Slurs Allowed on Twitch
There is already a suggestion to ban the word r*tard. I'd like to expand on that suggestion, however. Thinking objectively, there are many words and phrases that are technically against TOS for the same reason, yet they are still commonly used.
I am NOT insisting that all these words and phrases be barred from use. I am saying their regulation should be considered. Either that or their use should be explicitly permitted in TOS. The current situation does nothing to protect the streamers who could, at Twitch's discretion, be punished for using these words and it does nothing to protect the people that are offended by them. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. These are simply words I have personally seen used prolifically on Twitch.
“Ape, Aut, Autist, Rard, Rarted, R-worded, Schizo, Schizoid, Sperg, Tard, Tism” are not medical terms, they are slurs referring to different mental illnesses and are used to perpetuate "Negative statements related to mental health, e.g., '[protected characteristic] is a form of insanity”
“Commit Gunmouth, Seppuku, Sudoku, Suicide” comes close to “Telling a user to kill themselves used in combination with a hateful slur, e.g., ‘kys [slur]” It’s interesting that telling someone to commit suicide isn’t actually prohibited in TOS. This is the only line that comes close.
"Go to Brazil" is nowadays synonymous with "Go to ****" and "implies that another contemporary culture is primitive"
"Grooming" AKA pedophilia and child exploitation isn't technically a hate crime, but it is a crime directed at a protected group. When joked about it comes close to trivializing and "glorifying specific hate crimes."
“Lisps” Voice acting a character as having a lisp is “speech … that dehumanize[s] or perpetuate[s] negative stereotypes.”
"Midget" is not the medical term and originates from the exploitation of people with dwarfism in "freak shows" in the 1800s and suggests "that protected group members are sub-human, inhuman, or impure."
"Turk-mode" referring to the slur "turkroach," is often used in conjunction with cockroach imagery and compares "a protected group to insects, pests, parasites, filth or diseases/viruses."
“Tranny” referring to “transvestite” is not the correct term to refer to trans people. It refers to cross-dressing. Essentially, calling a trans person a “tranny” translates to saying their gender is a fabrication. “Intentionally referring to someone using a pronoun or form of address that does not correctly reflect the gender with which they identify.”
"War Crimes" AKA murder, torture, human experimentation, employing weapons of mass destruction, biological warfare, ****, pillaging, slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, forced sterilization, intentionally starving civilians, child soldiers, genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, etc. Jokes surrounding this topic violate so many rules in TOS it’s a bit too much to list.
Again, I am not demanding these words be banned from use. However, their regulation should be considered and/or TOS should be changed.