Change the LUL emote to not be a transphobic, sexist gamer
The LUL emote is currently a picture of TotalBiscuit, who rose to fame as part of the harassment campaign against both cis and trans women known as GamerGate. TB has, among other things, told a trans woman to go die of cancer. While reality has a nice sense of irony and TB himself died of cancer back in 2018, his sexist legacy lives on in the form of Twitch putting him on the front page of the emotes list for everyone to see, including people like myself who have been on the receiving end of his cult following who literally worked with open Nazis and TERFs to harass me off various social media platforms.
There's no reason to subject trans people to such an iconic sexist transphobe on a regular basis. Twitch changed the pogchamp emoji after finding out the guy was a fascist, so why can't they do the same for LUL? Why do women across the platform have to put up with this?
Some of us literally have LUL banned in our chats because we don't want to see him? but that also means that we can't see our friend's emotes that have "LUL" instead of "LOL" as a spelling. Why do we have to put up with LUL when you at least changed out PogChamp when you needed to??
Thanks for telling this, I have no idea that streamer was related with GamerGate
Wow. Had no idea about this but that's absolute garbage that emote has been around for so long. Do better Twitch.
This is *********. I figured it was based on a real twitch personality, but I've never even heard of this person. They changed Pog but not this?????
Wow, I'm only just finding out I have used, what I now know is TotLBiscuit as LUL, I'm grossed out, won't use again, and agree his likeness should be removed from the platform immediately.
I will remind people that TB's rise to fame was via GamerGate, and specifically on the side *against* women speaking up about sexual harassment and whatnot within the gaming industry, with many comments towards both cis and trans women telling them they should go die, with several examples still floating about of him telling them to go die of cancer specifically. It's not defamation to point out easily-proven facts about a person's own actions. That's called accurate reporting.
On top of that, I still have my screenshots of the harassment campaign that was organized against me by TB's cult following back in 2018, near the end of his life, complete with the swastika profile pics and "gender critical" profile information. No one ever gets to get away with telling me that what I saw with my own eyes, what I experienced with my own life, was a lie. So if TB and his cult following truly had changed their ways after GamerGate, then they have elected to continue showing the same behaviors *from* GamerGate at least up through the end of his life.
The only "poor ethics" here is the people that continue to defend this neonazi cult by continuing to insist that telling women to go die of cancer is somehow "criticizing" them and not a blatant disregard for their life and well-being. I cannot and will not tolerate defenses of this inexcusable behavior, and nor should anyone that cares about women or any other marginalized group.
This man does not deserve any semblance of honor or fame. Being anti-hierarchy, I personally believe no one does, but that's another topic for another time. The point is, his presence on Twitch as the face of this emote only serves to remind women that Twitch is fine with harassment and assault of all women, so long as it's not costing Twitch money.
Edit: Just want to point out that this cry of "defamation" is how the harassment campaign against me in 2018 started, as well. Next will come more people claiming he was somehow a good person and pointing to small aspects of what I've said as a means to justify throwing out the entire thing, along with increasingly more blatant and frankly, unhinged attacks on my own character and existence. Alongside that, I know I can expect a lot of sockpuppet accounts mass reporting my posts and stuff to attempt to trigger the reporting algorithms into taking action without any justifiable cause to do so.
As I said, I've been through this before. If the neonazis -- both the white supremacist and "gender critical" types -- wish to repeat 2018, then I will defend myself just as I did back then. The Pink Triangle was a thing, and I will not willingly bow to anyone that is anti-LGBTQ+, whether Nazis or their more modern counterparts.
This is defamation against someone that died of cancer. TB was not transphobic, he even went so far as to remove a transphobic person from a convention he was attending. In regards to gamer gate, he was very clear that he was only interested in criticising games journalists and their poor ethics.
In regard to his followers "working with Nazis", this seems completely unsupported but even if it's true, TB has been dead for a long time and even when he was alive he can't control what other people do or who they're friends with.
TB raised money for numerous charities including a women's charity.
Get this emote outta here NOW! Why did PogChamp get replaced so quickly and not this??
I already have this emote blocked, I would love to see it gone permanently.
I agree. Transphobes should not be glorified.
Hard agree with this. TB should stop being elevated and celebrated when he was such a horrid person to marginalized individuals.
I have no idea why TotalBiscuit is allowed to exist when he's a known racist, yet only PogChamp was removed.