JonTron Loses Out On Video Game Role After Racist Rant
24 March 2017, 12:43
JonTron found himself in hot water after making a string of false claims about ethnic minorities across America and Europe.
Gaming YouTuber JonTron has been haemorrhaging subscribers since his racist and entirely incorrect rant earlier this month, in which he falsely claimed that wealthy blacks create more crime than poor white people in America. But it's not just subscribers who are distancing themselves, according to reports.
In 2015 JonTron was asked to voice to a minor role in the upcoming Playtonic game Yooka-Laylee. But following his recent controversy Playtonic have cut him from the game, which is released on April 11th.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.Biz, Playtonic explained that while JonTron "is a talented video presenter," they no longer wish to be associated with him:
"In light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron's inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron's personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers."
JonTron, real name Jon Jafari, responded to the move on Twitter, calling the decision "unfortunate".
Unfortunate to see Playtonic remove me from Yooka Laylee, but I understand their decision. I wish them the best with their launch!
— Jon Jafari (@JonTronShow) March 23, 2017
The YouTuber had already attempted to make amends for his outlandish beliefs with a four-minute long 'I'm not racist but...' video, but it was too little too late for the Playtonic.
This isn't the first time JonTron's views have sparked backlash.
The gamer was also criticised after suggesting that women's rights supporters are sexist in January this year. While we're almost certain that JonTron is fresh out of groups to offend, we'd like to offer the following advice, just in case: