YouTuber IShowSpeed has faced backlash after a clip of him simulating a sex act went viral.
The player has 10 million subscribers and has been banned from the Twitch gaming platform.
He said YouTube has suspended posts on his channel for violating its “sex and nudity” terms.
A controversial gamer known as IShowSpeed says his main YouTube channel has been suspended after images showing his Minecraft avatar receiving oral sex went viral.
The YouTuber, whose real name is Darren Watkins Jr., has been dubbed as one of the fastest growing creators on the platform for various entertainment media. In recent days, several clips to have condition uploaded to social media that appears to show footage from a live stream in which Watkins played an explicit “adult mod” of the Minecraft video game.
In some of In the clips, the YouTuber’s Minecraft avatar can be seen standing in front of a female in-game avatar, next to three buttons that read “blowjob,” “sex,” and “undress.” The YouTuber could be seen clicking the “blowjob” button and saying, “I don’t want to show this to little kids, so I’m about to hide my screen.” (Several gaming It has been reported by outlets that while there is a general perception that the majority of Minecraft players are children, the game has a large adult fan base.)
A photo of Watkins then appeared to black out the screen, showing only a few clips from the game. In one, the female character crouched down near her avatar. Watkins then began panting, screaming and barking, and a short clip could be seen showing the avatar of her receiving oral sex.
According to Watkins, YouTube marked and deleted the clipnoting that it violated the platform’s “sex and nudity policy.”
Although some users have been critical by Watkins Minecraft stream, other users came to the YouTuber’s defense, saying it’s not uncommon for streamers to display sexual content, particularly when playing games. I like it “Grand Theft Auto,” that has been rated “mature” by Entertainment Software Rating Board.
Many fans are using the hashtags #FreeSpeed to protest his apparent suspension.
YouTube did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Watkins’ social media posts about the channel’s suspension largely focus on how it would affect his subscriber count. On July 22, at the time of the suspension, the YouTuber posted a short video on a secondary YouTube account lamenting reaching 9.9 million subscribers.
“I’m leaving YouTube so rest easy. I love you guys. I’m so sad that we couldn’t get to 10 million together,” he said.
According to analytics tracker Social Blade, the YouTuber reached 10 million subscribers that same day,
Watkins is well known on YouTube for streaming popular video games like “Fortnite” and “NBA 2K.” In July 2021, Dexerto reported that he gained a million YouTube subscribers in less than a week. after going viral on TikTok.
Last December, the streaming platform Twitch permanently banned Watkins after he commented that he wanted to have sex with a female player when he appeared on her live stream, dexerto informed. The YouTuber shared a screenshot of Twitch noting that he was “restricted indefinitely” for violating its terms of service, but did not comment further.
Watkins Jr. did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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