UPDATE- SherryJenix Misses the Point… Again

UPDATE- SherryJenix Misses the Point… Again

I follow many folks in the gaming community on social media. I appreciate what they bring not only to our favorite medium, but also what they do to help grow and expand the communities that we all inhabit.

What I don’t appreciate is the misogyny, sexism, and racism that has permeated online gaming within the past ten years. It is a cancer that is ruining gaming for everyone involved but shows no sign of slowing down. I bring this all up because during my usual nightly Instagram crawl I came across this photo from fighting game community member Sherry “SherryJenix” Nhan.

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I had to double take for a moment because besides being a great player, Jenix is pretty well-known in the fighting game scene for breaking down some of the barriers that have befallen many of the women combatants in a super male-dominated field. She has gone to all the tournaments, performed extremely well, and has gotten enough exposure that she was even asked to help debut Street Fighter Cross Tekken in Capcom’s Cross Assault “reality show” earlier this year.

It has become more and more difficult for gamers of color, women, and members of the LGBT community to game without the need to cordon themselves off in muted match limbo or party chats because the rest of the world hasn’t grown up. We’ve gotten to the point that even the good guys are being attacked by other members of the community for speaking out against bigotry. A couple of recent examples include Anita Sarkeesian getting trolled while trying to address some of the video game stereotypes that involve women, and the Gamers Against Bigotry pledge site getting hacked and all petition signatures erased.

What I wonder is, why did she feel like this was ok? It’s not funny for many reasons and does nothing to further the push to make the FGC more inclusive or help remove the societal stereotypes that come along with being part of a specific group.

Knowing how hard I and others root for women like her is what makes this incident so upsetting. We all know where the word that she used derives from, and at this point no one needs to use it or any remixed version of it. The Hip-Hop’s community’s co-opting of this word has enabled people to use a historical epithet like it’s an ok thing.  I don’t agree with its use in either case; I would like to start the process of removing it from everyone’s lexicon.

I’m sure Sherry thought this was supposed to be a joke, one that you can just flippantly post on the web and think that people don’t care. Maybe next time she will use her stature and platform to promote something we can all get behind and not this kind of ignorance.

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

UPDATE

So after some initial blowback in the comments section of the above photo Nhan issued a Twitter post that initially defends her “joke” by stating that people need to “get a sense of humor”

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Which lead some folks in the community to jump on the “well a black dude started it” bandwagon:

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Which then lead to this badly worded apology:

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“To those who got offended, I apologize”.

Not that she actually felt any remorse for what she said or repeated, not that she took responsibility for posting racially insensitive things but she is sorry that you didn’t get the joke.

The thing that I find most problematic is the co-signing to things that really shouldn’t be co-signed. We as gamers need to use our words in ways that aren’t destructive. We need to tell our fellow gamers when they step out of line and need to educate them on why.

Although she took the photo down, blocked folks who were offended and made her Instagram account private it doesn’t change the fact that she and other people still feel like this is an ok thing to do, you can see some of this even in the comments below.

People need to understand that great power carries great responsibility. Let her know what you think @sherryjenix

  • http://www.googlehammer.com Gonzales

    Are you fucking retarded? its been called the nigga special for forever.

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      So we are supposed to recycle ignorant terms for things? How does that make any sense?

      • http://www.googlehammer.com Gonzales

        you’re just looking for an opportunity to get hits or your blog by trying to blow someone up for posting an inside joke on her instagram. if i called you a cunt or a nigger would you make a post about it? doubtful, but she has a following, so of course you’re going to attack her. pathetic, really. stop harassing her.

        • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

          I honestly don’t worry about hit count for my blog, I write mostly about social commentary and it’s effect on gaming and vice versa. I never called her racist, I specifically didn’t because I don’t think she’s a bigot. I do think what she said was ignorant and that the phrase she used as ignorant, “inside joke” or not.

          I find it more interesting the defense of her and not the condemnation of what she said. That is the crux of the article and as a person with a following Jenix should have known better.

  • Yar

    Much ado about nothing. Obviously she isn’t racist, that word is pretty much common slang at this point. Just twitter search “Nigga” and see the wide variety of people and their context using it. Acceptable? Dunno, but if you grow up using the word in a acceptable environment that you see not only with friends but with the entertainment you see (Music, NFL, NBA) is it really her fault?

    If people truly got offended, I hope these same people call out the other multiple people in the FGC who have used the term, including Justin Wong and Floe. She also apologized to those offended.

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      Thank you for commenting and doing so in a civil manner. I never called her racist, in the editing process I made sure not to because I don’t think she is a bigot. I think what she said was ignorant and in poor taste.

      As for the “everyone else does it” side of the argument, I stated no one should be using it on all sides.

      Please pass along any information where those top players have used it and I will gladly ask them formally not to.

    • witchsistah

      How is she “obviously” not racist? Simply because she’s not wearing a hood or posing in front of a picture of a lynched Black man or not giving a Nazi salute in front of her Hitler memorabilia? In my long experiences with White people, White folks who like to skirt (and I don’t even call it skirting. I think she’s well within the boundaries) and play with racist ish like that usually end up vomiting out some pretty racist shit at me when they’re displeased with me about something, like when they find out my Black ass has access to something they don’t think we darkies should have.

  • http://gravatar.com/witchsistah witchsistah

    Wow, way for gamers to prove the OP’s case.

  • witchsistah

    Wow, way to prove the OP’s point.

  • http://8bitarmy.wordpress.com the8bitanimal

    Defense of ignorance in and of itself is bad enough, but doubling down on ignorant statements with more ignorance only makes things worse. These situations only further highlight why well as gamers have a hard time being taken seriously by anyone but other gamers.

    The 8-Bit Animal

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      Totally my point as well. Someone had to make her feel that it’s ok. That is a part of the problem.

  • Jennifer

    If she was black not one person would give a crap about her saying it. Get over it she was making a joke to another FGC player who called it the same thing. If the person who she was making the joke to didn’t find if offensive, why the hell should any of you. It wasn’t met for you anyway. Go back to talking about Todd Akin…. I guess he’s old news

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      Thank you for joining the discussion Jennifer, yes there is a double standard in terms of who can and can’t use the word and I address that issue in the post. I don’t understand your defense of what she said because it was supposed to be a joke, that doesn’t really hold water nor does the “if the person she said it to wasn’t offended” argument.

      Maybe in the future tasteless jokes shouldn’t be put in a public forum for people to see. It’s all about decorum and being responsible for what you say.

      As for Akin, we all need to still talk about that, you included.

  • http://www.twitch.tv/TeamSmashDI DynaDASH

    ¿Is that it? Well, we are used to stalk public figures and analyze what they say in order to expose them ¿right? ¿What’s the point? ¿You never joke with your friends or call’em nigga or anything else for lulz and giggles? It happens.

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      No one was being stalked, and no I don’t

      • DynaDASH

        Well, if you do or you don’t do, if you have friends or don’t have friends is not exactly our business, just as if she wants to joke with her friends isn’t your business or your “task” to expose her. You didn’t caught her doing it in a tournament, or saying it in a derogatory manner in an interview either. Just her personal account, with her friends. I wonder if you would have done the same if some guy from the FGC did it.

        You are picking on her particular situation mostly because she is a “girl gamer” who is a “public figure”, other than that ¿what gives?

        Not attacking you, nor defending her, but the situation seems entirely pointless.

        • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

          The idea that anything you post on the internet is “personal” is totally a fallacy. It doesn’t matter who or what gender the comment came from, it’s still offensive no matter where it comes from.

      • DynaDASH

        I completely understand your point about the “personal” and that it’s “fallacy”, but ¿you think it is smarter to write an article about it just because it’s “offensive”? Or moreso ¿is that offensive to YOU? ¿Or to whom?
        You are ignoring the 80% of my posts just to justify that “it’s offensive no matter what”, but you are not exactly taking into account that, exposing her “lack of intelligence” is not exactly much intelligent.

        Other important question here is: ¿what do you expect from this article? ¿More clicks? I know you said you don’t care about “rating”, but this indeed got you some attention because the whole point of the article is missing.
        I’m a woman myself, I play videogames as well and I’m kind of a public figure in the Smash Bros. scene, I also know what to say and what not to say in public, but this is ridiculous, no offense, Kahlief Adams; and no, that’s not another way to say “Kiss my ass”, quite the contrary.

        • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

          No offense taken and I appreciate the discourse with you, I truly do, I never made the post in malice to begin with. There are a bunch of issues within gaming culture. I have been gaming longer than most of my readers have been alive.

          My intention with this article is this:

          I see major flaws in how our community acts toward other and among ourselves and I want to make it better by telling people about all aspects of gaming. It’s the reason I even have my site. I want more women, minorities & LGBT people to game and feel safe. It’s one of the best pastimes you can have because of the friendships that can be made.

          Because I am the only one saying something about it now doesn’t mean that lots of gamers, especially gamers of color don’t feel the same way. I just chose to use my site as a vehicle for my opinion on this incident. You have no idea how many letter, emails, comments I post on people’s sites, youtube accounts, Twitch accounts telling them that maybe they should chill out on the sexist and racist stuff (I’m not calling Sherry racist) just so that we all have a place to play on and offline that isn’t filled with douchebags.

          Again I don’t care about the hits, I promote every post the same way, hitting all the social media I can to grow my readership. This isn’t a special case. I

      • DynaDASH

        I see.
        Well, Kahlief, I completely understand what you mean, I’m in for having the “minorities” to feel safe, because I’m a “minority” as well, I have suffered sexism and mistreatment before, but that doesn’t mean I don’t stand by myself.

        I think this particular case doesn’t have much weight because it’s completely confined from an important statement in a public event or anything similar, it’s completely different from the Cross Assault incident which was damaging and wrong, and cases like that is in which I favor in posts that expose them in order to gain conscience and encourage intelligence, because that day, Ari was not intelligent and was outright a jerk just for the sake of doing it, and he did give half-assed apologies, without any kind of remorse (he kept defendinf his view even in his “apology”) even knowing he did wrong, he even got banned from Level Up commentary, I believe.

        I believe this case is different, she is harmless.

        Sherry is not a jerk, could have some unwarranted self-important stuff here and there, but as Alex Valle once said, Sherry is one of the guys, “one of us”, no matter of her XX chromosomes. Just as many black guys call other friends “hey nigga” and what not in friendly terms. Sometimes they even call themselves “bitch”, which can be REALLY derogatory if wrongly used, but between friends… ¿does it matter?

        Your purpose is good, but is doing harm, many people won’t really care for her motives and believe she is a jerk, or won’t even read your article fully, that’s the main problem.

        But oh well, lol, I doubt she is going to make any kind of similar posts in the future.

        Godspeed, gentleman.

        • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

          Thank you for your thoughtful comment and I hope that this particular post doesn’t mean that you won’t revisit the site. I do write about other things.

          Again I don’t think that Sherry is a bad person I’ve said as much, I like what she has done in the community and don’t think that this one particular thing should be held against her forever, that is the only way people grow.

          I do disagree a small bit with the idea that just because she didn’t say that at a gaming event or on a gaming stream that it’s not a reflection on them, maybe that is unfair but she is connected just as most well known people in the community are.

          Valle’s “one of us” comment is totally true, I’ve seen her on stream hang with the guys and talk crap. It’s the climate that creates that space in which that is ok that I will continue to comment on because at the end of the day its not helpful for all people involved.

          I have a question for you as a woman gamer, with all the craziness that I’m sure you’ve dealt with, is there anything that you feel would be personally offensive to you? Would you say something about if it were wide spread? Just curious, again thank you for having the discussion.

      • DynaDASH

        I see, then everything has been said, and we both understand our points. Good stuff.

        Regarding your question:

        Yes, there are a few things I consider offensive, like not being taken seriously, having other guys being intentionally derogatory in front of everybody, misogynistic women who step on others just to rise themselves, humiliation for the sake of it.

        By words, I don’t really take much offense with words unless it’s about my personal life or my friends, but I’ve been told stuff like “women don’t have eye-hand coordination”, “tits or gtfo”, “should I let you win?”, “if I win I get boobs?”. That used to bother me, now I just laugh and kick their asses in-game. But yeah, what I take offense most is just the attitude, even if they say nothing, being unsporty, talking trash behind my back, not shaking hands and brag. Stuff that would bother anyone, not just girls.

        And something specific like sexual harassment is offensive.

        I would usually say something about it, but I think it’s useless, when a person is doing something to offend other, it’s hard to make them understand so the best thing I can do is get them salty by beating them in their own favorite videogame. After stuff like that, the only one who end up being a loser and a salty is that person and they eventually apologize or attempt to befriend me. True story.

        And thanks for having this dialogue with me.

        • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

          I totally get that approach and appreciate that you can navigate it like that. I want female gamers and gamers in general to know that they have allies and people on their side who are willing to go the extra step and speak up about it in the group sense. It’s not easy but someone has to at some point. If you ever want to talk about how you see gaming, I would love for you to guest write or even come on our Google+ hangout gaming podcast that we have every Thursday called Character Select. We would love to hear your perspective on anything you would like to talk about. Much respect and take care.

          • DynaDASH

            Sounds neat, thanks for the invitation.

  • Anonymous

    Lol wow way to blow crap out of proportion. It’s a joke us African Americans have for food, geeze white people take stuff so serious when it’s not even about them lol.

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      I must have missed this part at the annual black folk meeting where we all decided that that particular phrase was supposed to be used for chicken and rice. I would rethink that position.

  • bagel

    Sherry isn’t ladylike, or reputable. She’s just one of the guys, up and coming player. She acts like the rest of them do.

    “The nigga special” is from Aquasilk’s stream who is, well, a nigga. So she posted what she did to reference that.

    Is that okay? I suppose not. But she felt it was okay, because the whole community is like that. How many examples does the FGC make on a daily basis that they’re not mature through sexism or racism that people see as off beat racism? You chose this one? Seriously?

    If you want to follow a “professional” lady in the FGC, Kayane’s about all you got

    • bagel

      ‘scuse me, *off beat humor

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      Thanks for commenting bagel. Firstly I don’t know if calling Aquasilk a “nigga” as well helps to state one’s defense of Jenix but let’s proceed.

      You say that because Aquasilk in some form or another let her feel that it was ok and in turn the phrase is ok because some black people have co-signed. Isn’t that alone part of the issue? Doesn’t that speak more to the maturity level of those members and shouldn’t we as part of that same community check them on it?

      I picked this particular incident because like I said in the post I picked it up on it when she came up in my feed and with all the Cross Assault misogyny that she kept silent on, I would have hoped that she would have known better.

      Again this shows just how immature the gaming community is and needs to grow up if to be taken seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Billy007 Billy Vassiliadis

    I understand it offends people but it’s still part of our freedom of speech and a part of our culture. I grew up in a “ghetto” neighborhood all my life, in Queens, NY, I was one of the few white kids in high school back in the late 90′s and when you heard Biggy, Puff Daddy, Mace and Tupac use those terms in their music, everyone else did too, whether they were Dominican, Black, Asian or White like myself. Is it ignorant? That’s relative in respect to how it affects you. Comedy will always offend someone, but if it does, instead of calling it ignorant and asking someone to censor their freedom of speech, you can ignore it by simply unfollowing the person or making a blog telling people it offends you as you did here. Again, she is exercising her freedom of speech by joking about something she enjoyed eating as you exercise your freedom of speech by expressing your offense to her Tweet. Let’s move on now cuz honestly, all i got out of her tweet was the sudden urge to eat fried chicken and i’m trying to watch my girlish figure! :D

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      Hey Billy, thank you for commenting. Hey I’m a black dude who was raised in the Bronx during all of that, I get the “fad” part of Hip-Hop clothing and music but we also have to examine how destructive those images were and how detrimental some of that is.

      I’m totally for her freedom of speech, freedom doesn’t automatically mean though that you can’t be taken to task for offensive things, nor does it mean that you shouldn’t spotlight it. I would have appreciated a little bit of tact on her part in with a real apology not that “sorry if your feelings got hurt” version.

      Comedy can totally be offensive but there are also jokes most people wouldn’t dare tell in mixed company because it might offend someone or put them in a bad light.

      My issue isn’t her free speech, it’s the fact that she felt she could freely say what she did and not be taken to task about it.

      Thanks again for the reply.

    • witchsistah

      Freedom of speech doesn’t mean “I get to say whatever I want and no one can say blip about it or to me.” You can run around saying “nigger” as long as you’re willing to accept the consequences of it. Just like I have the freedom to tell you what a racist asshat you are (I don’t care how many “Black friends” you have. I’ve been the “Black friend” unknowingly of many a White person I barely knew so that’s how seriously I take that claim).

  • friendly neighborhood nigga

    Pretty sure the word “Nigger” meant slave (before it was referred to African Americans as slaves) but people taking it out of context and over the years developed a new meaning among us. The word originally did not come from black people and now is associated with black people. But you get people like you who bitch and moan over something that is not worth getting worked about. There is a ton of things on the internet people will get offended by. She has her freedom of speech and is not hurting anyone physically. This article is a complete joke. Couldn’t find anything else better to write about so you wrote about the nigga special. So if that is part of her personality she has to change to cater to who? The people who are easily offended? People get offended all the time like I said. Get over it. The swastika use to be a symbol of religion and now it is the symbol associated with Nazis. So would she be a Nazi if she put a swastika on her twitter? People know the context of the word she was using, and it was not to be offensive and knowing that no one should have gotten offended. To throw in history of the word, most people belief on where the word came from is actually inaccurate. So you should really get off her pipe and get yourself a nigga special and loosen up.

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      Historically there are numerous words and terms that have been turned into pejoratives for numerous things. To overlook the connection to its history would be lazy.

      It actually never had anything to do with slaves but came from various of negro. If you want to go down the historical rabbit hole we can but the new context it was given was not one of good connotation.

      I would suppose that just because no one was physically hurt that it’s still alright? That makes no sense.

  • http://8bitarmy.wordpress.com the8bitanimal

    I’m amazed, and admittedly a bit disheartened by folks rushing to defend these instances in gaming “culture” that are nothing more than ignorant. I’ve been a gamer since 1984 and the older I get, the more this so-called culture proves vexing.

  • http://8bitarmy.wordpress.com the8bitanimal

    Freedom Of Speech? I love how folks lean on the First Amendment when they want to defend something that really is indefensible, but when they are the target, or they are the victim, they want folks to rally around them.

    seriously, I’m about to post a 500 game, 12 console lot on eBay and take up tetherball, because gaming is obviously not for me anymore

  • http://gravatar.com/davischu DC

    In context, this is hardly a truly mean-spirited attack on people. Of all the things to write about with your blog, you could’ve written about any number of more horrid examples. Ultimately, for me, this article serves nothing except to call out a girl on her bad joke. Please write about more meaningful issues/examples of truly offensive behavior, and have a discussion about that, and I would be much more interested in reading.

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      I appreciate your criticism, I would say that was one of the points of the article that touches on the overall problem. I’ve commented on it in other places but not on this particular blog…yet.

      Quick question for you, did you not get anything from any parts of the article? None of issues of co-opting, how the words used are destructive and how that theme for gaming is just as detrimental?

      • http://gravatar.com/davischu DC

        No sorry. I truly didn’t get anything from it. Not that the issues you brought up aren’t legitimate. Just that they’ve been hashed and rehashed quite a bit recently by several news outlets and in content the FGC produces itself. You haven’t contributed anything meaningful to these issues with this article, as your opinions read to me as if they’ve been copied and pasted from a ton of other opinions I’ve read months ago, which is fine since this is your blog. From my point of view, if the purpose of this article was to publicly shame Sherry into changing her behavior, I believe you’ve done that. Otherwise, this article seems to me to be as much about being attention grabbing as much as you say it isn’t.

        And while I agree with you that Sherry’s comment was in bad taste, I personally find it to be not good journalism when you’re using a “joke” that obviously has no ill intent behind it…and comes from 1) a personal twitter account of someone that’s not an official representative of any organization, 2) someone that has no obligation to be a role model, no matter what you expect of her, 3) someone that has a twitter following that is mostly associated with the fgc anyway (I believe you’re overestimating her status as a public figure outside of the fgc), where it’s so culturally and ethnically diverse that they seem to not even bother with being politically correct, and 4) someone that’s def. not racist, judging from her twitter and the events she’s been publicly seen at…to use as a platform to sound off on your opinions. It’s a less-than-credible source in my opinion.

        Through all of that, you’re more than free to have written this article. My only suggestion is that if you’re going to start down on this road on calling people (who you consider to be high-profile, public gamers) out on their offensive jokes, and relating it to some form of social issue that needs to be discussed, do it consistently. Own up to it, and start being a champion of these issues, not just when you see an instagram picture with some fried chicken in it and a bad pun line. I’ve seen comments/jokes that have been truly WAY more offensive that this from players with a much larger following, and I’ve not seen one post about any of them after perusing your blog.

        • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

          Thank you for your response you have valid criticisms. I would say that yes my points about the overall problem in gaming can and will be expanded via later posts on the blog but also it’s a little unfair to assume that I can reference off the top of my head any and all problematic instances within the community all at once. This particular incident came to light because I follow Sherry’s Instagram feed and I felt it was an issue. I think you lose the right to not have people comment on what you say once its public. That ties into the whole role model issue, you are a public persona even in the small FGC which is a part of the larger gaming community, its not like this particular issue isn’t one that touches all sections on the venn diagram of the community.

          I can’t really determine intent until someone explains themselves. Even after people checked her on it, she doubled down and then expected no backlash, that’s not how the world works. Once you put something out there in public everyone gets to have an opinion.

          The funny thing is I love the FGC and want it to grow, I grew up on fighters and although it has a level of diversity in the types of people who play, the connection and links to those who watch and participate has some overlap. Those sections of people can awful to anything different. I’m sure you’ve seen any stream monster feed or even some of the commentators during a late night feed. Sherry’s had her own bout with some of this after Cross Assault on LI Joe’s twitch channel right after Yan’s departure. (yes it’s old news but it’s relevant).

          Again I chose my words extremely wisely when making the post to not call her racist, I’ve said time after time that what she said was racially insensitive not racist. I stand by that, I think what she did was stupid and ignorant but not racist.

          I agree with you that some of the higher-profile folks need to be checked as well but that means that help is needed from the community itself to police themselves. It happens but VERY rarely because people laugh most things off and don’t think about the effects these things have on the greater community.

          The gaming community itself has been for a long time asking people to take it seriously, asking for prime-time treatment. You can’t expect that from people who can’t take the time to be introspective for a second and say “hey I fucked up, sorry”.

          I would also say that just because you don’t see a bunch of posts about these things on my blog doesn’t mean that I haven’t spoken up about it or talked about with other gamers or brought up issues with streamers and companies before. I will continue to do so but you know how many gamers can be. The squeaky wheel usually gets shouted down in any forum, stream or article. We both know this to be true.

          I truly appreciate your thoughtful comments and will try use some of that criticism in constructive ways. I do hope that you will check us when you feel like we aren’t being honest or nuanced at the end of the day I pride myself on being that way.

  • http://gravatar.com/davischu DC

    In context, this is hardly a truly mean-spirited attack on people. Of all the things to write about with your blog, you could’ve written about any number of more horrid examples. Ultimately, for me, this article serves nothing except to call out a girl on her bad joke. Please write about more meaningful issues/examples of truly offensive behavior, and have a discussion about that, and I would be much more interested in reading.

  • menearsi

    There was an annual black folk meeting and I wasn’t informed?

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      Me neither, it seems that at the meeting we missed that rice and chicken is called “the nigga special” and also that the term “nigga” totally fine when not used in comedic circumstances.

      We missed a lot it seems.

  • http://jayezgoing.wordpress.com jayezgoing

    The thing about the gaming community is that dudes try to be on the women’s side…when they’re trying to smash…..but degrade them when they beat their ass. Lol. Needless to say, that joke was terrible and doesn’t she know that she can be on the ass end of so many racist jokes on her own? To the dudes Co signing this, you’re not making gaming culture any better by +1′ing this.

  • dink

    Nice blog you fucking idiot, pardon my language and barbaric ways of going about making my point but, this is a joke and go fuck yourself. I’d much rather be lavished in racism and bigotry than to have an entire community full of candy asses like the author of this ludacris article. Sherry didn’t break any walls down, she did it by being a cool ass female that you couldn’t help but like. Amongst many other females within this community, you ever think that women aren’t accepted into the community(which isn’t even true might I add) because they might be obnoxious, or just a human someone would prefer to not be around? But no because she’s a woman, it’s always bigotry. Who goes on an Instagram crawl anyways? Yeah I hope you enjoy looking at what famous people who you’ll never meet are eating for dinner. This article is a joke. Good thing you’ll never become a credible author.

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      You must only be a member of the FGC I suppose, this article talked about gaming at large but you must have selectively not read that part.

  • Anonymous

    To the author of this post, you are a fucking moron. But you got clicks, so I guess good job?

    • http://thespawnpoint.wordpress.com Kahlief Adams

      If you are going to make disparaging comments you can at least say why I’m a moron.

  • Kappa Monster

    Eh, she’s only a 4 anyway. It’s not important.

  • lolwhat

    what if I told you the nigga special was chinese

    • thespawnpointblog

      That wouldn’t make it better, reasonable or right.

  • mobo

    I think everyone is missing the biggest crime this article has
    done. It starts Sherry is a great player; she’s the furthest thing from that.

    • thespawnpointblog

      Sherry was once pretty good before she went to the PR side.

  • Anon

    such social justice, wow, many upset, not okay, wow

    Fuck off sand nigger

    • thespawnpointblog

      That was a reasonable response, thanks for the reply?

  • Moses

    If anybody is unaware, the “nigga special” is a dish you can order at a restaurant. She only posted it because that the name of what she ORDERED!!!! damn…

    • thespawnpointblog

      Again this is a problem

  • Jose Barajas

    Is this really that big of an issue? If the below video is true and that’s actually what the dish is called, then you are pretty dumb Kahlief Adams. I don’t know if you follow Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, any comedian that uses racism as humor, but they’ve beloved for it, but it’s obvious it comes off in a joking loving manner, more satirical than racism, but they use the word “nigger” and basic racial stereotypes (like eating fried chicken and listening to rap) in their jokes and people love it. Is it because they’re black, or in Carlin’s case because he’s respected, or comedians that we allow them this freedom? Whatever the case may be, you even see a lot of stereotypical black jokes on Key and Peele now and that show is wildly popular. I think if we can’t joke about stereotypes of people, what can we joke about?

    This is how my friends and I joke about each other. We have gotten to the point where nothing is off limits, and if it is, we say so, and then we don’t talk about it. But we constantly say racist jokes to each other and it’s gotten to the point where racism just loses all meaning and that’s how I see we can fight it. Of course the world “nigger” and slavery and equal rights has such a sordid history that we should definitely be aware of what can be hurtful when saying such things, but I feel the more you say it, the more it loses meaning. I know plenty of homosexual people that call gay people fags or whatever because they’re more “flaming” or gay than them. Same goes with people of other races. Shit, I even knew a kid in 6th grade, that was about 16 years ago, who has cerebral palsy and it affected a lot of his body, but not his brain or speech, and he would talk shit so hard to people and he could take as well. When you became his friend, we would often joke about his disability, of course in a loving way, because he could take it and dish right back, and that’s how we bonded. It wasn’t making fun at all because we obviously wouldn’t say what we would to other people, but with things like that you have to have a sense of humor, otherwise you will be depressed and hate life all the time for god making you different.

    I think among friends, anything you want to say and if your friends are comfortable, then say whatever you want. And you can’t get made at her posting this on instagram because unlike facebook, you both don’t have to follow each other in order to see each other’s feed. You can follow her without her following you, so if you don’t want to see stuff like this, all you have to do is simple, unfollow her, like she said

    • thespawnpointblog

      Hey Jose, I wanted to respond do you because I honestly appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

      1. That video is part of the origin of the “nigga special” which Sherry posted about. Let’s look at that in it’s context and as ourselves if that by itself is ok. People in their intimate settings have inside jokes (some racially tinged) and that’s fine but we also have to see how that context touches all the other bits and pieces of people’s lives that they don’t know are affected. Some people would call that PC, some would call it being culturally sensitive.

      2. Yes I am aware of the comedy by the comedians you spoke about, i’ve listened to hours of their jokes and love all of them. Did you know that Chappelle and Rock stopped saying “nigger/nigga jokes.because he felt that he was doing more harm than good?

      3. No group is a monolith, just because you and your friends feel like this is ok does not mean that 1) it is ok and 2) others should accept your use of racially tinged words/expression if they find it offensive. Again the acceptable people in your group can do whatever you choose but when you post things on the internet you lose the ability to be defensive when other’s might find it offensive. Be as racist as you want (she wasn’t) but do it where no one else can see it.

      4. “I think if we can’t joke about stereotypes of people, what can we joke about?” Lots of other things, to break down humor into just this kind of comedy means we as a race are doomed if we can’t find other funny things to talk about.

      5. Lastly, this incident is over a year old, I’ve continued to follow Sherry because I like what she was doing in the FGC and has continued to be a positive figure in the game but at the time I felt that her posting was racially insensitive and she needed to be made aware of it. Jose I appreciate you checking out the site, commenting and participating in the discussion.

      Peace!

      • Jose Barajas

        I totally see what you’re saying, but I think the fact you can follow people on instagram and see all their posts even if they don’t follow you back should be taken into consideration. Maybe she thought it was ok within her group of instagram friends, who knows. But I’m not saying because my group of friends jokes about certain things, everyone should. What I am saying, however, is within my group of friends, we can joke about whatever we want if we’re ok with it, and if not we check each other on it.

        Bottom line, you can’t dictate what anyone else does, the only thing you can do is explain to them why what they’re doing is wrong, and even in this case, wrong is subjective. Let’s be real, she plays video games, she;s not changing lives. She might be sponsored and shouldn’t be saying this kind of stuff publicly, but if she wants to say it and she doesn’t find it wrong, that’s her prerogative. And let’s face it, what she said was juvenile. I personally find no problem with it but it’s really hard for me to believe in what you or others say about anti racist comments only because I live in an area of Long Beach, CA, that’s pretty much in a busy urban black neighborhood. And no joke, every stereotype of black people you can think of, they do. Smoking weed all day every day, eating friend chicken, drinking malt liquor, etc etc, starting at like 8am to whenever they go to bed. It’s not like what she said isn’t truthful, and they take pride in what they do. Maybe not pride but it’s their lifestyle.

        That being said, I’m not saying just because they do it it’s ok to make fun of it, but when you get to know people of other races well, what is stereotypical and racist becomes nonexistent. I would never call these people niggers or my nigga because we’re not cool like that, and probably never will because they’ll kill my white ass, but like I said, among certain friends, it’s just not an issue because we all know we don’t mean any of it and once you get past it, just like Chappelle said before, it’s funny to him that black people eat fried chicken, only because it’s true.

        And yeah I do remember Chappelle would stop saying nigger publicly but he never stopped on the show. I don’t feel it hurt anything at all, I honestly think since he said it so much it just takes away the value and I hope one day we can get past being so sensitive. I know that’s a bad thing to say, but I had a long conversation about my roommate about saying the word gay or faggot among friends and how demeaning it is to say, but she knows I don’t mean it, and I don’t say it intentionally to people, but the word literally has no meaning with my friends. Maybe I just don’t about what people say to me, you can call me stupid or worthless or a cracker or whatever, words don’t phase me when coming from strangers. If my family or girlfriend calls me worthless, that’s another issue.

        • thespawnpointblog

          There is a much bigger discussion to be had on this whole topic and it should happen as gamers are just a subset of populace at large. Was this a “end of the world” situation? No, but like you said earlier “you can’t dictate what anyone else does, the only thing you can do is explain to them why what they’re doing is wrong, and even in this case, wrong is subjective”

          I totally agree with that and don’t understand why there was so much backlash against the post in the first place. All I did was point out that I and other people found off-putting and insensitive. And I think we need to focus on the word “insensitive”. I have SUPER thick skin, (you have to being black in America) but knowing the rampant racism that goes on in the internet based multiplayer gaming world any and all pushed out there stereotypes need course correction.

          Sure we both are in neighborhoods where some of the stereotypes are rampantly embraced everyday, I started this blog as an outlet to spotlight just the opposite, to help shine lights on POC in the gaming sphere to help battle against the images we are inundated with in the media. I can’t help the people who want to embrace those things but I can provide an alternative showing intelligent people having discussions and playing games so that narrative is out there as well.

          This all goes back to the mantra of no group being a monolith, I think we all need to embrace that and push it forward.

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