Guy Beahm, who streams on Twitch as the popular character “Dr Disrespect,” has broken his silence on the controversial live stream incident during the E3 expo in Los Angeles early last month that resulted in a multi-week ban from the platform. Breaking character in rare fashion, Beahm posted a note to his dormant Twitter account in the form of a Twitlonger post, the first tweet from the account since November 2017. In the post, Beahm apologizes for his actions and offers some insight into why the incident, in which he and his cameraman filmed live in a men’s bathroom, took place.
“When we were walking around filming at E3, we clearly weren’t thinking about the laws/repercussions of filming in the bathroom because honestly, it wasn’t in our mind frame at the time. We were sort of ‘all in’ with the Doc livestream experience and capturing the E3 event through the character,” Beahm writes. “We were so into the E3 IRL journey that we became a little blind in what’s ok and what’s not ok. We had no ill intentions and I feel that was pretty obvious if you watched the entire thing. We wanted to capture an adventure, unfortunately we took that adventure into the wrongs areas unaware of the legalities surrounding it. On behalf of the Dr Disrespect brand, I apologize for this.”
Twitch has already reactivated Dr Disrespect’s account after what appears to have been a two-week ban, and Beahm is expected to return to full-time streaming soon. But until now, he hasn’t commented on the situation, choosing instead to post satirical promotional videos to the Dr Disrespect Twitter account hinting at the character’s eventual return next week on July 8th.
Meanwhile, the Twitch community has been debating what Twitch’s relatively light punishment means for the streamer community, as well as whether the company takes an active enough role in moderating the behavior of creators who both play video games live and, in the case of Beahm’s E3 incident, bring their channels into the real world in what are known in the community as “IRL” streams.
Beahm has been absent from those conversations, but the general consensus even among ardent pro-streaming members of the community is that Twitch risks abetting behavior like this by not handing down lengthier bans, commenting little or not at all on its decision making, and by letting popular streamers benefit financially by staging big comebacks after controversial bans. Since his account was reactivated, Beahm has received a massive influx of donations and gifted subscriptions. It follows a similar pattern to Beahm’s previous Dr Disrespect break in late 2017, when he stopped streaming to deal with a family matter only to return in February 2018 with record-breaking numbers.
Here’s Beahm’s post in full:
I’d like to talk about Dr Disrespect’s Twitch ban from E3.
This was my first IRL stream as the Doc and if it’s not obvious by now, one of the things I try to stay true with is authenticity. Real life personas are so difficult to pull off, especially in today’s society. Doc is edgy, highly opinionated, cocky, etc. and that certainly adds to the difficulty in staying authentic without offending anyone on a deeper, personal level. When we were walking around filming at E3, we clearly weren’t thinking about the laws/repercussions of filming in the bathroom because honestly, it wasn’t in our mind frame at the time. We were sort of ‘all in’ with the Doc livestream experience and capturing the E3 event through the character. We were so into the E3 IRL journey that we became a little blind in what’s ok and what’s not ok. We had no ill intentions and I feel that was pretty obvious if you watched the entire thing. We wanted to capture an adventure, unfortunately we took that adventure into the wrongs areas unaware of the legalities surrounding it. On behalf of the Dr Disrespect brand, I apologize for this.
I’ve sat back and absorbed a lot of opinions on the incident and the aftermath. I think those that have followed me for years outside of the character, even before Twitch, know what kind of person I am. I have an incredible support system from family, friends, business partners, community and following. I’m very lucky to be considered an influential person in this entertainment space. Believe me, I don’t take it for granted. We are working on a lot of things (that take time) that will hopefully continue to elevate the brand and gaming entertainment as a whole into the main stream space. I have a ruthless passion for creativity, for entertaining people, making people laugh, growing new tools and tech etc. This incident was a step back, but like anything, we learn, become stronger, and move forward. If you follow the brand or myself, I hope you continue to stay with me on this vision.