Controversial: YouTuber Fousey has spoken out after being banned from Twitch for the second time in less than a week.
Fousey, also known as FouseyTube – real name Yousef Saleh Erakat – was banned on August 1 and again on August 6 for using racial slurs during a live stream.
The 33-year-old has been running a 24/7 live stream from Twitch since early July, which earned him 200,000 followers before his ban, they say stream charts.
Fousey’s first ban came after he sang along to the J. Cole song “Love Yourz” during a subathon – short for “subscription marathon” where each time a streamer gets a subscription, more time is added to a descending timer, who ends the stream when it reaches zero – when he said a racial slur.
Realizing what he’d said, Fousey immediately apologized, “I never use that word, I swear to god that’s not content!” he yelled.
“I never use that damn word. I’ve been listening to rap songs every day at this subathon and I always change it up.”
He apologized again in a since-deleted tweet, writing, “I couldn’t be more ashamed or upset with myself. I am deeply sorry. That doesn’t reflect my character. I literally tweeted against using the word two weeks ago.” I’ll do better. No question.”
Just days later, on August 6, Fousey was banned again, claiming on Twitter that it was yet another insult.
“I got banned for using the ‘F’ slur,” he said explained.
However, many of his viewers believe the ban was due to a recent stream filmed at an airport.
Fousey flirted with the woman and kissed her before sending her $300 – he showed proof of the transaction on camera.
Viewers of the stream also donated money to the woman.
At some point in the stream, the two go off-camera for about 20 minutes, and Fousey returns, saying he’s joined the “mile-high club.”
“I know it doesn’t count towards the mile high club because I was at the airport, but I joined it anyway,” he said. “I swear to god. I swear by everything I love.”
Fousey said he joined the club “in the men’s room,” before laughing and saying, “I shouldn’t have said that, sorry. This is a joke!”
After this conversation, he appears to have turned against him, Fousey begins to collapse and said he felt “guilty”.
Many viewers accused the streamer of taking advantage of the woman.
“They were flirting and she was obviously really drunk,” wrote a Reddit user who posted about the livestream.
“He tells her he feels really guilty for using her to prank him. He’s been apologizing for the ‘prank’ the whole time, but it’s clear he’s apologizing for taking advantage of her.”
Fousey later posted a video on YouTube entitled “I Messed Up…” where he denied that anything happened between him and the woman.
“I used this woman’s pain, her story, her life for my content,” he said in the video. “And that’s… I’m at a loss for words. If you want to cancel me for this, you are welcome to say so.”
Fousey claimed he told the woman about the joke and apologized to her.
“I’ll do whatever I have to do to fix this.”
Since his second ban, Fousey signed a contract with Kick, a streaming service that is an alternative to Twitch.
Kick is known for signing several streamers who once rose to prominence on Twitch, including Adin Ross, xQc, and chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura.
Fousey said he signed a two-year, $15 million contract. saying“We don’t separate @Twitch. We only have an open relationship with @KickStreaming.”
Since news of the kick deal broke, Fousey has also announced that Twitch has accepted his appeal and changed his indefinite ban to a three-day ban.
“I was a threat to the site,” he said tweeted. “I’ll be good here and bad at @KickStreaming.”
Fousey joined YouTube in 2011 and has garnered more than 10 million subscribers on the platform. He first became known for his original skits and pranks.