Atlanta FaZe Apologizes for “Misogynistic” Twitter Post
Call of Duty team Atlanta FaZe apologized for posting a tweet that was found to be “sexist” and “offensive” by fans and community members. Earlier this week, the team’s official social media handle posted an image where the team’s players were seen with a filter that made them look like girls. FaZe posted a caption that read, “How many drinks to take them home?”. The tweet was meant to be a joke but it was deemed offensive and was quickly taken down.
Why was Atlanta FaZe’s post found to be offensive?
The photo featured male esports athletes from Atlanta FaZe including Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, Seth “Scump” Abner, Chris “Simp” Lehr, and Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson. People responded to the tweet saying that the post was misogynistic and it objectified women based on their looks.
The organization issued an apology stating, “We understand there is no room for misogynistic or harassing behavior and that women and the Call of Duty community deserve better. We deeply apologize to those we have offended and know that we have fallen short of your expectations and ours.”
FaZe said that the issue has been handled internally and vowed to “move forward in a positive manner for all.” This is the second major controversy that FaZe Clan has been caught up in this month. Last week, Fortnite pro Evan "Cented" Barron and FaZe Clan parted ways after the player was caught using a racial slur during a livestream.
Barron was found using the N-word on stream and was immediately removed from the organization. The Fortnite player was also by Epic Games last year for harassment and in-game toxicity.
In 2020, Daniel “Dubs” Walsh, who is also a FaZe Clan member, was suspended for using racial slurs. With so many controversies surrounding FaZe Clan, the organization may need to take corrective measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.
There are over 80 members in FaZe Clan including professional esports players and content creators and with some of them getting millions of followers, bad behavior involving sexism or racism by the players who represent FaZe can have a negative impact on their audiences.