit with another rant, only this time he directed his anger at Twitch, which he castigated for its “double standard when it comes to censoring and suspending me for harmless shit.” Mau5 also vowed to cut ties with the company, having “had some fun partnerships here and there.”
Deadmau5 has since deleted his Reddit comments, though not before readers took screen grabs. Journalist Rod Breslau captured one, which can be seen below.
UPDATE: After this story was published, deadmau5 returned to Reddit to apologize for using a homophobic slur on Twitch. “I needed a little cool down there for a few and seriously reflect on all this,” he wrote. “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 later added, “Apologies once again to everyone I’ve disappointed. I would love nothing more than to finally be at peace with myself and be the best human being I can be, trust me. Being ‘mr. I don’t give a fuck’ is not someone I ever aspired to be.” Read his full apology on Reddit.