The YouTuber who posted a video of a character punching a suffragette in Rockstar Games’ “Red Dead Redemption 2” (RDR2) was briefly banned from the platform.
The gamer, known as Shirrako, had been playing the game and livestreaming it as a walkthrough for other players. When he came across something funny, weird, or interesting, he’d upload a separate video to his YouTube channel.
At one point during his playthrough, he went to the tailor’s shop in the game city of Saint Denis, which is based on New Orleans. Outside the shop is a non-playable character (NPC) who constantly shouts “Let me vote!” and insults men. Every game has at least one annoying NPC, and this is just one of many in the game.
While in the tailor shop, the suffragette’s dialogue can still be heard clearly. It clashes with the dialogue of the shopkeeper (if you have subtitles on, as I do, the two dialogues stack on top of each other in a distracting way), and forces you to listen to “Let me vote” over and over and over again while you shop for clothes.
Shirrako had enough. When he left the shop, he directed RDR2’s anti-hero, Arthur Morgan, to punch the suffragette in the face, knocking her unconscious. Viewers of his livestream enjoyed this moment, so Shirrako posted a clip of it separately on his YouTube channel. Shirrako went on later to post two more videos of his character attacking this particular NPC, including one where he kidnaps her and takes her to the swamp to be fed to an alligator.
These videos angered a Motherboard writer, who complained that the videos promoted violence against women. As I reported on Tuesday, Shirrako has many other clips from the game where he attacks innocent NPCs, including children and the mayor of a town, but because he attacked a feminist, he must be punished.
Shirrako even told Motherboard that he didn’t target the NPC for being a suffragette (which is a far cry different from the outrage and victim-seeking feminists of today), but because she was annoying.
"I know you're probably expecting some political answer but the truth is it was simply a funny moment from one of my streams which I've decided to upload as a separate video," Shirrako said. "Not sure if it was intentional by Rockstar Games but the NPC is made to be rather annoying, when you try to shop for clothing in the game, your dialogue with the shop keeper keeps being interrupted by her shouting, so I simply wanted to shop in peace, I'm sure that as a gamer you're familiar with these annoying NPC situations."
And let’s be clear: RDR2 is a game where you play as an outlaw murdering and stealing his way to glory. You can murder innocent people as well as bad people; man or woman. But some people are mad that you can kill a woman. Shirrako took to Twitter to announce that he had been banned from YouTube.
“YouTube closed by [sic] channel because I killed a female NPC in #RDR2. They said It promoted violence,” Shirrako wrote. “You spend the entire games murdering men and no one cares, punch a woman and you get banned, are you out of your mind?”
Hours later, Shirrako tweeted an update stating that his channel was back, crediting people on Twitter for helping to end the censorship.
“The channel is back. YouTube tried to censor my videos by a false takedown of all the RDR2 feminist videos,” Shirrako wrote. “Thanks to everyone that showed support against the false decision by YouTube, I cannot thank you all enough for showing all the support & love in this, you made the impossible possible.”
“I hope to continue entertaining everyone who watches my content, you guys are awesome,” he added.