YouTuber Sky Williams has been making waves lately. Last week, the popular content creator spoke out against MTV’s racist New Year’s resolution video and found himself subject to a barrage of slanderous tweets and criticisms from social justice warriors and Black Lives Matter supporters. People even went as far as to call the 26-year-old African-American a “tool of white supremacy.”
Today the SJW scene is again angry with him for simply speaking the truth when someone called out a friend of his. The drama unfolded when a popular fan artist, Nicole AKA “OhNips,” decided to explain her thoughts on Scarlett Johansson being cast in the Ghost in the Shell.
She shared many sentiments on TwitLonger, explaining ultimately that she feels the actress was “perfect” for the character Motoko who “looks white.” Nicole knew the opinion would be controversial, and explained how she doesn’t “typically write stuff like this because nowadays the internet has become so anally politically correct.” She simply wanted to share her opinion as a character artist herself.
This disclaimer did nothing to assuage the dogpiling from progressives once they got a whiff of her dissenting opinion. Quick to virtue signal, another fan artist Irene Koh attacked Nicole by quoting her TwitLonger saying: “This is the f***ing most ignorant thing I have ever read. Super disappointed in you.” When her victim replied, she went on to call her “an idiot” and said she “didn’t have the energy to explain.”
Williams, obviously annoyed, chose to speak out. Koh double downed at this point and her safe space friends began to rally around her, crying about the YouTuber’s “cis privilege” for demanding she explain her viewpoint among other things. To an outrage warrior, clarifying your stance on an issue is perceived as an attack on one’s mere existence.
Increasingly frustrated, Williams then made a funny video that explained the situation and tweeted it at her.
— Sky Williams (@SkyWilliams) January 2, 2017
Of course, none of this controversy had anything to do with Nicole’s point. He was talking about the etiquette of publicly attacking someone, as Koh had done to the fan artist. Williams called this “c*** behavior” regardless of gender, saying he was “tired of this sh**….of people saying mean a** sh** and blocking any opposition.” He said he hoped the artificial safe space Koh had made through blocklists would truly makes her happy.
Williams eventually took the debate to Twitch, where he further outlined his position and even invited someone who disagreed with him to debate him. He went on to say that “it’s so not okay to drag someone then close yourself out for discussion in a public setting.” He thinks some of the reaction is because they “don’t expect anyone to [react]” and call them out, he explained.
Williams was met with a lot of outrage in response. Replies ranged from subtle digs to absolute outlandish jabs at his integrity. There were also the de rigeur accusations about him being a misogynist because he chose to use words they didn’t like.
Perhaps the most interesting reactions, however, were the hivemind displayed by former friends of Williams who all happen to work for Riot Games. It’s worth noting that Irene Koh is the girlfriend of a Rioter herself.
Popular streamer Destiny summed up our thoughts nicely. Riot is the king of safespaces, indeed.
Admittedly, the content creator could have been a tad nicer. But the crux of his argument is completely valid. It is infantile to criticize then block out any opposing discussion. Even worse, Williams was denounced for asking for an explanation from the critics. As if doing so were akin to abuse.
Discourse is what humanity is all about and shutting down this “safe space” shield is a necessity. People are simply too offended nowadays and too unwilling to talk about it. It’s almost as if they like it.
Who are we kidding? Of course they do. But at least there are internet personalities who are willing to stand up for discourse and debate. Keep fighting the good fight, Sky Williams.