Deadmau5 — a DJ and video-game streamer — fired back after Twitch suspended his account for using a gay slur in one of his livestreams.
Twitch, an Amazon-owned livestreaming video game and digital media platform, said that he violated the platform's terms of service for using hate speech.
What are the details?
The DJ — whose real name is Joel Zimmerman — was playing "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" when another player killed his game character.
In a now-deleted stream, Zimmerman, 38, shouted, "f***ing c**k-sucking stream sniper f*g."
Zimmerman blasted the platform in a Reddit post, complaining that the platform had censored him. He also took aim at other users who reported the news of his ban, likening them to troublemakers, causing division where there need be none.
He also said that he will likely no longer use the platform because of what he believes is a double standard on censorship.
A portion of the Reddit post read, "While it was intended to insult a f***in asshat who was being a f***in asshat ... it wasn't 'directed at an entire group of people who have a sexual orientation that differs from my own.' F*** off with that s**t."
He also added, "If im sorry for antying [sic], im sorry that we live in a world where bottom feeding pieces of s**t can sit there starring [sic] at a monitor, watching me play videos games, and just waiting for someone to get tilted so he can get a few f***ing clicks. thats what i'm sorry for."
Another portion of Zimmerman's post noted that he has a problem with what he apparently perceives as fake news as a whole.
"The internet is just basically full of s**t for the most part," he wrote. "[A]nd while what i said was general toxic as f***, and not an ideology i hold closely to my moral standing by a f***in longshot ... it was just some bottom feeding piece of s**t from colorado who decided to make it news ... proving once again, the online clickbaity world is a piece of f***ing s**t on a good day."
You can read Zimmerman's full remarks in the tweet below.
Twitch has banned @deadmau5 for 'hate speech' for using a homophobic slur against a stream sniper in PUBG. In a re… https://t.co/XbgKrR86AS— Rod Breslau (@Rod Breslau)1550031987.0
Though at the time of this writing any formal partnerships between Zimmerman and Twitch are unknown, some of the more prolific streamers are known to make thousands — if not several hundreds of thousands — of dollars per month.
If Zimmerman is engaged in any such partnerships, he could stand to lose a bit of money if he does intend to make good on his intent to leave the platform altogether; he has over 500,000 followers.
He has already deleted his channel at the time of this writing.
You can read more about how streamers are paid on Twitch — between actual Twitch revenue, player donations, YouTube monetization, and more — here.