The extremely popular Twitch streamer, Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV (also known as Dr Disrespect) has been banned from the platform once again. This time, it appears to a permanent one. When the ban-hammer came down, many were at a loss as to why it happened.
Twitter users are claiming it’s far more serious than just a DMCA violation, especially considering these type of violations result in a temporary ban. Dr Disrespect was banned from Twitch in 2019 when broadcasted from a public restroom at E3. This resulted in a short two week ban.
According to esports reporter Rod Breslau, Beahm’s ban was not related to a DMCA. That was the first indication something serious was going on other than a simple copyright issue. Twitch already gave refunds to those who had subscribed to Dr Disrespects channel and his emotes are no longer on the site.
Breslau also shared a video from Dr Disrespect’s last stream, showing odd behavior and saying strange things.
Twitch’s official statement regarding the matter is gave no explanation whatsoever:
As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.
Dr Disrespect himself doesn’t know the reason for the ban, so we may never know.
Several other prominent streamers have already been removed for alleged sexual abuse and harassment, including IamSp00n, BlessRNG, DreadedCone and others.
Users of the platform and fans of Dr Disrespect have let it be know how unhappy they are with this ban. Many have voiced aggravation that the company hasn’t given a reason, while others are curious as to why certain streamers are still allowed to stream.
One of the streamers mentioned the most by people was Alinity. She’s been called out for animal abuse (throwing her cat, giving her cat vodka) and nudity during her live streams. Both of these are ban-able offenses, yet Twitch hasn’t laid down the hammer yet (and most likely wont).