Several extremely disturbing videos uploaded to YouTube Tuesday night and Wednesday morning purport to be audio of a user on the video game website Twitch beating a woman as she screams and pleads for him to stop. The videos are generating a fair amount of online outrage, including on Reddit and Twitter; in the meantime, it remains unclear if the man has been identified and if the woman he can be heard abusing is safe.
Twitch is a wildly popular site where people livestream themselves playing or talking about games. It’s also been the site of some fairly terrifying “pranks,” like when a livestreamer was raided by the cops after someone swatted him, which means making a fake 911 call meant to draw law enforcement to his home.
The Twitch streamer purportedly heard abusing his girlfriend went by JoeDaddy505; his channel is now closed, with the listed reason being “terms of service violations.”
The videos that have been uploaded to YouTube are just audio ripped from JoeDaddy’s stream, with no video. Gamers on places like Reddit’s r/gaming are guessing that JoeDaddy believed his stream to be turned off when he began arguing with his wife or girlfriend.
The audio lasts about six minutes. The man being streamed from JoeDaddy’s account sounds extremely intoxicated and can be heard calling the woman a “bitch, a “whore” and a “slut,” making derogatory remarks about her vagina, and accusing her of cheating. She can be heard crying, screaming, and saying, “Get off me” and “I’m going to call the cops.” At times, she’s screaming so wildly it’s impossible to make out what she’s saying. It’s unclear whether the woman was also being sexually assaulted; many commenters on YouTube and Reddit have speculated that’s the case. After listening to the audio, we can’t rule it out. (We are not linking directly to it, for many obvious reasons.)
The audio of the incident seems to be spreading widely after getting picked up by a YouTuber named KeemStar, who has 780,000 Twitter followers and does an online broadcast called Drama Alert. (He’s no stranger to controversy himself. Nearly 20,000 people signed a petition calling for him to be banned from YouTube, accusing him of racism and of fabricating news; the petition specifically claims he has falsely accused several people of pedophilia.)
Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts associated with the individual who went by JoeDaddy on Twitch have mostly been scrubbed. (The “JoeDaddy505" Twitch account shows a man with a goatee and a star tattoo; the Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts with the same username also use that same photo, and the latter two identify the user as a gamer.) A cache of his Instagram describes him as a “New Mexico living” God enthusiast who also enjoys art and his children. (The “505" part of JoeDaddy’s username is also New Mexico’s area code, and he has a strong and distinct regional accent.)
Video footage of the incident (WARNING EXPLICIT!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoARkJvIsr0
So okay, let's explain this. People that know me probably know I'm really not into "abuse" and that I'm a pretty friendly person when you get to know me.
But I'm of the opinion that it's nobody's business, especially not of social media frenzies, to nosey in other people's relationships if one of the partners doesn't come forward and explicitely asks or makes clear he or she wants helped. As gorean roleplayers there is perhaps a slight chance we might more easily understand that some of these things can happen with some consent (right?). (And with that I just mean that we might roleplay themes and subjects which for a large part of normal people might be unthinkable or unacceptable. So maybe some of us understand that everyone is a bit different in that regard.)
That we can't really conclude from an audio clip that it's really about an abusive relationship or that the woman is overall unhappy with her relationship, or that she needs helped instead of it perhaps just being something she might not mind too much (being treated that way / she might have her own kinks we don't know about (unlikely but never know)) or that it might've been a mistake and she most of all would rather try to work through that instead of having anyone step in and mess with their relationship?
Or am I seeing this wrong? Should outsiders step in, or should people mind their own business? (Not that it's really their own business anymore if they're being dumbasses and ended up accidenly streaming it live before an audience...)