G4 host Indiana Black claims viewers are subconsciously biased against her because she is “not as attractive as previous hosts”

According to G4’s Xplay and Boosted host Indiana Black, the various pushbacks and disagreements she received while on the network were not only the result of “in-game sexism,” but also, as she has said it herself, the apparent fact that she is “not as punchy as the previous hosts.”

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Black expressed his thoughts on a recent episode of Xplay during a segment titled “The Airing of Gaming Grievances” in which the show’s hosts – Black, Jirard “The Completionist” Khalil and Corey “The Black Hokage” Smallwood, and Adam Sessler – were given an opportunity to do just that.

Although she opened the segment with a lengthy discussion of her particular grievance over Rockstar’s apparent ambivalence to introduce quality new content into Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode, Black quickly revealed to viewers that she “actually meant to talk about something so much bigger than Red Dead Online: sexism in games.

“By joining G4, I was thrilled to be a part of something that I grew up looking like a kid,” Black began his rant, “but every time G4 is mentioned in various channels, even in this YouTube channel , we have the cat in front of us, I can see you, no doubt there will be a backlash because I’m not as impactful as the previous hosts.

She added, “We kind of expected you to say how much you jerk off to women as a compliment. It’s not a compliment. It’s dehumanizing, and it is. is weird. Women don’t exist to look pretty for you. Morgan Webb, Olivia Munn, didn’t exist to please you. “

“And that’s just obvious sexism,” Black said. “You don’t have to explicitly objectify women or state that you hate women to be sexist. Go ahead and check it out [esports broadcaster] Thorin’s latest Twitter crash for some Spark Notes.

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It appears the catalyst for Black’s tirade may have been the criticisms and disagreements she received in response to her criticisms, as the host went on to explain how “here at X-play, our reviews are written and produced by a team of people. There are too many games for one person to bear the burden, so we divide and conquer. “

“So when we use language like ‘we’ or ‘I’, it’s the reviewer, it comes from the mouth and experience of the reviewer reading that review,” she argued with confusion. “And that doesn’t mean that Jirard, TBH, Adam or I don’t contribute reviews. We absolutely do. But it will always be to varying degrees and will take a whole team behind us.

She said: “This is why we are ‘Xplay’ and not ‘AdamPlay'”, much to the delight of Sessler, who applauded exaggeratedly from his home studio.

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Continuing, Black said, “We did the experiment and controlled the variables. Adam will read a script, written by the same writer, for which I’ll read the other half of the script, but I’ll be the one to fire it up.

She then admitted that although “this also happens to Jirard and [Smallwood]Their experiences do not “overlook the sexism of how it happens to me when it does.”

“Both things can be true! She exclaimed. “That there is a general hatred for any change that is not Adam, and that I will receive a special flame just for being a woman.” And I wish I could turn the camera so you could see the amazing team that make Xplay. Half of our producers and screenwriters are women.

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Closing his thoughts, Black informed viewers, “When you’re in our DMs, or in those YouTube comments, or in Twitch chat right now, these reactionary chats, thinking I’m kind of ruining your current Xplay experience. because you can’t objectify me, how you’ve done before to Morgan, or I’m somehow less qualified to talk about something but you can’t quite put your finger on why, even though I’m reading exactly the same script as Adam, but you have no problem with his part, you let your unconscious biases ruin my day and you keep the play space. “

“So maybe for 2022 we’ll be a little nicer, a little more thoughtful, and we appreciate that people are working hard to create free content for you,” she concluded. “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. PEACE.”

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Now, it is true that women are subjected to sexist insults and criticism on the internet on a daily basis, just like most people based on their steadfast features, whether black, white, female, male or whatever. This is something that most internet users are actively trying to change every day.

However, given that she admitted that Smallwood and Khalil both suffer a setback, as well as the fact that the reviews are spread across multiple hosts in their presentation, the ‘gender-specific’ flame that Black claims to receive on a regular basis is likely less. a widespread case of misogyny in its own right and one of the players disagreeing with specific points.

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And while, yes, several members of the team are working on the reviews, by her own admission, it is she who publicly presents the final product to viewers. As such, it’s no surprise that a corporate public voice could bear the brunt of fan reluctance, as they are the ostensible “go-between” between viewers and the production crew.

It also seems odd to use G4 as a platform to speak out against the objectification of women in light of how, when Black herself was “a kid” wanting to work there, the network itself aired segments. evocative such as the aforementioned Munn eating a hot dog, and having her play with Attack of the Show co-host Kevin Pereira, standing behind her in a sexual pose.

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Currently, G4 appears to be in step three of The Critical Drinker’s five-step franchise destruction, as after “choosing a very popular IP address with a loyal fanbase” and “updating it for one. “modern audience” “, the network’s attempt to revive is now set to” antagonize the fan base “- although after release, not before.

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Additionally, Black’s conclusive statement “if you don’t like him, don’t watch him” echoes similar rhetoric put forward by Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick in October 2017, when she told SyFy : “If you don’t like my politics, don’t buy my book. I’m going to do the book I’m going to do and if you don’t want to read them; don’t read them.

Of course, in the years that followed, DeConnick continued to bemoan the failed state of the mainstream comic book industry, telling KGW reporter Destiny Johnson in a 2019 interview, “I’m directly concerned.” .

“The stores are closing at a phenomenal rate. Sales of independent comics are down. Mainstream comic book sales are down, except the top three or five books are up. Everything on the intermediate list is down, ”she admitted. “The numbers that were previously numbers that would get you canceled are now like, ‘No, that’s a hit. Independent books that report the cost of making floppy disks, it’s like names that should be able to do it without a sweat go in the red on singles and don’t come out until trade. And that worries me. ”

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