YouTube Bans Shirrako’s Account For Killing Feminist In Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead 2 YouTube Censorship

YouTuber Shirrako makes tons of videos and produces full walkthroughs of most major game releases, including Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2. One of his video clips included him feeding a loud-mouthed NPC to an alligator – the NPC happened to be an obnoxious feminist. Well, as reported by the Daily Wire, this caught the ire of Social Justice Warrior Emanuel Maiberg from Vice’s Motherboard, who went on to write a censuring screed against gamers having the option to kill NPCs in an open-world action game where you play a criminal.

Eventually the NPCs reported Shirrako’s video of him killing the feminist NPC in Red Dead Redemption 2, and this brought down upon him the wrathful judgment of the Intersectional Inquisition, resulting in his entire YouTube channel being terminated on November 7th, 2018.

Thankfully, some YouTubers like ExoGhost managed to capture and re-upload the video before it was permanently removed from YouTube.

Obviously, having your livelihood killed at the whim of a disgruntled blogger working for a media outlet whose parent company was the subject of multiple cases of sexual misconduct, harassment, and abuse was not the sort of thing Shirrako was going to take lying down. He promptly took to Twitter and began asking for YouTubers to signal boost this issue, since if they terminated his account for killing an NPC in a video, they’ll surely target other YouTubers as well.

This might seem like a joke but if you attempt to visit Shirrako’s channel in any capacity, you end up with the screenshot above showing that the video the account is attached to has been terminated.

Some of the YouTubers rightfully asked for proof of this circumstance, and Shirrako delivered a second tweet containing two e-mail messages from YouTube, one of which noted that the video of him killing the feminist in Red Dead Redemption 2 violated their community policies, resulting in his account receiving a community strike, and the second notice was to inform him that his entire channel was being permanently suspended.

If you’re unable to read the messages, the first paragraph of the first message reads…

“[…] As you may know, our Community Guidelines describe which content we allow and what we don’t allow on YouTube. Your video “Red Dead Redemption 2 – Annoying Feminist Fed To Alligator” was flagged for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines. We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.”

The note goes on to say that videos containing violent or graphic content depicted in a shocking, sensational, or disrespectful manner, are less likely to be allowed on YouTube. So apparently you’re not allowed to kill feminists in Red Dead Redemption 2 even if they’re virtual non-player characters.

However, it’s apparently completely okay to kill a bunch of other male NPCs in the game and post it up on YouTube, given that there are plenty of those videos available on YouTube right now. In fact there’s a video from Sly showcasing him killing a number of different men, which has managed to garner more than a million views.

Nevertheless, since Shirrako posted a video of a fictional feminist being killed in a video game, it crossed the line of the Leftist orthodoxy, and therefore he had to be made an example of. The second image from the e-mail that YouTube sent notified him that his account had been permanently suspended, stating…

“We’d like to inform you that due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines […] your YouTube account Shirrako has been suspended.

 

“After review, we’ve determined that activity in your account violated our Community Guidelines, which state that the promotion or display of gratuitous violence is not acceptable on our site. […]”

This is a bizarre decision given that the entire of Red Dead Redemption 2 is about violence, and there are countless videos on Youtube right now promoting, playing through, and containing clips of violence from the game.

However, according to the BBC, Shirrako’s case isn’t isolated. YouTube has been purposefully going around deleting videos of people killing the feminist suffragettes in Red Dead Redemption 2 and administering strikes against their accounts.

According to YouTube, some NPCs are more equal than others.

[Update:] Following the publication of this article, Shirrako has sent out another tweet noting that his channel is starting to come back, and that YouTube is placing age-restrictions on the videos as they’re being restored.

[Update #2:] Shirrako managed to get his account back in full. It’s unclear if YouTube restored all the other YouTube channels that were affected by their ideological-based censorship.

(Thanks for the news tip Blaugast and zac za)


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