The Brazilian branch of Razer, the video gaming accessory maker, has announced that it will terminate a contract with a female influencer over comments she made regarding sexual harassment that she received.
According to a TwitLonger post (first translated by Google and then later confirmed by a Portuguese speaker working with the Daily Dot) made by influencer Gabi Cattuzzo, the incident began when a comment made during a stream of hers from about two years ago recently went viral.
Man is trash and those who are not, are exceptions, Cattuzzo wrote in her post, referencing the comment from 2017. In her post, Cattuzzo goes on to explain that her original comment was made in response to a male follower lewdly commenting on her body.
My intention with this phrase was: Whenever I put something in which I leave 1% of a gap to be made a bad joke, a lot of men go there and do it. 90% of the comments are usually made by men If you do not go there and make a joke, congratulations, you are the exception and I thank you for that, Cattuzzo writes. The intention was never to be [misandrist], much less to curse ALL the men (even because, I said that there were exceptions). Please understand: I post pictures every day, and every day most of the comments are offensive or sexualizing something that neither has how to be sexualized (sic). There are [a] few men who comment on interesting things or non-offensive comments here on Twitter (and for these people I am grateful, are the exceptions that save my day). I do not usually respond to the person when [they] put something offensive, I just ignore or block and I follow life. But in that case and on that day, I burst and made the unfortunate comment, which was interpreted even more unhappily by many.
Cattuzzo continues by expressing additional regret over the comment, saying she personally apologized to an individual who posted a clip of her comment. On her Twitter account, Cattuzzo has stated that she wont apologize for fighting back against harassment.
J que vocs esto com dificuldades de encontrar o tweet, eu fao outro:
Reagi de forma grosseira com o rapaz que fez uma piada de mal gosto e acabei xingando muita gente no processo, e me desculpo por isso.
No me desculpo por ter me defendido.
Sempre vou me defender.
— Gabi (@gabicattuzzo) June 22, 2019
In a tweet posted Monday, the official Razer Brazil Twitter account released a statement on the situation.
— R Z R