Face of Pogchamp Emote Gootecks Throws Shade in Response Video
On January 6th, America faced an insurrection in Washington, D.C.. That is exactly what it is, and nothing less. There were some incredibly callous takes on the event, including one from Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez. The Co-Founder of Cross Counter TV and Street Fighter pro had a pretty disgusting opinion on the events, and the result was a removal of the Pogchamp emote that he is the face of. Now, a few weeks later, Gootecks has made a video response on how he feels about the Pogchamp emote.
It’s an honestly confusing situation, considering how much he has said he hates the emote over the years. It finally gets a removal, but not because he dislikes it, but because of his own words. What did Gootecks say?
A Situation Poorly Handled, According to Gootecks
If you missed Gootecks’ hot take, we discussed it here, and why it matters. The response was Twitch removing the Pogchamp emote, at first. From there, they changed their minds, as the Pogchamp emote is a serious part of the Twitch fanbase. Instead, they started using different Pogchamp-themed emotes every 24 hours. It’s a neat idea that we in a way suggested, but Gootecks released a video response finally, where he talks about the Pogchamp emote:
“It’s not like Twitter isn’t going through people’s tweets with a fine-tooth comb to determine whether or not they’re inciting violence, am I right? And I’m not saying that I have the type of reach and influence that the President does, I’m just saying that I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my account got locked after what I posted.”
So Gootecks admits he doesn’t have the same reach as the President. Gooteck’s main point seems to be that President Trump was banned from Twitter for his words that incite and encourage violence, but Gootecks was not. Ryan then pulled up the tweets that got his account locked originally. His argument is that since his tweets about civil unrest weren’t a problem on Twitter, it shouldn’t be a problem for Twitch.
“They’re looking for people that are trying to incite violence, but that’s not what they found on my account. So, why is it then, that Twitch seems to have decision making super powers? Because in less than three hours from when I uploaded the video, they made the decision to remove PogChamp as a global emote.”
The important thing to remember is that Twitter and Twitch are very different companies. They aren’t both owned by Amazon, after all. We also have to consider the reach and popularity the user has. Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez is a big name on Twitch, having one of the most popular emotes on the platform using his face. A long-time personality in the FGC, he’s a name that is synonymous with Street Fighter.
It’s clear that Twitch doesn’t think what Gootecks said was appropriate, and as someone who at least tangentially represents their brand, they [Twitch] do not wish to be associated with that kind of hateful message. Perhaps Twitter should have also banned Gootecks, but what he said pales in comparison to what some others have said – unfortunately.
Gootecks’ video response about the removal of his face from Pogchamp was certainly interesting. I sadly can’t think of any salient, solid point he made. You can find his response here if you’re curious to hear all of his opinions on the subject.