Probably a unpopular opinion but hey here goes nothing. (I'm not the best at putting what i think down in writing due to being severely dyslexic so forgiver the grammar.)
To me the "statements" from ETF2l and other sites seem top be forgetting what the TF2 comp scene is. Its a community league run almost entirely on volunteers and kept alive by people loving the game.
Harassment and what counts as harassment has, to me anyway lost, its meaning this day and age. The internet is a shitty place and I know of incidents in my years with TF2 that are much worse than being insulted on twitter.
I'll give you a brief example:
I'n 2011 Brevick killed hundreds of Norwegians kids I played in a team with two Norwegians who personally knew kids who had died and lost friends. During a PCW an entire team made fun and insulted the whole situation causing my friends on the team to be visibly upset. This was a bunch of edgy Swedish kids being cunts and do you know what happened after?
We made a post about it and the entire community black listed them from playing. No one scrimmed them and they left the game shortly after. As a whole the community is full of normal people who when they see something awful they make a stand against it.
If people are awful and the community finds out we don't just do nothing we don't play them. This is how its always been.
Why are we treating this situation like a politician or famous person with millions of followers made these comments.Lets not forgot what and who these guys are. Teenagers playing TF2 before they have to do something productive later on making edgy unfunny jokes at other peoples expense.
Ban the guys black list them from playing sure but why make it out like we are "taking a stance" on harassment? All we have done now is make every case of shit talk that for years and years would just be shrugged off now a possible fine and ban?
Uberchain if you are reading this the stuff that you talked about is awful and anyone who knows me personally knows that sexual harassment and assault is something I take very seriously. But I think the dumb comments made on twitter by some kids aren't the focus here or at-least what you intended with the post. I think this has all derailed and taken away from what you wanted to say.
I have left the game and i guess none of this really effects me anymore but seeing ETF2L try and act like something it has never been made me want to post this.