Felix 'xQc' Lengyel has continued his controversial streak, as the popular streamer claims cancel culture 'isn't real'.
The ever-vocal Felix "xQc" Lengyel has clapped back at critics and body claimed he'll never be cancelled because cancel culture "isn't real". As the most-watched streamer of 2020, xQc is about as big as they come, and sits in the upper echelon of the streaming world alongside Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek and Imane "Pokimane" Anys. Lengyel has never been one to hold his tongue, and following a recent wave of big names being "cancelled", he (typically) has a lot to say.
Much like when James Gunn was booted out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe because archaic tweets resurfaced, both Karl Jacobs and Jeremy "Disguised Toast" Wang have come under fire. Jacobs was criticised for supporting the controversial Paul "Ice Poseidon" Denino, while Disguised Toast was dragged over accusations he'd made sexist and racist comments in the past. Both incidents haven't gone unnoticed by xQc, who has now spoken out against cancel culture.
What did xQc say about cancel culture?
Discussing cancel culture in a recent stream, Lengyel ranted, "Guys I’ve said this before, I will say it again. You’re never gonna have me do some stupid sh*t like this. You’re not gonna manipulate me like a puppet: 'Oh be this, or do that for me'". He went on to claim that him and other streamers aren't cancelled because it's a construct that doesn't exist. "Cancelling isn’t real," said xQc. "You’re not gonna f*****g cancel me. Unless you de-platform me literally, or unless I can’t go live, and I can’t tweet, and I can’t post videos, I’m not cancelled. You cannot cancel me. It’s just never gonna happen. So come at me b*tch, I don’t give a f**k".
xQc's lengthy musings continued “I don’t know why people have to react to this, they don’t have to. Cancel culture isn’t even real. Nobody is getting cancelled. Not a single person has been cancelled in the past year, yet everyone makes a billion tweets and videos. They all sit around [saying] 'I apologise x, y, z, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6'. They don’t have to. You can’t get cancelled". Lengyel's comments are sure to divide his already split fan base, with concerns he's just going to poke the bear for those who want to cancel him.
Is xQc right about cancel culture?
xQc Says Cancel Culture "Isn't Real". I Disagree, BUT He Makes Good Points I Agree With!
xQc concluded by discussing Ludwig Ahgren's thoughts on the Karl Jacobs debacle. "Isn’t that what you expect from humans?" said Ahgren, "For them to learn from their mistakes? Just because you woke up in a woke culture, doesn’t make you better than anyone else. You just grew up in a time where people happened to be more progressive. You were not born holier and mightier. You’re just coasting off everybody else’s work". Lengyel simply said "true" but called Ahgren's take "based".
Ultimately, it's not entirely true that cancel culture doesn't exist. Although plenty of celebrities and streamers can come back from being cancelled, there are those that have slipped into oblivion. Being banned from Twitch or YouTube can lead to a massive drop in revenue and sponsorship from big brands. The idea that you're too big to be cancelled is a dangerous stance for xQc to take. xQc continues to be a popular (but outspoken) streamer who is anything but cancelled right now. Here's hoping he stays that way.
Images via xQc | Disguised Toast