Hardware manufacturer Razer Brazil has dropped its partnership influencer Gabriela Cattuzzo after saying that “men are trash”.
Cattuzzo’s comments came after a lengthy discussion about the sexual harassment she was experiencing from her male fanbase. Just last week, Cattuzzo tweeted out a photo of her riding a mechanical bull. “You can ride me as much as you want,” said one commenter.
“There’s always an a-hole to say sh- and sexualize women, even when the woman is making a joke, right? That’s why men are trash.” Cattuzzo rightfully responded. Her tweets have since been deleted, but the original offensive response is still available to see, albeit in Portuguese.
Cattuzzo has since apologised to her (rightful) outburst: “I reacted in a rude way to the guy who made a tasteless joke, and I ended up offending a lot of people in the process, and I apologise for this,” she wrote. “I do not apologise for having defended myself. I will always defend myself.”
While Gabriela Cattuzzo’s apology was swift and blanketing to the situation, Razer Brazil decided to distance themselves from her. The Brazillian PR section announced that it would not be renewing their contract with the influencer.
“Razer Brazil reinforces that the opinion of its influencers does not reflect, necessarily, the opinion of the business, which is totally against any type of discrimination be it of sex, religion, political party of whatever type of intolerance and extremism,” the company announced on Twitter. “We have been since the beginning, as gamers, confronted with all types of preconceptions and stereotypes, and we will continue to fight so that this type of situation won’t repeat itself.”
Cattuzzo has since taken to social media again to further apologise and announce her break from social media and streaming due to a flood of death threats to herself, her family and her friends.
“The intention was never to be a misandrist and much less to insult ALL men (because as I said, there are exceptions),” Cattuzzo tweeted. “Please understand: I post photos every day, and every day the majority of the comments are offensive or sexualising something that doesn’t have to be sexuality. The men who comment with interesting things or non-offensive comments here on Twitter are few (and for these people I am thankful, they are the exceptions that redeem my day).”