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Games Done Quick: Banned Into Submission

Games Done Quick: Banned Into Submission
children we're gonna need to give you 150 cc's of the Mario stat I didn't agree to this I mean too bad we're doing this but right now this is this is simple charge and all you got to do is you got to swing your arms from side to side yeah all right that's that's the first step all right and yeah now you're doing it you're doing the Mario and then you just take one step and then again and there you go you're doing the Mario just like that okay yeah I'm still quite comfortably seated but yeah nobody nobody did the Mario with me that was um that was holy a failure more than any other gaming community speedrunning and it's events hosted by

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seems to attract more scandals controversy outraged and strange characters than any other in my first video on gdq I went over the history of the event and called into question some of the most notable bands and rulings of the time since agdq 2018 the event has had no shortage of further mishaps and miss handlings let's take a look at who the latest victims of gdq's banhammer have been where the outrage has come from and what some of the deeper problems within the speedrunning community look like this time around I'm going to get some first-hand experience at one of these speedrunning events and the only way to do that is by becoming a speedrunner myself gotta go

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like a little bit of time on the tails level there's a little bit of a tiny skip later on that...
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allows me cook do people do this okay so maybe I don't have what it takes to be a speed runner but I did reach out to some of the top players who have attended these events and are well known within the community in order to get their insider perspectives for a recap of events prior to summer 2018 and a more detailed rundown of the organization itself check out my first video on gdq if you haven't yet the first controversy of this era comes out of summer

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2018 even when bands aren't issued the gdq staff and twitter users will make it known to players when they are upset at the type of language used during speedruns even when that language is directed towards literal ingame NPCs such as when gdq staff got angry at player mike canis for calling an in-game boss a SOI boy very important in luck-based things and one of them will be happening with this SOI boy right here it was fun and

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until your runner used the recently popular homophobic slash transphobic slur SOI boy towards the end sad emoji Mike replied I didn't know that's what it meant sorry okay so the first mistake was apologizing to an absurd person when you did nothing wrong Mike wasn't using the term to demean anyone for being trans or for being gay he was literally insulting a virtual demon boss in a video titled agdq's diversity problem speedrunner real alpha gamer shared some thoughts on this canticle the boss a soy boy a soy boy he calls one of the bosses a soy boy I...
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am and they got mad at him god I gotta get it shortly after sgdq 2018 the tragic shooting at Jacksonville Landing in Florida occurred during the Madden 20:19 eSports event in response to this GDQ organizer pool Maddy made a thread on the speed-running subreddit detailing plans to create a private blacklist of suspicious and potentially threatening individuals within not only the speedrunning community but other gaming communities as well his plan was to involve other event organizers and get their input of names to add to this private list now cool Maddie's idea of a private blacklist might have good intentions but ultimately policies that give immense unchecked power to organizers for the sake of security which is what this is unfortunately end up rife with abuse especially when cool Maddie says event managers may report as much or as little as they wish about particular incidents basically managers can decide what to include about specific people without full context or even good reasoning as to why that player will be

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from not just gdq but other events as well it's basically the Patriot Act for gamers and we all know how well that turned out even the responses from members of the speed-running subreddit were unenthused with the idea to say the least leading up to 2019 s agdq there were a couple preemptive bans issued out to the players rwhitegoose and graviton due to some unsavory remarks they made in a private discord Kotaku reported on the situation citing...
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that speedrunner aundrea who I actually interviewed in my last gdq video posted a now-deleted Twitter thread showcasing screenshots of discord logs involving white goose and graviton there are pages and pages of logs that I don't feel the need to go through here but the worst of it was certainly when white goose made a few comments about Jews following the typical alt-right narrative of blaming Jews for everything or something like that also goofs used the T word several times which many people find offensive initially gdq did not take any action against these speedrunners' because they could not verify if the discord logs were real then after a few angry tweets they of course caved in and man juice and graviton interestingly though both players had completely different reactions rwhitegoose seems to have a change of heart stating that those screenshots show conversations which contain hurtful concepts ideas and conspiracy theories which I have come to fully and completely reject while graviton who actually seems to have said far less damning things reacted by saying in a now-deleted tweet when you're wrong think gets you more followers than your gdq run would have got I reached out to super mario 64 speedrunner and world record holder cheese for his thoughts on this since he knew of white goose before all of this and had actually shared some thoughts on this situation and when i found out which was through andreas tweet of what them showing what all right with...
some graviton said and all that stuff online I had no idea prior to anything that our goose had said or even that he had a secret alias online I think most people had no idea and I was shocked when I saw that kind of stuff and I did feel a little bit different about all right goose I lost Allah Allah definitely lost a sense of respect for him what really got me upset and into the whole I guess conversation was all the retweets and replies that I saw the andreas tweet which was a lot of the trans community a lot of the LGBT community in general that started replying and retweeting and saying stuff like laqad is disgusting people or whatever speedrunning totally unacceptable community gdq's and all for organization etc etc transphobic this and that just all these crazy things and I the first thing I saw was holed up getting this situation resolved with the graviton and all right goose great let's do that but I immediately jumping into these crazy crazy accusations all this stuff about the entire speedrunning community in

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and quake and all this stuff was like if you're gonna go out and complain about everybody and say oh everyone is often an accepting then you're just gonna get other people to not like you either if they're gonna you know just separating the community more from you so if you're saying that you'd accuse an intercepting environment that's one thing but then they used to throw out these awful words and talk about all other...
speedrunners and how awful they are then that's you're just gonna get people to disrespect you more despite the discriminatory nature of these discord logs though an argument could be made that they were still conversations held in a private chat and that none of it had to be related to speed running itself either way streamer calebhart seems to be fed up with the hyper political climate surrounding video game speedrunning of all things it's this recent event with goose and whatever I don't know it's becoming a bit it's just becoming excessive he used to be all about playing video

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and raising money for charity that was that was it now it's all about this you know political correctness in this other irrelevant that's just not important even aside from the external politics tensions are also high within the walls of gdq events bonesaw was a speedrunner who i covered in my last video he's a well-respected well-meaning and widely admired player who got

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for some of the most trivial comments and jokes I've ever heard which were directed at Air Canada and Owen Wilson please send tweets the Air Canada well air canada hates us Owen Wilson hates this stream I reached out to bonesaw to collaborate for this video and instead of an interview he opted to share with me some of his experiences with gdq staff in the form of a lengthy but detailed video of his own which i'm going to link in the description it's too long to go over in...
its entirety here so i encourage you to go check it out on his channel but to summarize a few key points bonesaw discusses how disrespected he felt around cool maddie the gdq organizer an entire year after his ban from competing which once again was for Owen Wilson jokes he takes me over to cool Maddie who's like the Director of Operations for GDQ he's sitting at the badge counter and darkman and I go up to him and darkman says hey Maddie is it cool if bonesaw commentates for a techie Silent Hill run-ins coming up soon and Maddie looks at me like it is he's just like staring at me like as if absolutely what why are you asking that's definitely not gonna happen and he just looks at me and he says no and I said what why not and he goes because of what happened last year we've been instructed to stop talking about awesome and then I this is where I started to kinda get angry but I didn't say anything bad really I just said see I'm a little confused because this unnamed speedrunner who has also been temporarily barred from submitting

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to the marathon gets to go on the couch and commentate with no warnings you told me I couldn't submit

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but I could commentate and now you're telling me I can't like this doesn't make any sense the conversation went on for a little bit longer I expressed my concern I can't really remember the rest of it but like I was knowing full well I was being treated unfairly at the time but finally...
Maddie agreed to me commentating but not without saying but remember I don't want none of that Air Canada stuff no Owen Wilson none of that even after being allowed to commentate a Silent Hill speedrun it seemed like gdq staff still had it out for bonesaw that's bouncing and that's Ben he's hit her little pretty the Silent Hill run ends and I take off back to my hotel room I happened to come across the gdq Twitter and saw pictures at the official gdq photographer or whatever had taken up the run I immediately noticed that I was cropped out of every official photograph of the Silent Hill run every single one you can't find an official post by the gdq twitter that shows me in a photograph I was meticulously and deliberately cut out of these photographs you can get the whole album and you can find the photographs from that run and then compare them and you'll see it Air Canada hates us wow wow wow wow you get nothing you lose now before I continue I should mention that some of the following sections are going to involve players who happen to be trans non-binary LGBTQ queer and all that and I want to make it clear that I respect all human rights including trans rights queer rights non-binary rights I respect people as people above all else and you should too I'm not going after anyone here for being trans or being queer and I think my criticisms will reflect that however at the same time unlike gdq i don't think that trans people non-binary people...
and queer people are above all criticism or are infallible so when I do maybe point out things that they've

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don't take it as me attacking them because that's that's not what I'm doing and if you're doing that you're missing the point for a reason that I'm sure was totally for the enjoyment of their audience and viewers and definitely not at all to further appease the lgbtq+ community GDQ decided to host a full panel discussion called setting the record queer hosted by proto magical girl who's apparently doing her best Jeb Bush impression this is the part where you clap please clap welcome awesome

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2019 to setting the record queer live hi my name is Alexis and my pronouns are idiots and she her and I'm two of your hosts I'm sorry what and I'm two of your hosts so it turns out proto magical girl made a pastebin explaining that they are plural in this paste bin proto explains i'm plural we're plural even in the past we've talked about our notion that the person's Alexis and proto magical girl were metaphorically speaking different acute effeminate girl and a big boisterous confident streamer entity hell-bent on success it turns out there was no metaphorically about it Alexis and proto are completely different conscious entities in our shared mind over the past month ish we've been working hard to understand our plural self and now it's time to share that understanding with everyone...
digging further into this a reply on proto's tweak reads is this more like a multiple personality brain thing or like when Yami and Yugi shared the same body proto responded with okay honestly ukyo had a significantly nonzero influence whatever the that means on our experience of plurality so it's a lot like that but like it's also multiple personalities just that those personalities have independent consciousnesses si : but yeah we can switch and talk to each other like you you okay at first I was a bit confused but honestly it would be pretty badass to have the spirit of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh the king of

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in your consciousness from the deck into my hands ha nice try Yugi but you've activated my trap card jar of 3 which lets me do whatever the I want through the rules I have money it looks like the rules just got screwed sorry that was my Seto Kaiba persona now I did actually sit through and listen to the entirety of the setting the record queer podcast and it was about as riveting as you might expect you know that's that's also like a lot of that is just like normal community building you know just like however I do have to give credit to the panelists for being so open about their struggles with depression and anxiety which is not easy to do and yet seems to be prevalent amongst the speedrunning community I was actually going through a phase of pretty bad depression at that time it's not uncommon for streamers and queer people to...
struggle with depression I struggle with depression and anxiety myself and so I don't always have energy to stream and even if I'm getting into a good pattern of stream schedules that can just be thrown off any day by a depressive episode or an anxiety to tack so um I don't really balance it to be honest on that topic I would also like to point out that I - and since since we have all discussed our suffering from depression may also suffer from depression and getting the speed-running was also like a big thing to help me with that just like cuz I I don't know I just sort of realized like friend you know in person your local friend groups and Internet frightened groups that you know morphed and shifted over the years and I was finding myself feeling more and more isolated and I wanted to get into something that more people were involved with it seems like above all else what these people want what they're looking for is a sense of community of friendship of having people around them that actually care and they just happen to be LGBT or queer in this instance and these issues of depression anxiety and loneliness are all too common amongst the disenfranchised youth who spend much of their free time on the internet or with gaming and I might have even included myself in that camp just a few years ago everyone who is in that situation deserves the same attention help and support as anyone else whether they're queer or not however I do feel like there is...
some extra emotional fragility that comes with being in that lgbtq+ community that isn't always necessary to have such as when proto magical girl revealed that they felt unsafe at GD q in a series of tweets didn't really have much fun this GDQ honestly seeing people was nice but the constant overwhelming fear and paranoia we were under all week was pretty draining to say the least knowing you're the most hated person in a room and that any given stranger has a decent odds of wishing you didn't exist isn't fun knowing that there are event attendees who do not believe you or people like you deserve to be safe or comfortable isn't any better not knowing what bigot you're going to run into around any corner makes moving about the event and agonizing experience and knowing that the event staff won't do much of anything to improve those conditions guess the trolls finally got to us huh proto magical girl doesn't deserve to feel unsafe or unwelcome at gdq or any other event for that matter but sometimes fears and anxiety aren't always well-founded in other words they're not always necessary so instead of someone like proto having to feel these unnecessary fears and anxiety all the time if they really are unnecessary then the solution would not be to police everyone around them and ban everyone who might upset them which is unrealistic and doesn't solve the core problem but rather find a way to overcome these fears to no longer have...
this anxiety and ultimately to be comfortable with themselves which proto and anyone else deserves to be and then you have this instance of a speedrunner named Clare's robin who demands that they be brought food via twitter i need food to elaborate i'm having a minor anxiety attack so assistance with getting dinner at the moment would be really appreciated i really need help with this I've been dealing with really bad emotional pain for so long and yesterday made it so much worse I just wanted to enjoy agdq controversial hot take care but if you have so much anxiety that you require assistance in order to get food and your only means of getting help is by tweeting about it then you probably shouldn't be at a speedrunning event you should be getting the help and therapy you deserve again I'm not saying that to be demeaning I genuinely mean it you should not have that much anxiety when it comes to getting food that that's not normal nobody GDQ our new mascot velocity does not have a gender it prefers the pronouns it slash them well I'm glad they cleared that up or else I might have used the wrong pronouns when addressing this Sonic fan fics some teenager just drew to be gdq's mascot hello yes not a very seedy dinosaur am I so out of touch no it's the children who were wrong moving on to summer

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2019 Speedrunner caleb hart that i referenced earlier returns to the spotlight but this time he falls victim to what appears to be a...
sexual assault accusation made against him in a now-deleted tweet by attendee nancy she states caleb grabbed multiple girls inappropriately last night including me and i'm about to go up and say something in response to this caleb replied i remember speaking to you for a total of two to three minutes with multiple people around me that can call out this as a lie i would love for you to present some sort of proof nancy later clarified that she didn't have proof but that she needed to know if anyone else felt unsafe kind of a vague reason to make such serious accusations although this random twitter user does make a good argument does caleb have proof that he didn't touch her ass hmm and then caleb does the most sensible thing here by deciding to stay very far away from unreasonable people it's like dude and I'm just not welcome and I get accused for sexual harassment when it never happened and bro there was a mess so if I don't go then I can't be accused of it I I think I'm pretty sure SpongeBob SquarePants battle for bikini bottom isn't the first game that comes to mind when considering speedrunning but streamer shift has helped carve out a niche community for this game he was actually set to attend sgdq 2019 but he was

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with short notice seemingly out of nowhere he soon realized that the ban actually came from a report issued by a longtime harasser doc sir and all-around bully of his which dug up a clip from the year prior in which...
shift used the f-word on street homophobic slurs Tom why what I have friends who got

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from - who actually said the word - and their gdq they can do runs this is straight up target harassment this is target harassment somebody like like found some clip of me saying something a year ago and sent to gdq and probably said like look at this guy this happened a year ago man you haven't a year ago and I took my punishment I learned my lesson I understand you can't use that word for anything anymore even if you don't mean it that way in a video explaining the entire situation from his own YouTube channel shift also makes a point to express remorse overuse of the word and he even discouraged his viewers from blaming gdq even though he believes they made the wrong decision by caving in to one bad-faith actor who reported him even after I did make this paste bin I did say on Twitter like you guys should not like treat them this way because again like it's being hypocritical if you want people to forgive me for something I did you have to forgive the other be willing to forgive them too after talking with shift regarding this series of events it seemed to me like he had already moved on from the

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organization as far as like my personal desires like to submit I don't really it doesn't really bother me you know like I've already

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the event once there are other speedrun events there are other great speedrun events and communities that...
like I can have a chance to be a part of now that I'm not like focused on getting the game into this event a second time you know it doesn't we already had our chance to show it you like it's not going to bring that much more our interest to the game if I do it again welcome everybody to awesome

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2020 this time around the pronouns of some speedrunners were featured alongside their names on the stream overlay to start off this show another one of the community's most beloved players trihex was retroactively Lea

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from participating in the event after he had already submitted his run because over two years ago in October 2018 he said you guessed it the dreaded f-word on his live stream somewhat mirroring the situation that shift found himself in trihex did write a lengthy apology post at the time but of course no one cares about apologies and no one is interested in forgiveness or self-improvement this might come as a shocker but in 2020 some gdq viewers were once again outraged a now viral tweet by lady Alexis called out Spanish speedrunner lolz bel hein who was participating in a final fantasy 8 speedrun because on his twitter bio it states that he hates remi nazism and because he supports a conservative economic policy obviously the only course of action is to ban them for 18 months which is exactly what happened immediately after lols bell hon completed his run Kotaku reported that the founder of gdq mike uyama himself actually pulled...
lulz to the side informing him of the ban due to his twitter bio which also contains some tongue-in-cheek pronouns and the gender distinction of demi non-binary being offended at that makes absolutely zero sense on one hand we're being told that the gender binary is arbitrary on the other hand if someone makes up a new gender distinction it's suddenly a problem I thought the whole point was that everyone can just make up their own gender lulz is just taking that to the extreme outcome for what it's worth lulz was reported to be a kind and caring person in real life even around non-binary and trans people maybe you shouldn't judge a person by their Twitter bio alone hey maybe the gates agree and finally at this event the most important issue within the speedrunning community was brought to light attention all agdq 2020 attendees you've been at agdq for just over 24 hours by this point you should have showered at least one time to maintain optimum hygiene one word above all else has grown to define the high pressure politically correct climate of

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I achieved a world record in April 2015 and I realized I could just submit for a gdq 2015 and see what happens and then of course it got accepted because it was a race among the top three 120 star players but as far as like my personal desires like to submit I don't really it doesn't really bother me you know my van was strictly that I'm not a ban issued by gdq means you can no longer...
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to be played and showcased by you the speed runner the speed runner who's put countless hours into perfecting a series of oftentimes extremely difficult tasks and maneuvers in a game which takes the finest precision and the most efficient strategies in order to overcome and on top of all of that each speed runner is competing with other players in their community in order to even submit a run worth watching a player has to be better than the vast majority of other players who haven't achieved the same world record time and yet after all of that a speed runner must submit not just the run but themselves to gdq is an organization that funnels viewers to speed runners each gdq stream gets well over a hundred thousand live viewers and for as long as their runs are each player gets a timeslot of that viewership if a sizable enough percent of viewers enjoy the speedrunners personality or their gameplay enough they will usually start to follow that streamer and be interested in their content it's a top down way to gain recognition on Twitch however by carving out a community of viewers on their own players like shift cheese trihex and even calebhart have built their own platform these streamers no longer need to submit to the authority of gdq and who knows maybe one day if they grow a community large enough these streamers won't even need twitch anymore shift explained to me how he had formed his own community and was looking forward to other future...
speedrunning events aside from gdq my speedrun community has kind of formed its own community really throughout the past like four years where like I mean all popular ski runs here right there are plenty of small events that you can go to um just look around you know like I'm personally this year my plans for speedrunning events are I'm gonna attend pace 2020 which is this it's a speedrunning event but it's not charity orient and it's more competitive oriented so it's like it would be like a tournament where you go and people will compete in races for prizes the speedrunning community continues to expand even outside the realm of gdq events like the european break the record live bring a new competition to the scene where on January 31st 2020 cheese broke his own world record for super mario 64 live earning a $10,000 bounty reward and yet commercially speaking

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events are still a massive success agdq 2020 pulled in over 200,000 live viewers and raised over three hundred million dollars for charity which is an admirable accomplishment despite their growing success though every new event seems to bring subsequent controversies scandals and questionable bands it seems like the gdq staff were much more interested in appeasing people who are outraged by potentially offensive jokes words or beliefs even the boundaries of what is not acceptable will only continue to expand GDQ continues to appease those people and that's not to say that no...
one should be punished or no bands should be issued but there should also be some responsibility on the part of the viewers to not get so outraged and so offended by everything they see or hear to not overblow every little joke or word into some big controversy the biggest tragedy in all of this is that by trying so hard to prevent anyone from being marginalized and even the slightest amount

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has left out some of the most outstanding players bonesaw shift and trihex all of whom embody the spirit of self-improvement kindness and a desire to really grow and change for the better as people instead of being held up as shining examples of players to look up to in the community that are instead punished and

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all for a couple words they might have said a few years ago that might have offended someone I also reached out to players cheese and shift for their thoughts on mental health and its impact on the

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community gaming in general not to sound like you know what the whole gamers rise up meme but like a lot of gaming is like people who are like kind of like outcasts or just like like you said lonely people who struggle with like you know mental health disorders and stuff like I mean I've struggled with depression in the past I've got I've gotten over it since felt like I feel like a lot of people who have like or very passionate about

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relate to stuff like that and you know like that's that's what the I guess like it makes the most sense for a company's trying to build an event that's all inclusive of not just types of people but types of

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I have a personal experience too of being having a lot of the I was having a depression it's used when I started speedrunning for the first year and a half of speedrunning I was still living in Trinidad and I was not enjoying living there anymore I could probably say please say I did not leave my house to hang out anywhere for the entire year and a half that I was speedrunning I lost my house to go and visit my my mother and their family and to play with my band when we have band practice that was the only time I went out I never left my house I would never go out for a walk I never left my house and Trinidad because I was I was depressed living there and I think that had a lot to do with me staying home practicing mario64 oh they probably had a lot to do why I got so good so fast because I did not want to do anything else and I just sat down and play it all day and but that made it worse you know that that made me feel more and more lonely felt more lazy and it made stuff worse what changed my life around was when I actually decided until my mom mom I want to move to Spain where my dad is and my uncle's because I can't do this anymore I'm even getting emotional thinking about it because that was a tough time but I made a decision to...
personally do something about it I moved to Spain started a lot in my life very differently and now I am by far the most happy I've ever been I wake up every day with something to do outside or just something to do in general somebody to talk to and I've never been this happy I know it's all because I made sedums to do everything instead of donating to cancer research

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would be better off donating to mental health organizations and setting up support systems for people struggling with anxiety and depression within their own community that to me seems like a better path forward than catering to what might be the outrage for someone saying the f-word two years ago or false sexual assault allegations or god forbid someone calling a demon boss a soy boy Wow