Casters and streamers went with the strong decision of refusing to commentate or host the panel at the upcoming Chongqing Major if indeed TNC’s offlaner Carlo “Kuku” Palad will be denied entrance in China.
Kuku got himself and his entire team in trouble after he made a racist comment addressed to the Chinese people in a public match. The situation has blown all out of proportion when it was discovered that his initial apology and explanation for his choice of words was, in fact, an attempt made by the team manager to find a way out for Kuku, and that he basically lied.
Although the English broadcast talent list for the Major in China hasn’t even been officially announced yet, some of the people possibly invited to the event took on Twitter to announce their official position regarding the Kuku controversy. Their reaction comes to a series of Twitter posts from TNC who announced that after talking to the Major organizers, they learnt that neither Valve nor StarLadder are banning the player from attending the event. But at the same time, the TOs warned the organization that if they decided to come with the player at the Major, there are two possible consequences. He will either be denied entrance in China, or, in what is indeed a concerning and rather unexpected announcement, the city government will consider to actually shut down the event.
After talking to the organizers of the Chongqing Major, it was confirmed to us that the following may happen if Kuku will attend the Major:
1. He might not be able to enter the country
2. The city government will possibly cancel the tournament should he attend
— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) December 2, 2018
While Valve are still silent on this matter, even though the event is slated to commence on the 19th of January, it’s extremely unlikely to see a drastic decision being taken by the game developers. Some of the community members are pointing out that last year Valve rescinded the Major status for Galaxy Battles, and they are hoping this will be the case again. At same time, it seems like people refuse to see the larger picture and understand that it was one thing to cancel a Major in a season with 22 events in total, from which eight were Majors, but canceling a Major in a season with a total of five has a total different impact.
Today, Grant “GranDGranT” Harris, Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg and David “GoDz” Parke announced that they refuse to work for the event if Kuku doesn’t get to play in it. The esports veteran Paul “Redeye” Chaloner pointed out that this might not solve anything but nevertheless he agreed to join the others’ effort.
If kuku isn’t allowed to play at the major I refuse to cast officially for the major , we all make mistakes and 1 mistake should not forbid you from playing at a tournament that potentially decides your whole career
— Grant Harris (@GranDGranT) December 2, 2018
same 🙂 i'm not going to any valve event thats in china unless the ban is lifted or dpc is removed. Including TI9. https://t.co/cI8BKuWryL
— Henrik Ahnberg (@AdmiralBulldog) December 2, 2018
If history's anything to look at, actions speak louder than words.
Especially if teams support this decision too.
— David Parker | Godz (@BTSGoDz) December 2, 2018
With all due respect to these amazing people, their decision is just another example of an overreaction which is only fueling the fire without bringing any real solution. A true statement would have been made if the talent would have announced that they will decline any Valve event until Valve will make a more clear statement and enforce a rule when it comes down to players making racist remarks and comments.
It’s been a month since this drama started and the only words from those who can truly regulate their own pro circuit are “we will not tolerate racist language between pro players in any form.” In the meantime, the Chinese authorities, perhaps tipped by someone close to the Dota 2 scene, acted with the speed of light and, according to their own laws, took a decision. Kuku is far from being the most popular person being denied to enter the country. For instance, Justin Bieber was not allowed to perform in China after the government put his artistic performance under the “bad behaviour” tag. In 2015 Katy Perry has been banned from the country indefinitely after one of her creations became a symbol for the anti-Chinese Taiwanese protests.
The list of world wide artists and personalities being denied Chinese visa is longer than these just two examples and if several Dota 2 community members refuse or fail to research the whole political implications of an offensive behavior, then the fault is only theirs. It’s not Valve’s job to babysit the players and it’s not their job to overrule a country cultural and political customs.
I’d understand the initiative of boycotting an event if something utterly wrong would have happened and nobody would have noticed or cared about the possible implications. However, this is not the case. The boycott movement from today is not about raising awareness. By now everyone is beyond informed and well aware of all the implications of a racist remark. What is not clear, is what are the punishments for being racist in a Valve regulated circuit.
Today’s ray of hope comes from one of the Filipino hosts, Eri Neeman, who instead of overreacting, he is making an appeal to the SEA community.
Let's not prove everyone right by using this current issue as an excuse to be toxic towards the Chinese Community.
Let's also not generalize all of China to be against us.
There are many individuals from the Chinese Community helping TNC and are on their side.
— Eri Neeman (@erineeman) December 2, 2018
“Let’s not prove everyone right by using this current issue as an excuse to be toxic towards the Chinese Community. Let’s also not generalize all of China to be against us.
There are many individuals from the Chinese Community helping TNC and are on their side,” he posted on his twitter account while he also points out one of the most important aspects to take from this drama; “ this is a harsh reminder that attitude in-game and out of it matters.”