​Ninja Responds To Backlash From His Decision Not To Play With Female Streamers

Yesterday, we spoke about the Polygon interview with Fortnite streamer Ninja which explains his decision for not playing with female streamers.

He said: "If I have one conversation with one female streamer where we're playing with one another, and even if there's a hint of flirting, that is going to be taken and going to be put on every single video and be clickbait forever.

"The only way to avoid that is to not play with them at all."

Some people were quite supportive of Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins, including a number of female streamers and gamers. Most people agreed that it's completely his decision who he plays with:



Others, however, haven't taken his statement so well. They believe Ninja is out of order for excluding females, and his decision only makes it harder for females to become successful on Twitch:



There are a lot more were those came from, so in response to the mass amount of backlash, Ninja has released a statement on Twitter, titled 'please read'.

It defends his decision and further explains the meaning behind it - emphasising how he wants to protect his family.

It reads: "I wanted to take a moment to address the discussion around the article that came out over the weekend. While I understand some people have implied my views mean I have something against playing with women, I want to make clear the issue I'm addressing is online harassment, and my attempt to minimize it from our life.

"It is something that affects all streamers, especially ones that make their relationships public. I wanted to bring attention to this issue and my comments should not be characterized as anything beyond that.

"Having just celebrated my one year anniversary, my wife and my family will always be the most important thing to me and I am doing my best to protect them.

"We are fans of all kind of streamers and gamers - curvyllama, juliatv, and halieatisuto are a few or our favorite and we encourage others to check out their channels. I look forward to the opportunity to meet and play with all kinds of Fortnite players in future tournaments and events - Tyler."

Whether his initial statement will have an effect on his online reign remains to be unseen, but, according to SocialBlade, his ever growing follower count hasn't taken a hit so far.

Featured Image Credit: Ninja

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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