Deadmau5 takes back anti-establishment tantrum, apologises for “incredibly irresponsible and insensitive” homophobic insult

Apparently having re-evaluated his previous assertion that “I know who I am, and I don’t have to fucking sit here and cry and defend my fuckingself with the obligatory ‘I’M NOT THAT PERSON, I AM SORRY’ reflex”, Canadian DJ and occasional Twitch streamer Joel “Deadmau5” Zimmerman has now explained that, actually, he’s totally not that person, and he’s sorry for calling somebody on the internet a “fucking cock-sucking stream sniper fag”.

Zimmerman was suspended from Twitch this week for violating the platform’s terms of service, which unambiguously prohibit “content or activity that promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical condition, physical characteristics, or veteran status”. In response, he deleted his channel, citing Twitch’s “double-standards” and the “bottom feeding piece of shit” who told on in a bratty tirade on Reddit that was subsequently scrubbed.

In a new update on Reddit, however, Deadmau5 has acknowledged that Twitch “had every right to ban me” for the “incredibly irresponsible and insensitive thing”. Awkward.

“I know what I said was wrong, and my hastily composed non-apology was an insult to injury. I realize that trying to somewhat dismiss it as “gamer culture” was even worse. I don’t know why I did that. But I do know it was stupid and insensitive and I feel even more ashamed. This was my worst moment.”

This isn’t the first time Zimmerman has been in the naughty corner for this sort of faux pas. Back in October 2018, he got called out twice in the same week for describing American DJ Julian “Slushii” Scanlan’s work as “austistic shit” and “AIDS fucking music”, and this exchange on Twitter that was also subsequently scrubbed.

He explained that, actually, he’s totally not that person, and he’s sorry for that too.

So.