In case you don't know him, Jonathan Jafari - "JonTron" - is a YouTuber or "Internet personality". He rose to fame as the creator of the Let's Play series Game Grumps. He has over three million subscribers on YouTube, and in the past week or so became the latest high-profile Let's Play-er to become embroiled in a white supremacy storm.
Jafari first made the error of defending a US politician's controversial remarks on immigration - "Wow, how scandalous, Steve King doesn't want his country invaded by people who have contempt for his culture and people! NAZI!!!" - continued to dig himself into a deeper hole during a two-hour live stream ("If they assimilated, they would enter the gene pool, eventually."), and then released an apology video which sought to explain his comments and reset his reputation.
Didn't really work.
TROLL WITH IT
PewDiePie, meanwhile, has continued to troll the media - following what has now been revealed as a rather manipulative and insincere "explanation" for his own Nazi-based whimsy (featuring copious crocodile tears, in a textbook example of the Karpman Drama Triangle) - with yet further references to Nazism. He so funneeeee!
Meanwhile, Colin Moriarty, a founder member of Kinda Funny - a collection of "Internet personalities" comprised of former IGN staffers - quit the group recently in the wake of an allegedly sexist tweet, and has now taken to Patreon to fund a series of weekly videos which "delve deep into the issues of our time, not to mention the issues of long ago". Whatever those might be. How to deal with the bubonic plague, perhaps? How to get lice out of your codpiece?
Currently, Moriarty stands to make nearly $40,000 a month off this venture. Thanks to the generosity of 173 of you, and a handful of PayPal donors, I make just over $1,000 off mine - or about £400 after VAT and tax and fees. Not including what I fork out for it for web hosting and games and stuff. I'm deeply grateful for it, but... y'know... just sayin'. Maybe I'm not racist enough.
So: what's going on? Why are all the gaming YouTubers suddenly acting all, like, offensive and that? Why are they being dicks? And why am I writing about it again?
Well... I suppose because I wonder whether - had the Internet been around when I was first doing the original Digitiser - I'd have ended up as one of those dicks too.