Like any person on YouTube worth their salt, of course gaming star Ninja will find himself in some scandal from time to time. It’s why a little new Ninja controversy shouldn’t exactly stop anyone in their tracks, as Tyler Blevins managed to keep the world going round over on the video sharing platform.
In a new profile by The New York Times, our neighborhood friendly Ninja was being profiled for what was mostly a general puff-piece, but then magic happened. Tyler Blevins has thoughts on parenting… kind of!
“You want to know who your kid is? Listen to him when he’s playing video games when he thinks you’re not. Here’s another thing: How does a white kid know he has white privilege if his parents never teach him or don’t talk about racism? If they’re gaming and their first interaction with racism is one of their friends saying the N-word and they have no idea what it is—what if it was on my stream? Is it my job to have this conversation with this kid? No, because the first thing that’s going on in my head is, ‘This kid is doing this on purpose to troll me.’ If someone says a racial slur on someone else’s stream, it can potentially get that streamer banned. It’s awful, but that’s the first thing I think of.”
He is, of course, not wrong that he should be parenting children for other people. Where the alleged Ninja controversy kicks in is in that same interview, he then let off some bombs on his stance about kids (again), “temptations” that apparently come with hanging out with women, and the ‘woe fame is hard, kids’ and the like.
“When we came back from Mixer, I knew that I wasn’t going to be the biggest streamer in terms of viewers anymore. You don’t be the No. 1 streamer, leave, come back and you’re No. 1 again. I get people coming in my chat, and they’re like: ‘You’re falling off. LOL. Good Mixer move, man.’ The Mixer move was smart. I don’t regret anything I’ve done. I could teach all these kids talking [expletive], but when you reply to them, they’re like, ‘He said my name!’ Their name is 69fartsniffer, and you read their name, and their next comment after they roasted you is them giggling like a little schoolgirl. Like, ‘You noticed me!’ It’s the worst.”
Here’s probably the one that’ll make the most rounds, as Ninja talks about his lack of gaming with women.
“Of course a guy and a girl can be friends without getting intimate. But it’s like, temptation, man. Actually, I don’t like that word, because I have control of myself and 100 percent respect for my relationship, but—I don’t know how to word it. I know people are going to potentially take this now like, ‘Oh, he can’t trust himself, blah blah blah.’ Dude, no. But when you’re not ‘Joe’ anymore, who can have a drink with his co-worker and no one gives a [expletive]—I don’t have that luxury.”
Just a lot of word vomit from a guy likely not placed in his best setting (which is at his own desk creating YouTube videos).
There’s contradictions from some old stances he’s hand in there; though people are allowed to change and evolve and/or devolve. No one should be the same all the time. A member of the human species should be more like water (fluid) than brick.
Alas, those who live and die for Tyler Blevins content won’t care at all about any of this, while those who love to dance in some Ninja controversy will be happy to find issue with each sentence uttered in the profile.
And this, my friends, is probably what most influencers want. Attention is attention, and whether they’ll admit it or not, bad attention is better than none at all.