Jontron Twitter war: Fair punishment, or silencing differing opinions?

When one puts themselves into the public eye, they more than likely open themselves to have everything they say scrutinized by people with WAY too much time on their hands.

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I have several questions.

Jon Jafari, better known as Jontron, is a video game reviewer, and creator of the video gaming website NormalBoots.com. Aside from posting video game reviews, he’s also done work for Did You Know Gaming, as well as being one of the co-founders of the popular let’s play channel, Game Grumps.

Jontron is an unapologetic fan of the Banjo Kazooie franchise, Nuts and Bolts not withstanding. As such, he had a role in the upcoming indie game Yooka-Laylee. Unfortunately, his role in the game has been cut due to remarks he made on Twitter regarding immigration.

As a result of his anti-immigration views, Jontron has lost approximately 10K Youtube subscribers, and Playtonic Games have removed Jafari’s voice work from their upcoming game Yooka-Laylee.

Now for the rant.


Once again, this comes down to the key word: opinions. You make of it what you will. However, this is a HUGE issue for the sake of democracy and differing opinions.

What’s the point of having a different or unpopular opinion if someone is absolutely crucified for having one? Losing subscribers is one thing, but removing someone’s voice work from your video game just because people don’t agree with someone’s political views?

That’s not justice, you’re just feeding the flames to allow people to bitch about anything they want for the sake of bitching. This behavior needs to be stomped down, and these people need to be told to get over it.

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One thought on “Jontron Twitter war: Fair punishment, or silencing differing opinions?

  1. It’s definitely a sticky situation that I think a lot of companies are trying to distance themselves from. At the end of the day though, I think Jon is free to say whatever he wants, and people are also free to not approve of his opinions, but he shouldn’t be silenced or censored. I personally feel the only way to achieve progress it to communicate and discuss differing opinions rather than shutting them out.

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