YouTube star JonTron under fire for controversial comments on race and immigration https://t.co/abkKo3ZHTM— TIME (@TIME) March 15, 2017
This whole stupid system relies on rational people being shamed into shutting up. Glad to see that slowly falling apart— Jon Jafari (@JonTronShow) March 12, 2017
For those who don't know: JonTron (Jon Jafari) is a game reviewer on YouTube and co-founded the YouTube "let's play" series Game Grumps with Egoraptor (Arin Hanson) until he abruptly left the show in 2013. He also established Normal Boots with Peanut Butter Gamer (Austin Hargrave), which also hosts other online game personalities.
JonTron is vocally "anti-social justice" and is a supporter of GamerGate. Over the past three years, his comments have leaning more and more into racist territory and he's been liking/retweeting from the so-called "alt-right." He even did an interview with Breitbart News.
Although fans continued to justify his views, this all came to a head on March 12, 2017, when JonTron made this lovely tweet regarding Steve King's views on immigration:
Wow, how scandalous, Steve King doesn't want his country invaded by people who have contempt for his culture and people! NAZI!!!— Jon Jafari (@JonTronShow) March 12, 2017
Destiny (Steve Bonnell) saw this tweet and invited JonTron to have a debate on his Twitch channel because, according to the comment he gave to [banned source], he "likes debating political issues with people who have opinions that differ from his." Throughout the debate, JonTron responded with gems such as the idea that rich black people were more likely to commit crimes than poor white people and made comparisons with the Chinese invasion of Tibet. This has caused his subscriber count drop drastically (~10,000 or more) now that his fans realize they can no longer defend his racist ass.
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JonTron's comments have also impacted Normal Boots' image. Peanut Butter Gamer has been tweeting the most about this situation. He has mentioned in January 2017 that he and JonTron stopped being friends a while back, though it was over a personal issue. He has also hinted that he and the rest of the Normal Boots crew will release a statement and do something about JonTron soon. JonTron has gone Twitter-silent since the debate.
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Sources: Cultured Vultures, Gizmodo, debate quote compilation @ Reddit, StatSheep, Debating JonTron, JonTron's Twitter, Peanut Butter Gamer's Twitter, Satchbag's Twitter, The Completionist's Twitter