A Shopify Rebellion won the Game Changers Championship 2023 last Sunday (3). The cast defeated Team Liquid 3-2 in the grand final. However, one day after the victory, Semmlercommentator Counter-Strikestarted a series of transphobia discussions against florescentcurrent VALORANT world champion.
fluorescent is the target of transphobia by Counter-Strike commentator
He recently argued that transgender players shouldn’t be part of the league and came to the attention of the VALOANT community after responding to a photo of florescentMVP do Game Changers Championship 2023.
So are women in Valorant suffering the same fate? I’m not surprised.
So the women in valorant are suffering the same fate? I’m not surprised.
— Semmler (@OnFireSemmler) December 5, 2023
The main player of the competition and who broke records during the inclusive world championship responded to the publication and also mentioned that at one point in his career he was a fan of the commentator.
Seeing the person you portray yourself to be and the person you are becoming in recent years is quite sad. You’re more than twice my age and you still act like a child on the internet all day. I’m not a big hater, but I genuinely feel sorry for the minorities/lgbt/poc you’ve had to work with in your career, something I’m sure doesn’t matter to you. I wonder what they think of you now.
I used to be a fan of yours when i was younger, seeing the person you portray yourself as and the person you are becoming over the last couple years is quite sad, you are OVER double my age and yet you act like a child on the internet all day. I’m not one to hate much but I…
— SR florescent (@florscnt) December 5, 2023
Other VALORANT personalities also responded to Semmler, asking him to leave the player alone. The commentator responded directly to Doing theminterviewer and host for Riot Games, who told him to “take the day off.”
I’ve had studio heads ask me if I knew asian women to hire because they needed to check diversity boxes.
You don’t need to play these games. Your job is secure. (you are legitimately good at your job, so again, don’t worry)
— Semmler (@OnFireSemmler) December 5, 2023
I’ve had studio heads ask me if I knew any Asian women to hire because they needed to fill diversity quotas. You don’t need to play these games. Your job is safe. (You’re legitimately good at your job, so again, don’t worry).
Semmler has not worked Counter-Strike events since 2021 and is currently a member of the podcast network Last Free Nationhaving participated in its programs and live broadcasts.
Community repudiates Semmler’s transphobic action
All my solidarity with @florscnt in relation to the transphobia she has been experiencing since her success in Valorant, and especially this week. It is of great concern to me, as a spokesperson for the inclusive scenario, that we still have to deal with this kind of…
— Letícia Motta (@leticiaxmotta) December 7, 2023
I posted the video of Florescent’s Ace at Sunset against Liquid and in addition to the discussion about her aim, some idiots came out as being transphobic. All reported and with comments deleted from the video. You won’t be talking shit like that in the video in the MV.
— Luis, from Momento Valorant (@edu_feitosaa) December 6, 2023
Watching Valorant Game Changers and whenever Florescent gets posted on Twitter, the replies are always so sad, bullying a 17 year old child who has accomplished more in Valorant than the transphobes entire life is sad and pitiful. Leave Florescent alone
– Shah (@Shahmadrid0912) December 3, 2023
I love Flor https://t.co/bGquIXEy9W
— RedMake ♿️⚧ (@theoredmake) December 6, 2023
You don’t know Florescent, you pretend to care about women, but you’re just prejudiced. Leave her alone and worry about your own life
You are an internet child who spreads hate
— MrRogerio (@MrRogerio17) December 5, 2023
Transphobia in Brazil
Recently, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) determined that acts of homophobia and transphobia are classified as a crime of racial insult. In practice, whoever is responsible for acts of this nature will not have the right to bail, nor will there be a time limit to respond in court.
In 2019, the Supreme Court had already recognized the crime of homophobia and transphobia, and decided that they should be classified as a crime of racism. Now, the STF has expanded protection to homosexual and transgender people who may have direct offenses against them punished as racial slurs.