i went to watch hardcore mini-golf for the first time and didn’t realize haywood would be in it. and it like...hit me all over again how much content he ruined. how i’ll never be able to rewatch my favorite older videos or even watch relatively newer ones for the first time (stuff from 2018 to mid 2020 that i wasn’t interested in while they were airing).
of course ruining content is the LEAST of his crimes but sometimes i’ll feel like i’ve moved past his atrocious actions and betrayal and then im angry all over again. on that note, WHY are people still fucking posting fics with him in them? i see him for one second and i have to close the video?? how are people still able to think about him without wanting to puke? if you’re one of those people, please stop and think about why you still feel the need to do so.
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AH Stream Today + RH
Jack and Michael took some time to talk to us about the RH situation before switching to games during today’s livestream (10/14/20). I’m sure the vod will be up later, but i’ll sum it up as best I can
They will be purging their archives of content with Ryan in it. This is a massive undertaking but they support this idea and are working on it. Obviously this will make a significant dent in their video backlog.
They believe the victims completely. When it was first coming out, they didn’t want to, but it became clear that it wasn’t faked. Jack called Ryan a monster.
They will not be bringing up Ryan Haywood ever again. Do not expect more statements from them.
They’ve clearly been hit very hard by this. Jack had a constant warble to his voice and could barely start talking. Michael was a bit more composed but had clearly been crying a lot and was visibly affected.
Everyone in the AH office took the week off, and in some ways this wasn’t enough but they also want the distraction of making videos again. It may take some more adjusting.
There will be no Off Topic tomorrow; instead there will be a Zelda stream with Michael and Matt.
Geoff will not be making a statement. Jack’s been talking to him and he’s been hurting. Please do not contact Geoff about it.
Please do not harass Ryan’s family.
If you are attacking victims or AH or any others, or defending Ryan, because you don’t want to believe Ryan was bad or whatever, then they want you to move on. Leave people alone and don’t attack others. Ryan is gone and he’s not coming back, and ideally he will never surface again (Michael’s approximate words).
If you have any stories, now, then, or future, send them to email@example.com
In lighter news, Extra Life will be a whole week instead of a 24 hour stream due to COVID-19! November 7 thru November 14 during “normal” hours. There will be four poster variants (Jack showed one of the posters, it’s moonballs against a paint-splattered target with a cloud shaped like the extra life symbol in the sky. it’s screenprinted and very pretty!) I
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“If you are anything like me, all you’re doing is feeling like you, like you’re wishing that you’ll wake up at some point soon. That you’ll wake up and it was all a bad dream and it’s over. But that’s not going to happen. And you know, eventually that shock is going to wear off. It will. And then you’ll kind of have that acceptance...and then that’s when we can start to heal and move on.
One of the hardest things about this (...) there are a lot of things that people don’t know and people will never know. And that’s one of the things that is important to accept. There is a level of privacy and a level of professionalism (...) there will always be stuff that you don’t know. And that sucks, I know it sucks (...) but it’s just the way that that has to be, so you are just going to have to trust the people in AH, the people who like feel like we’ve lost a family member (...) what I’m asking is, you’re going to see a lot of people in AH saying things like they’re really hurt and feel like they’ve lost a family member. I think it’s important to remember we have our reasons for feeling this way. And there’s going to be a lot of people who try to argue with that...people who go ‘oh well how bad was it really? Was this really necessary?' I’m just letting you know, every single decision that’s been made was necessary. None of this has been easy. I’m just asking you in this time to trust us.”
- Jeremy Dooley on his stream (10/8/20)
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