Kyle “Blurz” Olinski, the YouTuber who sent rape threats, speaks out

You may remember back in late July when Kyle “Blurz” Olinksi suddenly became famous for sending crude, violent and threatening messages to a young lady.  These messages made it into the public eye and were met with a massive outrage not only in the gaming community but also on mainstream media sites.

Kyle Olinski then lawyered up and managed to get most of the information taken down and then went to ground. We have since heard nothing from him. Until now. So let’s see what his version of the events are with this 11-minute video entitled “the truth behind the hype”

Obviously, to avoid a takedown notice from his lawyer (again) we will only discuss what Kyle Olinski himself has put up for public viewing.

First up, notice the total lack of apology in the title. Threatening someone with rape then getting blasted in the media is not hype Kyle. It’s news and while they say no news is bad news, having the allegations that were levelled against you is bad – especially in this hyperconnected day and age where your name will forever be linked to this incident.

Next, the description of the video is asking us not to comment before watching the entire video. As such I won’t comment, I will scribble this in a stream of consciousness while I watch the video  and see where we end up.

One second in and this already looks weird. He starts off by saying his name is Kyle Olinski, better known as Blurz – but look at the top right corner. That’s not something we see every day.

Now I’ve been sued enough to know that “{Without Prejudice” is a legal statement that you normally see on legal letters the definition of which can be found here:

Law phrase: Without abandonment of a claim, privilege, or right, and without implying an admission of liability.
(1) When used in a document or letter, without prejudice means that what follows (a) cannot be used as evidence in a court case, (b) cannot be taken as the signatory’s last word on the subject matter, and (c) cannot be used as a precedent. Contents of such documents normally cannot be disclosed to the courts but, when a party proposes to settle a dispute out-of-court, it is the genuineness of the effort that determines whether the proposal can disclosed or not, and not whether the words without prejudice were used.

Whether a public video can really be without prejudice is something for lawyers to argue, but the fact that his video has obviously been passed via the family lawyer should make viewers sit up and take notice.

(0:29) Apparently he inappropriately messaged two girls on Instagram and not the single girl that we knew about. I wonder why he’s telling us about the second girl since no one reported about her? Also apparently these messages weren’t done in a public way. Well, yes we know that, Kyle. That doesn’t make it acceptable.

(1:01) He admits the messages were inappropriate but is saying they were done under the auspices of dark humour.

(1:07) Apparently, it was all a joke and nothing but harmless banter.  The first girl apparently got the joke and I guess that’s why he’s bringing her up. The second one didn’t get it and that is when the media perceived it to be “bad” (his air quotes). He also agrees that in some form of way it was bad to send the messages. “Some form”? Threatening to physically rape someone is not some form of way, Kyle.

And no, trying to explain it away as dark humour is utter tripe. I thought your pigeon joke was funny in a grim sort of way but how do you not recognise the difference in offensive/dark humour and threatening someone?

(1:35) WOW, wait what? There were actually three of them who harassed this poor lady. Kyle Olinski and two of his mates sent her their “dark humour” on Instagram. I’m no legal expert but ganging up and bullying the lady doesn’t sound like banter to me. He also wasn’t aware that he hurt the lady until her uncle messaged him. If I was the uncle involved you’d be getting a lot more than a Facebook message.

(1:52) He apparently apologised to her immediately. In the 2 months since this has been going on this is the first time he, or his lawyer, has admitted that he was wrong and that he apologised. That’s something.

So many jump cuts in this video.

He’s trying to explain dark humour again. Oh shame he’s brought his mom into it. She must have been mortified about what her son has done. I do feel for her. As a parent I hope I don’t get to experience what she’s going through.

(3:28) Holy shit… apparently the media described him as a stalker but he didn’t actually know either of the girls. Do you realise how wrong that is Kyle? You have just admitted to sending rape threats to strangers. what is wrong with you?  The dictionary definition of a stalker is

“a person who harasses or persecutes someone with unwanted and obsessive attention.”

You literally harassed someone with unwanted attention.  He then goes on to say he knew nothing about them but just found their profiles and sent them the messages. That is massively wrong, Kyle.

(3:57)”When she blocked me I didn’t carry on messaging her.” Yes, that’s how blocking works Kyle. This is not a defence.

He’s now trying to say it’s bad that we got the photos. She sent her pictures to a WhatsApp group that was designed to help protect women from things like this. Someone in this group then sent it to [CENSORED] and now he’s trying to say he never gave her permission to send it and he didn’t give consent.

You see this is the thing, Kyle. The ladies you harassed didn’t give you consent to harass them randomly. This has obviously been written by a lawyer to protect their client and I won’t get into the legalities of it, but if you threaten someone at random and they then share this threat I don’t personally believe you have a legal stump to stand on.

Holy hell, now he’s attacking the WhatsApp group because he thinks they are doing things worse than him. Because they didn’t ask his opinion. What is this world?

(6:44) Now he’s warning ladies that he’s not the only guy in the gaming scene that speaks like this.

Let’s take a side step here. My 13-year-old daughter was inappropriately preyed upon by a member of the gaming scene earlier this year, who was over 30. The fact that scumbags exist in the gaming community is absolutely no excuse to act this way. It is not a defence. Some in the local gaming scene are disgusting pigs who need some serious re-education. It is 100% unacceptable to speak to women – or anyone – the way you did, Kyle Olinski. It is 100% not acceptable to say disgusting things like this in public gaming groups or online. The fact that so many scumbags hide their racist, misogynistic asses behind online anonymity is no excuse to continue it. I am in no way saying Kyle is racist before someone sues me. But we all know racism is a problem in every local community and it needs to be stamped out.

If we truly want gaming to be taken seriously in this country people like this need to be ostracised from the community.

(9:00) He says he’s learnt his lesson. He obviously has not.

(9:57) He apologises to everyone but he’s going to keep making Youtube videos and wants us to support him.

Okay and that’s it. 11 minutes of proof that he has not truly grasped what he has done and has obviously not learnt his lesson.  I fully stand by Sam Wright’s tweet. If any brand or company supports Kyle Olinski you will not be welcome on this website or in my life in any way.

To Kyle Olinski and his supporters: You are living in an echo chamber where you think what you have done is acceptable because everyone is doing it. It is never acceptable to threaten to rape someone. Not only is it morally reprehensible but in South Africa, the threat of rape – and not only the act itself – is a crime. If you had done this to my daughter I 100% would have ensured you have a criminal record. You dodged one hell of a bullet with the girl’s family letting you get away with this.

To the two ladies involved: I urge you to reconsider your stance. Kyle Olinski has not learnt his lesson and I urge you to lay charges. The gaming industry is not only populated with Kyle and his ilk. There are millions of us who truly do respect people and play games for fun. Do not allow people to ever speak to you like that, report them when they do and if you ever need support we are here to help in every way possible.

To Kyle’s parents: I do not blame you at all for what Kyle did. I do not blame you for hiring lawyers to try to protect him. I would do the same for my children. However, I urge you to look at the video he posted and notice that not only did he not take responsibility for what he has done but he also went out and attacked a group that is put together to defend women. That is not acceptable. Kyle has not learnt his lesson – and as a parent, I would be taking away his access to stream, record and play games until he has truly accepted responsibility for his actions.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: October 2, 2017

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