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Ninja draws ire for saying he doesn't play with female streamers because he wants to avoid the drama

Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is the streamer of 2018, a top Fortnite player who's played with Drake and -- even more recently -- appeared on The Game Awards with a muppet. But that's not to say he doesn't have his detractors, or that he hasn't had his share of gaffes.

Earlier this year, Twitter practically blew up after he explained why we never see him teaming up with any female streamers. Blevins, who is married, hopes to avoid any gossip or drama that might upset his wife. It's not an unreasonable concern. The internet loves to speculate about what celebrities are getting up to, particularly if it seems like there's some form of attraction or flirting.

That said, while his logic might seem sound, it still drew the ire of many for being exclusionary. As many pointed out, Ninja has a massive platform and anyone he elects to team up with gets a big boost.

But it's not just the boost that people were concerned with. Many felt that even if it's not what he intended, Ninja was sending the wrong message regarding women streamers -- especially when female streamers already deal with harassment from viewers and male streamers who are convinced that they're simply cam girls out to use their looks to separate men from their money.

Ninja did try to address the matter, noting that his intent was to avoid online harassment himself, but for many his stance continues to be a problem.

Published Dec. 20th 2018

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