Brendon Urie is being criticised over Twitch stream comments
4 March 2020, 16:08
Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie is coming under fire over what he said in a new Twitch livestream.
Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie is facing backlash over remarks he made about Puerto Rican people in a new livestream.
Last week (Feb 25), Brendon Urie took to Twitch to go live with his fans. During the livestream, Brendon performed on guitar, played Fortnite and responded to various comments from fans. However, within the video, the Panic! At the Disco frontman also laughed at and repeated some comments, by comedian Michael Lopriore, about "ratchet ass Puerto Rican names".
Following Brendon's video, people have taken to Twitter to accuse him of being "racist" and call him out for what he said.
In a clip that has gone viral on social media, Brendon can be heard saying: "You ratchet ass hoes. I was trynna come up with names for y'all." He then goes on to say: "It was like Aquaniva and Delanise or some shit. That was your ratchet ass Puerto Rican names bro. That was so funny dude. You were killing me last night. That was great."
For context, Brendon was referencing a video which Puerto Rican comedian Michael Lopriore made in which he makes fun of Puerto Rican women. Brendon brought it up because Michael commented on his Twitch video. Nevertheless, fans took issue with Brendon, a white man, laughing about: "ratchet ass Puerto Rican names".
One person tweeted: "brendon urie insulting puerto-ricans on his livestream AGAIN shows he's a racist bigot and has not changed. he's not better now, he does these awful things over and over. if you think this stuff is okay, fuck you." Another added: "brendon urie being problematic again. wow i regret ever stanning that man."
Other fans were keen to point out that Brendon Urie's comments were taken out of context and defend him. Someone wrote: "This is to everyone who’s trying to cancel brendon urie for being “racist.” He wasn’t, he was talking about a joke two comedians performed. You can even see him in the chat."
anyway time to stop censoring his name. brendon urie insulting puerto-ricans on his livestream AGAIN shows he's a racist bigot and has not changed. he's not "better now", he does these awful things over and over. if you think this stuff is okay, fuck you.— blood kink apologist (@comphetcrushes) February 25, 2020
the difference between me and brendon urie is that im not thirty years old AND racist ... mf needs to pick a struggle pic.twitter.com/Q3lezOCnAN— xavier (@whorePKG) February 26, 2020
brendon urie being problematic again,,,, wow i regret ever stanning that man— casey (@MOTOP0P) February 26, 2020
brendon urie was racist on main again.....mamma mia— red (blood kink apologist) (@penceypr3pp) February 25, 2020
btw i dont think brendon is racist he’s just dumb and im tired of his dumb ass saying shit like this every month and then apologizing and then doing it again and making it a cycle, you either grow or not there’s not an in-between— ceo of venezuela (@uriexswift) February 26, 2020
do i think Brendon is racist? no. do i think this comment is highly offensive and should’ve never been said? fuck yes. this is so... i don’t even have any words. and i have been a fan of him for most of my life..— 욱! haleema (@petalsfortaegi) February 26, 2020
This is to everyone who’s trying to cancel brendon urie for being “racist.” He wasn’t, he was talking about a joke two comedians performed. You can even see him in the chat. The joke was harmless too, so stop taking things out of context and do your research. 💀 pic.twitter.com/v5DRT7Yt3m— Sarah brown (@sarahnvrsmiles) February 29, 2020
it’s literally just another case of something happening out of context and twitter running with it. https://t.co/wLllUGIXYi— 𝓂✧ (@naranpanic) February 26, 2020
Obviously the clip itself is alarming out of context and, while we doubt that Brendon meant any harm at all by his comments, it's understandable that people have taken issues with them.