Famous political Twitch streamer Hasan "HasanAbi" Piker recently hit back at haters after openly criticising Twitch for banning two of his moderators for using the word "cracker," a term that Hasan believes is not a racial slur.
Hasan's take on the matter later evolved into a heated debate on Reddit, which attracted significant backlash from the online community.
The political streamer further elevated contention after addressing some of the criticism he received from the "cracker" drama during a Twitch livestream.
HasanAbi says "cracker" is not a racial slur
In a Twitch livestream on 12th December, Hasan responded to a user in his Twitch Chat, who argued that using the word "cracker" was a "hateful slur" akin to the N-word, albeit lacking the same impact.
"Why use hateful slurs at all tho (sic) [...] don't blame you [at] all for feeling the way you do about these words, but where I live, they are used in a very hateful way," the user said.
The user continued, saying, "People are upset because your (sic) wrong. I live in Alabama, and here's a (sic) umbrella term for whites. While it will never have the impact of the N-word, it is a hate word for all whites."
Responding to the user's comment on Twitch, Hasan said, "I've been called 'cracker' more times than every single one of you f**king pasty little cracker b****es in my chat, okay? So let's be f**king real for a second, Mr Alabama."
Hasan continued to explain that he's been called a "cracker" a "f***k lot more" because he's "extremely online."
The Twitch star then said, "So shut the f***k up. Stop crying about this f**king term. Recognise that the person who's calling you a f**king cracker is literally powerless. Sorry, it's just the truth."
"They're doing it as someone who has been historically oppressed blowing off steam. Okay. You can see that it's infantilising or whatever the f***k, but that's truly the reality," Hasan concluded.
Followingly, the debate around the "cracker controversy" has exploded on Reddit, where the majority of user comments appear to disagree with Hasan.
"The absolute state of his logic is nonexistent. [...] A skin-based slur is a skin-based slur. Don't play the 'I've been called that and had no issues' if you don't want everyone to start talking like a truck driver high on onions and shift the blame to whoever gets offended," one Redditor said.
This sentiment was reciprocated by another Reddit user, who said, "His 'logic' here is really irrelevant anyway [...] If the term is used in a way that's intended to vilify, humiliate or incite hatred against a group of people, it's hate speech and shouldn't be tolerated."
Other Redditors slammed Hasan's double standards, claiming that the Twitch star defended racism. We'll leave it up to you to decide whether you agree with Hasan or the majority of Reddit users.
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