I want to start this post by being 100% transparent and honest with you guys. For most of you reading this, the next sentence should come as no surprise.
I have a horrible habit of putting my foot in my mouth.
I say a lot of shit that 5 seconds later, I really wish I kept to myself.
But after reading about the recent things that JonTron said… WOW. That really takes putting your foot in your mouth to the next level dude. If there was some sort of award for putting your foot in your mouth, you’d win by a landslide.
In case you are unfamiliar with the recent developments, long story short is on a recent stream JonTron made a few comments regarding immigration and ethnic groups that has caused quite a stir. If you wish to learn more about the issue, you can check out this Reddit thread, and this Tweet.
Now, at KeepItNerdy, we try to avoid diving into the realm of politics because that’s one of two ways to lose friends. The second way to lose friends? Mario Party…
But we feel it’s necessary to chime in on the subject, as JonTron is a world-famous YouTuber with a fan base that includes a large number of young, impressionable minds, as well as gamers of all ages.
I won’t go as far as to say that you’re racist. As a Latino immigrant, I have dealt with racism first hand. But your statements are making both my head and my heart hurt. You made a lot of stereotypical comments about non-whites that send the wrong message to the young, impressionable minds that follow your channel, and the rest of the nation who began to tune in once the news went viral.
Saying that non-white areas are more prone to crimes, that rich blacks are more likely to commit crimes than poor whites, that Irish/Italian immigrants weren’t discriminated against in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and claiming that we immigrants move here in order to build enclaves and balkanize the country…
These thoughts are simply wrong, and only work to further divide us.
That too is only the tip of the iceberg that Reddit has begun to compile in a list of ‘face-palming’ statements you have made.
I’m not here to wag my finger at him, or to tell him how to live his life. But as an immigrant that has family that works hard — it’s insulting to have him generalize a group of people and demonize them.
Statements like “Rich blacks do more crimes than white poor” and “Better handouts? A lot of them are on welfare” are ignorant and send the wrong message.
So if you’re still reading this, we have one final message for you JonTron…
Please just stick to video games, because the foot in your mouth is a bad look on you.