Controversies and dramas go hand-in-hand with streamers. Dramas are spiraling up almost every day, mostly on Twitch and YouTube. Usually, streamers don’t apologize for their past behavior. People usually forget most of their older stuff. However, when streamers, YouTubers, and content creators come forward to apologize for their behavior, it creates huge waves in the industry.
Moreover, it takes a lot of guts to do so. The recent apology video of Ian “iDubbbz” has brought a plethora of mixed feelings with it. Famous streamer and Twitch star Felix “xQc” even gave a philosophical take on it. On May 18, 2023, Ian “iDubbbz” apologized for using racial slurs and other harsh language in the past. He released a video titled “An Apology.” Ian expressed regret for his actions in the video and said that he has improved due to his blunders.
Furthermore, he said that he was dedicated to improving himself and utilizing his position to spread kindness and understanding. Reactions to iDubbbz’s apologetic video were conflicting. He received appreciation from some for accepting accountability for his deeds and utilizing his platform to advance constructive change. Others chastised him for delaying his apology and for not doing more to make up for the damage his remarks had done. However, streamers like HasanAbi and MoistCr1TiKaL have praised the YouTuber over his apology, unlike xQc, who took a kind of neutral stance.
The famous YouTube Charlie, “MoistCr1TiKaL,” has quite an extensive reaction to Ian’s video. He said that he was “happy” to see iDubbbz apologize and that he believed that he was sincere. Furthermore, He also said that he thought iDubbbz’s apology was “well-done.” And, lastly, Charlie “hoped” that Ian would be able to move on from this and continue to make good content.
On May 18, 2023, xQc, the famous Twitch streamer, responded to iDubbbz’s apologetic video during a live stream. He said that iDubbbz had “disappointed” him and that he thought his apologies had been “insincere.” Additionally, he stated that he believed iDubbbz’s apologies to be “too little, too late.” Charlie clearly expressed his take by saying,
“My take is that… I think doing the apology or not… I think it’s kind of fine, either way. And I think that’s about it. I think that’s the way he wants to direct his s**t and do whatever his thing, it is what it is.”
Some people might be critical of iDubbbz’s apology, and xQc said he understood why. Furthermore, xQc also said it was important to give people the benefit of the doubt and to allow them to grow and learn from their mistakes. He said,
“How they want to deal with the future is up to them. If they want to apologize, sure. If they don’t want to, I think that’s also fine. I think, if you need an apology from everybody, it’s a disaster! It means that… it’s just some c*ck s**t. That’s fine. That’s what I think about it. There you go.”
xQc also touched upon the fact that most YouTubers have made such edgy content between 2012 & 2020. Charlie said how almost everyone has done it, and not all can come up and apologize for it. He said,
“Most YouTubers did something, like, edgy (unrecognizable) at the time. Almost every YouTuber! At least, one of their uploads, of like, some edgier content. That’s how it is!”
Overall, xQc’s take was not leaning toward the positive or the negative side of this drama. He simply expressed his thoughts on how he thought of the situation in general. Viewers of xQc had quite conflicting reactions over this. However, we all know that xQc has been distancing itself from various ongoing online dramas for quite some time now. In recent months, he has become increasingly vocal about his dislike of drama and his desire to create a more positive environment on Twitch. So getting him to stand on a single side isn’t quite possible yet.
Sneh is an eSports journalist at Firstsportz. He has been playing competitive titles like CS:GO, Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, and more for 4 years. He's currently pursuing IPM at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. Sneh is also keenly interested in RPG titles like Elden Ring, Sekiro, Assassin's Creed series, and similar games. He is a former streamer and was the leading streamer for an Org that held 8th place in the Rocket League Championship South Asia Apac. He is a massive fan of the AniManga culture and loves talking about the recent trends in the community. In his free time, Sneh likes to read Light Novels and Mangas and watch thrillers or philosophical movies.
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