Chapter 1: Bulldog Disagrees.
At this point, it really takes guts to voice out against the current situation after Valve’s ban, after all, one ban can ruin someone’s career no less. However, for Bulldog, putting his career as a streamer on the line and even attending any Valve-sponsored events anymore, he voiced out and it was really the first time Bulldog has addressed an issue with seriousness and no memes.
In his recent stream, he voiced out his thoughts on racism without context and why it isn’t actually offensive.
Chapter 2: Racism without Context.
One of the highlight of his stream is him pointing out about him himself using what some may call racist words. We all know Bulldog is a cheerful bud that occasionally he makes references to his jokes in various situations.
One which he addressed was the “Ronnie Coleman” scene. An enemy Ancient Apparition has his name called “Ronnie Coleman”, in which Bulldog consistently harassed and kill him multiple times, even at some point cursing him. This was regarded offensive and racist by the community but in Bulldog’s thoughts, he was really just having fun dissing Ronnie, the bodybuilder with insane structure. Google Ronnie Coleman *monkaS.
So that’s racism without context, where in no point did Bulldog meant any ill intentions or hate towards Ronnie. While Bulldog is not always right, and he realises that, he does apologize if he realised he goes too far, at the end of the day, words slip out and it’s up to you to face your mistakes instead of covering it up.
Chapter 3: Yo Ma N****!
And in one game called Postal 2 (great game by the way, it’s really fun, get it during sales), Bulldog bumped into a black man who he greeted and proceeded to beat him up in-game. Yes, violence is part of the game, and also police brutality.
As after he beat the man up, a policeman walk up to them and shot the man instead of Bulldog. I want to say it’s funny but yeah, I don’t want to sound racist, so this isn’t nice at all. However, the point is that this is also racism without context, after all it was all part of the game to be violent to everyone and I’m 500% sure that Bulldog meant no ill intentions.
Chapter 4: Addressing the Kuku Drama.
Now that’s mentioned, no, this does not mean that Bulldog agree on Kuku and TNC’s actions at any state, but it was because of this incident that caused Valve to send fear into the community and a message saying “anything you say in the community publicly, if it ever is offensive, you are at risk of getting banned”.
A Redditor commented about Bulldog stating that Kuku is an idiot for dragging this incident too long but he say that he understood Kuku since he’s also Filipino. As we all know, finding a decent job in a third-world country, be it Philippines, Vietnam or even Malaysia (yes, jobs here are hard to get), is a really difficult thing to maintain or even achieve in the first place.
And Kuku already has a family to sustain himself, so if you put yourself in the shoes of an adult with responsibilities, anyone would have risk everything to keep their job.
Dota pro scene was the only thing that Kuku could work in a country that is poor in economy (no offense), so losing it would mean losing his only source of income. Shoutout to KelensDagger for the Reddit post. At the end of the day, Kuku’s trying to keep his job which is what everyone would have done.
Nevertheless, that does not defend his initial actions of triggering this mess in the first place, so the punishment is justified.
Chapter 5: What Made Dota Fun.
Finally, back to Bulldog, why is there a need for racism without context? Look at the 2 most popular cartoons out there, Simpsons and Family Guy, they have been using racism as a source of humour, and people loved it, even when it was stereotyping Asians, I myself could not help but laugh.
It’s that essence of “dark” humour (no pun intended) that makes his stream so entertaining. Imagine a stream with just him playing the game and not making any jokes. Now you may argue just use other types of humour, but that’s for you to decide, after all, all of us has watched countless of dramas and movies, you decide what type of humour is your favourite.
Chapter 6: Final Thoughts.
Now that it has come to this point, do know that things will not be the same ever again, with pro players and influencers being very careful about what they say, aka “family-friendly”. And as Bulldog stated, there’s a need for rules and regulations on the whole what you can say and cant, since Valve decided on this.
To clarify on things, I stand neutral on this and do not take any side, be it AdmiralBulldog nor Valve. Of course, I’m also not supporting racism and just simply talking about AdmiralBulldog’s thoughts on the matter yesterday.
However, Bulldog has been getting bashed on Reddit for the video he posted about the matter. Go watch it yourself and leave your opinion on it. Stay tuned.