Jimmy Kimmel YouTube Gaming Controversy

Jimmy Kimmel YouTube Gaming Controversy

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The Jimmy Kimmel YouTube Gaming Controversy refers to the online backlash surrounding a skit poking fun at the video game streaming community aired on the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live in late August 2015.


On August 28th, 2015, the Jimmy Kimmel Live show aired a comedy sketch parodying "Let's Play" channels on YouTube, in which gaming enthusiasts watch videos of other people watching video game streams (shown below). In the first week, the video gained over 900,000 views with more than 110,000 dislikes.

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Online Reaction

Immediately after the skit was uploaded to YouTube, other YouTubers posted videos responding to the backlash. Videos by Scarce of FaZe Clan, Proto Mario and AlphaOmegaSin received 100,000 views, 30,000 views abd 21,000 views respectively in the first week (shown below, top left, top right, bottom left). Additionally, YouTuber Boogie2988, who released a video about the issue under his persona Francis. The video got 100,000 views in the first 24 hours, along with over 10,000 likes. Other YouTubers also posted negative comments about the skit, including Philip DeFranco, Nathaniel Brandy and Stonefox Media.

On September 2nd, YouTuber TotalBiscuit published a blog post[2] about the incident. The following day, a post questioning why Kimmel's videos were getting downvoted was submitted to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[1] subreddit.

Jimmy Kimmel's Response

On September 2nd, Kimmel responded to the backlash in a segment in which he highlighted many of the most aggressive comments from critics. On September 3rd, the show aired another segment in which he reads additional angry comments from video gamers.

On September 4th, Kimmel featured Let's Players Makiplier and MissesMae onto his show in order to give a case for watching other's play video games on YouTube. The segment was then uploaded to YouTube the same day (shown below).

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I feel like the reason this led to a shitstorm whereas other times LP and streaming have been made fun of (for example Southpark) didn't is the level of knowledge of the subject. In the South Park episode they made fun of the tropes of the LP/streaming world with things like the obnoxious introductions people do, and they even had Pewdiepie appear in said episode.

Kimmel basically went "I don't know anything about this" and then proceeded to go "what a bunch of failures, their parent must be so disappointed" which is very much akin to the kind of bullying a lot of people who got into gaming before it hit the mainstream in the late 00s had to put up with in their formative years, so it really hit a nerve with a lot of people.

That being said, all the death threats and wishing for a whole host of untimely demises on Kimmel is totally the wrong response. As most people should know on the internet, it's better to downvote and move on than make an ass of ourselves.


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