Speaking publicly for the first time since the airing of her now-infamous “sexism in gaming” rant, G4 personality and Xplay host Indiana Black has doubled down on her accusatory view of male video game players, even going so far as to say one particular critic of being sexist and recommending he “read on some feminist lit to better educate yourself.”
During a recent broadcast of Xplay, after finding herself frustrated with a number of objections to her recent reviews – despite her admission as seen later in this article that she had, in fact, “misspoke on two games” – Black accused her critics of being sexist towards her simply because she was “not as bangable as the [network’s] previous hosts.”
“Adam will read a script, written by the same writer, that I will read the other half of the script for, but I’ll be the one flamed,” she added, before claiming that though “it also happens to Jirard and [Smallwood],” their experiences do not “discount the sexism of how it happens to me when it does.”
Ultimately, Black declared to viewers, “When you’re in our DMs, or in those YouTube comments, or in Twitch chat right now, those reactionary threads, thinking that I’m somehow ruining your current Xplay experience because you can’t objectify me how you previously did to Morgan, or that I’m somehow less qualified to speak on something but you can’t quite put your finger on why, even though I’m reading the exact same script as Adam, but you have no problem with his part of it, you’re letting your unconscious biases ruin my day and you’re gatekeeping the gaming space. So maybe, for 2022, we be a bit nicer, a bit more self-reflective, and we enjoy the fact that people are working hard to make free content for you. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. PEACE.”
Her comments were then posted on Reddit, where a whole new debate was started. Her attempt to silence her critics by preemptively painting them as blatant sexists totally backfired on her, as her own character and “unprofessionalism” were called into question.
“You wagged your finger at the community and you demonstrated incredible unprofessionalism and a lack of judgment that is not only immature but lacks any true self-awareness,” explained one Redditor. “You obviously can’t handle criticism and you have huge self-esteem issues. Your rant mentioning previous hosts and making the ‘bangability’ and ‘jack off’ comments were crude, inappropriate, and just vile. You alienated gamers who would have supported you had you approached the issue without being toxic and insulting. I don’t give a good damn that you are a woman, I am judging you as a person based upon your actions and your words. That’s equality, by the way. I have no confidence that you understand the problem here and that you will only dig yourself into a deeper hole by doubling and tripling down on this mistake. I will not be watching G4 because of your behavior and the toxic behavior of Sessler. You both have destroyed the re-launch of G4. It’s dead.”
Black patronizingly responded, “It was a 3-minute segment where we rant about something in gaming that bothered us in a two-hour show. Seems to me you’re letting your biases sway you in what is actually a problem.”
It went on like that for a while, with the two going back and forth until Black finally put an end to the debate by saying she was done responding to him. After recommending he read some feminist literature, the argument was put to bed. But it still leaves us with a lot of questions and never seemed to evolve into a civil discussion.
(All information was provided by Bounding Into Comics)
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