MtG cosplayer, Christine Sprankle, said she was leaving the hobby after being harassed by Jeremy Hambly from Unsleeved Media/ MTGHeadquarters for some of the horrible things he said in posts about her. In a show of solidarity, others fighting for social justice in support of Sprankle have flagged Jeremy and Unsleeved at every opportunity for his harassment.
The end result is that Jeremy has been handed a lifetime ban from Wizards of the Coast for his behavior. Needless to say this is a big blow to his business, he's lost a lot of fans, and what I presume is sizable income source, and he's been fighting back in some posts on his channels. From the clips that I've watched, he argues that he was unfairly judged because he was just joking and the punishment is too heavy handed for what he felt were memes. From what I've seen, those "jokes" were really crude and lascivious and I think way beyond trolling and not really funny at all.
Until the headlines popped up on Redit about Unsleeved's ban, I didn't know who Sprankle was (other than I recognized a few photos of her in costume) and I was only aware of Jeremy as another Youtube hobbyist who I didn't really enjoy watching.
Was Jeremy wrong? Yes. Was the punishment severe? Yes. Was the trolling aimed at Sprankle fair? No. Is what happened to Jeremy fair? I think so.
Death to Tyrants.
Now, it appears that this argument has leaked into the Warhammer 40k Youtube community.
Arch Warhammer created a post about the MTG community drama and had a warning that this same sort of thing could happen within the miniature gaming community. "Bro-hammer" is a real thing, and like me, Arch Warhammer has heard a lot of nasty things out of mini gamer's mouths and he warns that GW could drop a ban-hammer on content creators for their harassment or other tasteless "humor."
Spikey Bits weighed in on Arch's post and flamed him for being, "triggered," and threw some shade for being a, "social warrior." Spikey Bits didn't even get Arch's name right...
Now Commissar Gamza weighed in and called out Spikey Bits.
Arch Warhammer responded too:
I don't want to get political but I simply don't watch the "bro-hammer" channels for batreps or painting tips. I don't think that stuff is funny and I'm glad that trolls are getting their comeuppance and a taste of their own medicine.
Why don't we see this in British Youtube channels?