Everything Wrong with Dunkey

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Trigger Warning: This article contains sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, mentions (with links to depictions) of physical and sexual abuse, mentions of paedophilia, many slurs.

There’s a YouTuber named Dunkey who’s quite popular, with 3.4 million subscribers and millions of views within days of each new video. He’s famous in the video game community for his brutal takedowns of bad games and his genuine adoration for others. However there’s a thread through his content over the years that anyone who’s tried to honestly critique the video game community can clearly recognize as typical “Gamer” shittiness. Dunkey uses homophobic, ableist, racist and sexist slurs in his videos. He thinks it’s hilarious to beat and murder women in his videos and often screams sexist pejoratives while doing so. As of this writing, he’s never apologized for any of it and continues to make money off it.

Anyone who supports Dunkey needs to know that they’re supporting a man who’s said such horrible things as “big tits bimbo” in reference to Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite and told Dora the Explorer to “suck my dick” (which is in fact paedophilia). Let’s break down everything wrong with Dunkey into categories:

Violence Against Women

Dunkey has repeatedly released videos in which he finds it hilarious to beat and murder female characters in the games he plays. Dunkey reinforces the dangerous misconception that women are less than human, that they’re objects existing for the enjoyment of men. Here’s just a sample:

  • Murders woman (Source)
  • Beats woman (Source)
  • Beats more women (Source)
  • Punches woman until she falls over, calls her “tramp” (Source)
  • Beats more women (Source)
  • Shows brutal slitting of woman’s throat (Source)
  • Objectifies women, then murders them (Source)
  • Calls woman “dumb b*tch”, then kills her (Source)
  • Kills woman (Source)
  • Beats another woman (Source)
  • Beats two more women (Source)
  • Kills another woman, calls her “b*tch” (Source)
  • Murders cowering woman, ogles her naked dead corpse (Source)

It’s like a montage of how many different ways you can be a sexist piece of shit on YouTube, but there’s more.

Racism

Dunkey is white. So it’s pretty unbelievable when in his rap video for Red Dead Redemption he repeatedly uses the n-word and other racist slurs (Source). In a karaoke section of one video game, Dunkey purposefully mocks the Japanese song, singing gibberish (Source). In another video for Sleeping Dogs, a video game set in Hong Kong, Dunkey walks up to some Asian women in a market and flatly states, “All you Asian people look the same to me” (Source).

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Blatant Misogyny

Dunkey almost exclusively calls women “B*tch” in his videos, often times before or after abusing or murdering them which he believes to be funny. But there’s nothing funny about what he’s doing. He does it so often I gave up trying to sort through it all and resigned to the fact it’s an integral part of his content. Take a listen:

  • Calls Fat Princess “That b*tch” (Source)
  • Calls another woman “stupid fucking b*tch” (Source)
  • Says “fuck a lot of wh*res” (Source) and again (Source)
  • Says “Shut up dumb b*tch” (Source) and “shut the fuck up you stupid b*tch” (Source)
  • Says “I’m gonna go fuck a wh*re” (Source)
  • Says “I found this black b*tch and she’s got bigger tits” (Source)
  • Calls character “This b*tch” (Source)
  • Calls Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite “big tits bimbo” (Source)
  • Calls Elizabeth “dumb b*tch” (Source)
  • Still thinks it’s funny to objectify women (Source)
  • Calls the main character a “prostitute” (Source)
  • Says “make your b*tches booty drop” (Source)
  • Screams “b*tches” at female characters (Source)
  • Calls woman “dumb b*tch” and shoots her (Source)
  • Plays Dora game, calls her a “pussy” (Source)
  • Tells Dora to “suck my dick” which would be paedophilia (Source)
  • Says “Got a lot of wh*res” (Source)
  • Raps “b*tches leaving chores cause they think they got an ass, I’ll escort these hoes out and say I’m taking out the trash “ (Source)
  • Calls woman “vile, dirt, filth wh*re… all used up and disgusting“ (Source)
  • On a select your gender screen he picked male and said “Select your difficulty? I pick hard” insinuating being a woman is easier (Source)

He also used a sexualized woman in a thumbnail, using a gay slur because of course he did:

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This feeds into the next issue with Dunkey’s content.

Homophobia

Dunkey has also used gay slurs in his content. In a video for the N64 game Glover Dunkey refers to one of the enemies as a “f*ggot” (Source). In another video for Max Payne 3, Dunkey was commenting on the game’s music, stating it’s “so awesome that you could just be doing the gayest shit” and then plays the game music over video of him cracking an egg (Source). He’s insinuating that cooking is a gay thing I guess? The point is that he has no problem using homophobic slurs and demonstrates a complete disregard and disdain for LGBT folks. In another video for the multiplayer game Blackwater, he includes one of his friends saying “It’s not gay if you’re at sea for several days” confirming that not only is Dunkey homophobic but so are his friends (Source).

Ableism

Dunkey is also no stranger to using slurs against those with learning disabilities. He uses the word “retarded” as a pejorative here, here, here and here. I found counts of Dunkey’s disregard and insults for those with learning disabilities from 2012 to a couple months ago. He really sees no issue with what he’s doing.

Getting Banned from League of Legends

In 2015 Dunkey was banned from League of Legends for saying:

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He goes on to say in his video that “I can understand being banned for cheating or going afk or feeding on purpose but talking shit to some guy that is a total dumbass? What is this? Fucking pussy-ass baby preschool time?” (Source). This clearly indicates Dunkey has no understanding of how words can affect people and how utterly oblivious he is to the notion of other player’s feelings. It’s clear to the viewer that this whole whiny video is just a result of Dunkey’s feelings being hurt and instead of reflecting on what behaviour led to his situation he chooses to blame Riot Games for failing to appreciate him. He believes he is more important than the other players and exceptions should be made for him because he’s a YouTuber.

The whole video is essentially Dunkey throwing a tantrum, it’s disgusting and embarrassing. With this perspective, it’s no wonder that Dunkey can say such horrendous things about women and minorities without any guilt or regard for how his words might affect them. He is a callous, conceited man whose arrogance really is what’s making the video game community such a toxic, uninviting place.

Transphobia

Dunkey has made transphobic remarks more than once over the years. He referred to Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite as “Urkel with tits” (Source) purposefully misgendering her. In another video, Dunkey refers to Nicki Minaj as Jay Z’s husband “Nick Garage” also purposefully misgendering her (Source). Dunkey believes that misgendering women is some hilarious insult when in fact it’s grossly transphobic.

The Team Siren Mockery

One of Dunkey’s most famous videos is one in which he mocks the first all-female League of Legends team, named Team Siren. He falsely paints them as man-hating, unintelligible whiny girls, which if you watch the original video couldn’t be farther from the truth. What Team Siren was trying to do with their formation and their announcement video was show the world that there’s room in the eSports scene for women to compete. And yeah it used dubstep and some flashy transitions but that’s just eSports, you can’t single out Team Siren for these things.

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But Dunkey couldn’t let that be and he thought it’d be best to create another video mocking them which he titled “Dead Serious Girl Gamers” because of course he fucking did how dare women try to get into games. He broke down each aspect of the trailer with his own voice over, imitating each woman in a mocking, whiny voice and teasing them. It’s frustrating to watch considering how discouraging it already is for many women to get into games without shitheads like Dunkey treating tearing them down just for doing so.

The “Guide to Girls”

One of the most egregious videos Dunkey has made, and one of the ones that launched his career, is a video entitled “League of Legends : Guide to Girls” Dunkey states that about 95% of his viewers are male, so he’s going to tell them how to pick up girls in League. But before that he goes through some comments from viewers saying they’re women, calling one a “stuck-up b*tch” (Source). He then proceeds to tell the presumed male viewer that you need to identify which people in your lobby are playing as female heroes, those are your most likely “targets.” He says you should make sure you let those heroes kill you because “girls like it when you let them win” (Source), implying that female players can’t play on male player’s level.

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He then proceeds to say “but you also have to show them that you don’t take shit from them, from that stupid b*tch that I’m the man in this relationship!” (Source). He then goes around targeting all the female heroes, claiming he’s “sending them to hell” and that no one else can kill them screaming “she’s mine! That’s my woman!” (Source).

He released a follow-up video called “Guide to Girls 2” in which he claims “I’ve become the forthright authority on League of Legends women” and that he’s talked to “all 150 girls in League” during which he flashes up a card with “Actual (boobs + vagina)” written on it (Source). This only further illustrates Dunkey’s sexism and transphobia, reducing them to their sex appeal and genitalia. He refers to the women who play League of Legends as “stupid bimbos” and for the rest of the video he goes on about the different types of “b*tches” you’ll encounter and how to course them.

Don’t Support Him

I want to close out by just saying that supporting Dunkey is supporting sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism and a toxic gaming community. Dunkey represents much of what’s wrong with the video game community and why it’s so shitty and abusive towards anyone who is not a straight, white male. While people will try to defend him, saying he doesn’t demonstrate these beliefs in every single video, it shouldn’t matter because the fact he demonstrates these beliefs at all is reason enough to end your support. And some may even say that just because he makes these “jokes” doesn’t mean he believes them, which a) if he’s making the jokes he believes they’re funny and b) when you have an audience of millions it doesn’t matter if you believe it because you are normalizing that kind of behaviour.

If you look at the patterns of behaviour over the years it’s impossible to deny this is a really shitty guy. He rose to fame off of sexist content, and while he may not murder a woman in every video he carries all of that misogyny with him in all his work. If you read through all of this and are still okay with supporting him then you’re just as bad as he is. I implore anyone still reading to look for new artists to support who don’t use their platform to say and do such horrible things to already victimized and vulnerable people.

YouTubers who’ve worked with Dunkey (to avoid): cr1tikal, Sky Williams, Dyrus
Alternative YouTubers with great content: Polygon, Feminist Frequency, Pockets Full of Soup
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21 thoughts on “Everything Wrong with Dunkey

  1. Caitlyn

    This post is Bias. When suggesting other YouTubers you only mentioned ones that share identical radical feminist views such as yourself. Would it not be better just to reference YouTubers who are moderate or are capable of viewing both sides. Also, Feminist Frequency is similar to VideoGameDunkey just in the opposite manner, but I guess since you agree with the views she can say all the fake shit she wants and you’ll just drool all over her.

    • Thanks for reading Caitlyn 🙂 I think you meant “is biased” but everyone is influenced by their beliefs, true objectivity is impossible. I believe that we should do everything we possibly can do get rid of discrimination, whether that discrimination comes in the form of gendered slurs or racist language. Also your comment implies I’m incapable of viewing both sides. I’m very capable of viewing both sides actually. You say FemFreq is “similar in the opposite manner” which is true, they both make YouTube videos about games but FemFreq makes the important decision to not victimize or attack marginalized and oppressed groups of our society. Her videos are well researched, widely supported and her work has earned her a lot of esteem from the games industry. For example, she consulted with Neil Druckman on The Last of Us which by no small coincidence features some of the most well developed, realistic characters of any AAA game ever made. That’s the kind of change I want to see in games.

    • Hey thanks for reading 🙂 I hope you’ll avoid using ableist slurs in the future, not only do they reflect badly on you but they hurt actual people with learning disabilities in our society.

  2. TotallyNotRatboys

    I’m not sure whether this is sarcasm, trolling, or an obvious opinion. Honestly. I mean, your comment about “All you Asian people look the same to me” includes a picture where three characters, in the same frame, have the same character skin.

    • I agree that comment about Asians looking the same was motivated by the fact they all had the same character model but Dunkey should’ve known better than to make a joke about not being able to tell Asians apart when that’s a form of racism Asian people face in our society. Ignorance isn’t funny it’s just a part of the problem.

  3. Ribbon

    Hello there! I’m a long time VideoGameDunkey fan, so I’m going to take a bit of a defensive position to pretty much any criticism lobbed against him. I’d like to begin on a positive note and talk about the fact that I always think it is important for us to question comedy, as what we find humorous is deeply rooted in trying to make sense of often complex situations that cause us discomfort. I think some of the most important points are brought up in the homophobia and lack of racial awareness. While he has ‘matured’ much in these regards (he has refrained from using gay as a negative word and has not said “nigga” in quite some time), I think it’s always important to probe the content to understand exactly where these pieces of humor that reside on the edge of acceptability come from. In the case of Jason calling things ‘gay’, I feel that a line has been crossed. There is no satire in his words; he purely refers to people or things he doesn’t like as gay. Furthermore, I feel like his material has been pointlessly misogynistic in the past, particularly with the Team Siren video. There are criticisms that can be leveled against Team Siren. Like the rest of the E-sports scene, they are rather silly in how they present themselves. Perhaps more annoyingly they made some ostensibly false statements about being the first all female pro-team. While these certainly are critisisable, Dunkey’s video never brings these points up in a reasonable fashion and, when gaming culture is dominated by misogyny and lack of cultural respect to this day, his work feels more like a mean-spirited ‘slam’ than a joke.

    With that said, I’m not fully in agreement with many of the other areas where this article criticises Jason’s humor and behavior. I’m going to have to play the ‘it’s satire’ card for several of these videos. In my interpretation, the ‘Guide to Girls’ video is a very clear self-depreciating commentary about the exact toxic gaming culture you are accusing him of perpetuating. It seems obvious to me he is spearheading the awkward and misogynistic outlook the League of Legends (the gaming community as a whole, rather!) players tend to express. The set-up is that Dunkey makes horrid comments about women, but that is not the punchline; the Dunkey character is supposed to be presented as vile and annoying there. The punchline is the fact that there are horrible people who believe these things. There are other moments throughout this article which seem to miss the context around jokes, though none of those jokes are actually as critical of the gaming scene as ‘Guide to Girls’. As another commenter mentioned, in the section of racism Jason states a traditionally racist phrase in response to duplicate models. I do not believe there is any malicious intent nor malicious undertone to this; the humor comes exactly from the absurdity of such a horrid thing being said, not the racist sentiment. These is another moment, on the IQ Test video, and seems grossly mischaracterised. Perhaps I’m not seeing a darker side implied by the statement, but I fully believe that there’s no malicious undertone to Jason’s statement; instead he is playing off of a seemingly useless selection and comparing it, seemingly randomly, to a difficulty selection. The humor is the absurdity. I do not mean to state that misogyny is somehow acceptable when compared to a ‘greater evil’, but with other comedians at large who have openly expressed racist ideals, like JonTron, these feel nickpicky. Jason’s humor is by and large very violent, but it is not exclusively violent to women. It certainly can be argued that it is worse, as he uses some charged language, but his insults haven’t been limited simply to that group.

    With all that said, I, once more, wanted to end on a positive note by repeating that I think it’s good to question humor, especially in the context of gaming which has a vile community. I agree that Jason has made many jokes that cross the line, but I also do not believe that all of his humor is rooted in misogyny. Perhaps I’m attributing too much self-awareness to the world (if Youtube comments are anything to go by, I certainly am!), but I think in many moments (Guide to Girls) Jason has highlighted the rougher portions of gaming in a way the people are able to understand and properly criticise in a comedic fashion. Thanks for writing this thought-provoking piece!

    • Hey thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to write such a long, personal reply! 🙂

      You’re right that a lot of the issues I found were in his earlier content (ie 2012 – 2014) but the fact that he never addressed these issues, he never apologized for any of it and continues to profit from it speaks to a disregard for those he attacked with his words and actions.

      You say “play the ‘it’s satire’ card” but satire can be improperly executed and end up perpetuating the thing it sets out to mock, which I believe happens in Dunkey’s content.
      Satire is not above reproach, and Dunkey’s “Guide to Girls” video might have been meant as a commentary on the toxic gaming community (although I doubt it) it ended up being a pretty gross string of slurs and hateful comments towards women. You are correct that Dunkey’s work isn’t exclusively violent towards women, but he’s creating this content in the context of a society where violence against women is a much bigger problem than violence against men and by performing such violence and laughing at it, even in a video game, is problematic.

      Thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to write a reply!

  4. Chooky Poots

    I’m at a loss for words at how cringe-y this is. Stay triggered, keep crying, and let the rest of us enjoy some quality content.

  5. Dunkey’s videos are pure satire, and should be viewed as such. On top of that many of your points are entirely reaching, and some of your “evidence” is being blatantly taken out of context. Has Dunkey said/done some things he shouldn’t have? Of course, no one is perfect. But if you’re going to go on this witch hunt at least present things accurately. Very unprofessional.

    Then you promote Feminist Frequency and Polygon, and claim they’re well researched. That is factually untrue. Both parties have been called out many times for:
    – Blatant bias
    – Misrepresenting the facts
    – Purposely slanting stories
    – Omitting important contradicting facts
    – Entirely fabricating stories

    Maybe you should pay more attention to the media you consume, because you’re promoting some of the worst media on the other side of the spectrum.

    • Hey thank you for reading 🙂 I’m not sure you fully understand what satire is? Just because you frame something as a mocking of something else, does not mean that thing is above criticism. I feel my research has demonstrated consistent issues, and while each individual point may not be a whole case by itself when you take everything together it paints a clear picture of discriminatory, gross thinking.

      As for your second point I am critical of the media I consume, and while FemFreq and Polygon are not perfect they are a hell of a lot better than Dunkey.

    • Hey thanks for reading 🙂 The reason I included those who’ve done videos with Dunkey was because by working with him they’re somewhat okay with what he does. I dunno, I haven’t watched a lot of Sky, we all make mistakes so maybe he realised his.

    • Hey thanks for reading 🙂 just wanted to point out Dunkey isn’t black, but not watching someone’s videos because they are is very racist. Not watching them because they’re a sexist, homophobic dick is a great reason to not watch their videos. Have a swell day!

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