Popular streamer Karl Jacobs recently addressed the viral threads that have been circulating on social media in which he has been accused of condoning the actions of controversial Twitch streamer Paul Denino, aka Ice Poseidon.
The 22-year-old Minecraft streamer recently hosted a livestream in which he apologized for his past actions, as he elaborated upon the viral accusatory threads that have been going around on social media.
The crux of the controversy lies in Karl Jacobs' former association with banned streamer Ice Poseidon, as several Twitter users began to call him out for the same.
In light of these swirling accusations, Karl Jacobs recently took to streaming in an attempt to debunk the serious allegations against him.
Karl Jacobs responds to allegations of racism and antisemitism, leaves the internet divided
Paul Denino, aka Ice Poseidon, has gone down in Twitch history as probably one of the most polarizing online personalities.
Despite having a thriving audience at his peak, his career eventually succumbed under the weight of edgy IRL streams and for allegedly enabling a toxic community that often indulged in using racial slurs on a frequent basis.
Regarding the recent accusations against Karl Jacobs, they seem to have stemmed from an old picture of him with Ice Poseidon in which he reportedly admitted to being a fan of his.
In light of these threads resurfacing online recently, Karl Jacobs took to stream to formally address and apologize for the same:
"There's threads going out there that I've associated with a streamer, a prominent streamer, that is currently known for a lot of bad stuff, like racism, any phobia you could think of. I just want to make it clear, a million percent, I don't condone anything I've done. I hope that's clear; that's just not who I am as a person.
"That's just never who I wanted to be. I just never want anyone to associate that kind of garbage with me because it's not true. I'm sorry that I made anyone uncomfortable because I understand that. I am sorry that I've upset people. I know I have; I appreciate you guys a lot for hearing it out, at least. "
Karl Jacobs also addressed the usage of Cx and Trihard, offensive terms which have often been associated with Ice Poseidon's fanbase.
"One more thing I want to give context for. There's a clip going around discussing antisemitism, which is something I'm very not okay with. I know there was a Jackbox joke that went around a long time ago. I was genuinely sorry about that. "
"I want to talk about a clip that came out recently, on Mizkif's stream where I said I was spamming Cx in his chat because I said 'probably because somebody in a video game had a big nose'. I think people associated that with antisemitism but in reality, in early Twitch, the meme was like Ice Poseidon had a big nose. So people made fun of him for having a big nose. I wasn't coming towards antisemitism if that makes sense, or anything racially charged at all. I don't know if that's clear, but yeah, Ice Poseidon is not Jewish or anything like that. It wasn't meant to be anything like that."
In light of his recent apology stream, Twitter was soon abuzz with a slew of reactions.
A large section of the online community believed that he should have allotted a bit more time to his apology rather than being pressured into issuing one at short notice.
They also slammed the actions of Karl Jacobs' chat, who they believed were being myopic in their efforts to support him:
Simultaneously, fans also expressed concern over his well-being and extended support to him:
Considering the sensitive nature of the ongoing controversy, Karl Jacobs' recent apology seems to have left the internet divided on account of it coming across as a tad rushed.
With the internet divided over his recent address, it remains to be seen what impact his statements end up having in the long run.