Harassment In Entertainment

As I can’t get out, one of the ways that I keep in touch with people is through video games and watching people streaming these games. Interacting with other gamers is great, as we have something in common and there is already a medium to talk about without having any of the ice to break with “oh what do you like”.

It is a great way of meeting new people and in some cases, making new friends. If you stick around long enough, people start trusting you and give you some responsibilities to help out on their channel. Their channel being the place they stream their videos game from whether it is Twitch, Mixer, YouTube or any other way of broadcasting live to anyone watching.

I have met several new people through this, and some I will constantly go back to and support them as I enjoy their content. There are both male and female gamers who stream, but in my eyes, gender doesn’t come into it. There is no difference as to whether a streamer is a 17-year-old boy or a 75-year-old woman. Interacting with them should never be any different. Both are treated with respect and politeness.

I know there are some people who don’t treat people in that way, and I have seen more and more, people who are disrespectful to the streamer. They swear at the streamer, make comments on their age, gaming ability, and speech.

And then there is the sexual harassment of female streamers. I saw it myself where a viewer said what he wanted to do to a female streamer. I have heard that some things have been said and seen the messages, but to witness it in the stream was horrifying.

Nobody, no matter what industry they are in, deserves to be treated like an object, cattle or verbal punching bag. It is unacceptable and should be dealt with in more ways than just to have their account suspended. These people should be dealt with by the police. If these things were said face to face, then the police would be involved immediately. I think streaming company should release the IP address to the local police and have them deal with it. After all, these things are exactly the same as face to face.

On the other side of the coin, I have heard – and I don’t know the truth in it, but the streamer was suspended – that some streamers are offensive as well. The fact that the main company was willing to immediately suspend the broadcasts means they may have had some sort of evidence.

Just because someone is in entertainment, does not give people the right be offensive to them, and it doesn’t give them the right to be offensive to viewers.

It is sickening when people are treated like dirt, like cattle, like sex objects, like pieces of meat. It needs to stop NOW.

Mixer

The New Doctor Is A Woman

So, as you have probably found out recently, the latest incarnation of Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker. At first, I was disgruntled about this, but there again, I was disgruntled about David Tennant, then about Matt Smith and then again – very briefly – about Peter Capaldi.

Tom Baker was always my Doctor as he is the one I grew up with, and then in 2005 when Doctor Who returned, Christopher Ecclestone did a good job of returning it to the screens. He didn’t want to be typecast as the Doctor so finished after just one season.

When Capaldi came along, I liked the fact that it was an older Doctor again, and would hopefully get rid of the “Oooh I love the Doctor” element from the companions. It was fine with Rose Tyler because she changed the whole outlook of the Doctor. Changed him to be more empathetic than he was before due to him having been in the Time War.

Capaldi’s very little emotion take on the Doctor worked well, and the only down side to it was Clara. During the Matt Smith outing, she complimented him well as someone he bounced ideas off. Then when the regeneration happened, and he became Capaldi, the writers decided that it would be a good idea to make Clara the main person and gave her the puzzle solving element of the duo. To me, no longer was it Doctor Who featuring a companion, it was Clara Oswald featuring the Doctor. When they killed her off, it was an emotional moment. It was very well done. Then they brought her back! So now she exists between heartbeats. I really hope that she doesn’t turn up again.

I have recently started watching the latest series of Doctor Who, as I have been told that it is different without her in it, and after two episodes, I find that to be true.

With Jodie Whittaker taking over the mantle, it is not a surprise as they have been paving the way for it recently with the Master regenerating into Missy, a Time Lord in the last series being killed and regenerating a woman, so it was coming soon. It was going to be this regeneration, or the next one.

I just hope that other fans of the show do what I do and give her the benefit of the doubt.

Peter Capaldi

Departing 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi

 

Jodie Whittaker

Incoming 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker