Jimmy Kimmel takes a stab at eSports and Streaming

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Last week Friday upon the launch of YouTube Gaming, comedian Jimmy Kimmel took a stab at “gamers watching other gamers play games” in one of his usual comedy skits. If you’re unfamiliar with the type of comedy show Jimmy Kimmel runs, it’s usually pretty edgy and pushes some boundaries, but is often hilarious. The poke at gamers was no different, and as an avid supporter of online streaming and an obvious victim here, I found it hilarious. Unfortunately a large majority of his viewers and many others online didn’t agree, and chaos ensued.

If you’re going to make fun of gaming in this day and age, especially if you’re as famous as Jimmy Kimmel, you’re going to get the full force of the internet which I’m sure he expected. While hate mail is a common occurrence, some people took it a bit too far with death threats to his wife and daughter. This is the video in question.

The video spread like wildfire through various social media platforms, and of course the internet hub Reddit. Currently just shy of one million viewers, and over 100,000 thumbs down, Jimmy Kimmel’s controversial video was not as funny as he thought it would be. Perhaps his comments prior to the skit are what really struck the nerve of gamers as he shows an incredible amount of ignorance, but then again we have to remember he’s a comedian and this is what comedians do. Think of the amount of time comedians bash religion, can you imagine the amount of hate mail you’d receive when you make fun of something followed by several billion people? I’m not saying what he did was right, but in the name of comedy, it wasn’t exactly wrong either. It definitely wasn’t wrong enough to warrant death threats to his family.

Two days ago Jimmy Kimmel responded to the hate mail in another video during his show. He proceeds to recount some of his favourite Tweets and comments from the YouTube section, which we all know is often inhabited by the portion of the internet we don’t tell our friends about. Needless to say hilarity ensues.

Sticking to his edgy nature Kimmel ends the video by retaliating with “go outside and play, or watch a video of someone going outside to play,” showing his iron skin, a necessary trait for all comedians. It’s understandable that Jimmy Kimmel may in fact truly feel this way, many older Americans do. When ESPN showcased Dota 2 the Twitter war which ensued elaborated the ignorance of many older Americans, but making a comedy skit about it should be harmless. Needless to say Kimmel achieved what he wanted and both videos currently have a combined two million views. I’m sure he’s hurting after all the mean tweets, cowering in his multimillion dollar home in Los Angeles.

If you’re one of the gamers who watch gamers you’d understand many people would find this strange, if you enjoy what you’re doing then you shouldn’t care what other people say, especially someone whose job it is to push your buttons.

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Last Updated: September 4, 2015

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit's esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere - but my work here is independent of that.

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