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Musician deadmau5 apologizes for homophobic comments after Twitch ban

Musician deadmau5 apologizes for homophobic comments after Twitch ban

Musician Joel Zimmerman, better known by his stage name, deadmau5, has apologized for homophobic comments and slurs made on the live-streaming platform Twitch.

His apology came after inititially defending his words following Twitch suspending his account.

Twitch reportedly Zimmerman’s account after he used the language while playing the game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUBG). According to a clip published on EDM, he angrily referred to another player as a ‘fucking cock-sucking stream sniper fag’.

Zimmerman proceeded to delete his Twitch account and defend his words in a now-deleted Reddit thread. His comments on Reddit, however, were captured before the thread was deleted.

Joel Zimmerman's Reddit comments
Zimmerman’s Reddit comments | Photo: Twitter @Slasher

In the comment, he implied an end to his partnerships with the company. Specifically, he wrote: ‘I’m not gonna stand for Twitch’s double standard when it comes to censoring and suspending me for harmless shit.’

He acknowledged his comments were ‘generally toxic as fuck’. Then, however, he defended them by writing they were ‘intended to insult a fuckin asshat who was being a fucking asshat’ and were not ‘”directed at an entire group of people who have a sexual orientation that differs from my own”‘.

Follow-up apology

After the non-apology initially given, Zimmerman took to Reddit and released a second statement. Published in the early hours of Thursday (14 February), Zimmerman formally apologized and wrote ‘Twitch had every right to ban me’.

Joel Zimmerman's follow-up apology
Zimmerman’s follow-up apology | Photo: Reddit

‘I know what I said was wrong, and my hastily composed non-apology was an insult to injury,’ he wrote. ‘I realize that trying to somewhat dismiss it as “gamer culture” was even worse. […] It was stupid and insensitive and I feel even more ashamed. This was my worst moment.’

His post continued: ‘What I said was incredibly stupid, and I don’t actually hold those beliefs, at all.

‘I feel like I’m trying to become a better person, but that’s a long and difficult road at times.’

Last October, Zimmerman also apologized for making homophobic and transphobic comments on Twitter.

He’s the latest notable figure to apologize for homophobic comments, following the Kevin Hart debacle and Damon Wayans Jr.

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