Twitch streamer Jules spoke out on the stream about sexual violence. However, his statement caused a lot of trouble on social media.
Hamburg – Streamers like MontanaBlack or Fritz Meinecke have had to experience the fact that unreflected statements on the Internet often have consequences. Streamer Jules got himself into a shitstorm by answering a question on his Twitch live stream. In addition, there were direct reactions from the German Twitch scene. Even when the streamer subsequently published a statement, he was unable to convince the community.
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Twitch streamer Jules makes a problematic statement
What happened? After the influencer Danny was recently accused and convicted of rape, the topic does not seem to let go of the German Twitch scene. Now Twitch streamer Jules has commented on a similar topic. During his live broadcast, the streamer was asked by one of his viewers in a chat if he thinks there are cases where women are said to be guilty of rape themselves. The streamer then comments as follows:
“Partially. I mean it’s a good question. Because there are cases where women are also to blame, but the question is, what percentage? That’s totally the small part.”
Then the streamer joins the opinion of a person in the chat who claims that a small percentage of women themselves are at fault for the rape. The statement is problematic in that the streamer is using it to “victim blame”. In the video, he seems to do some arithmetic and then says that “3 out of a hundred” (i.e. 3%) of the women themselves are to blame for their rape.
What exactly is “victim blaming”? The term “victim blaming” (in German: “offender-victim reversal”) describes a procedure in which the guilt of a perpetrator who has committed a crime is to be attributed to the victim. Instead of assisting a victim, they blame them. “Victim blaming” can increase the likelihood of trauma disorders in the victim. The term first appeared as a criminal defense strategy in the 1970s. This tactic attempted to blame victims of rape in order to exonerate the perpetrator in court.
German streamer speaks up: The reactions to Jules’ statement were not long in coming. The streamer received severe criticism of his statement. Even Jasmin Sibel, who is one of Germany’s most well-known streamers under the name “Gnu”, expressed her anger and bewildered in a tweet. The unabridged statement from the streamer is also embedded as a video in Gnu’s tweet.
This is how the streamer reacts: Shortly thereafter, the streamer also published a statement on his statement on Twitter: “Hi. The statement I made was unfortunately quite stupid, I should have thought three times before I said something like that. Absolutely understandable and justified reaction from you. Actually, I try as best I can to help people and to support. It’s a shame that things like this are then (understandably) hung up on. Doesn’t really look like me to drop something rash like that. I also wanted the statement, which I thought was pretty stupid after a bit of reflection, too removed from the video that should end up on YouTube. […] Hope I was able to clarify that to some extent. I definitely learned from it. Sorry to anyone who was negatively impacted by this.”
Here’s how the community is reacting: The streamer’s statement doesn’t seem to convince most users on Twitter. They claim the streamer’s apology was just for damage control.
- MissViolencia comments: “Basically, the statement is just ‘Yes, I shouldn’t have said that in the stream’, ‘Sorry to everyone who had a negative impact’. You’re not apologizing for what you said, but for the fact that others have heard it and think it’s shit.”
- Panther writes: “The statement is so ridiculous. I can tell you still think so grossly. No crime is the victim’s fault, only the person who acts in such a disgusting manner, especially in the case of rape. You couldn’t even write a real apology. pathetic.”
- Bigger than lea adds: “The question I ask myself: How do you even come to that statement?! So you must somehow still have such thoughts, otherwise you wouldn’t put something like that into the room.”
Help for victims of sexual violence: Those affected and victims of sexual violence can get help from official bodies: the Federal Office for Family Affairs’ help line on 08000 116 016 provides acute, free advice and support around the clock.