Sometimes it feels like we’re all doomed, but then you meet a young person who gives you hope for future generations. Yes, this particular kid is 12 years old and playing Warzone, but we must respect the concentration. He’s not only playing the popular video game, he’s trying to reason with other gamers about their homophobia while he’s doing it.
This original video was posted by his sibling under their TikTok account @bummblebeeduo__ and then got shared on Twitter by @davenewworld_2, where it went super viral. In the TikTok, the kid is sitting next to a bottle of Gatorade (which is key while gaming) and talking to someone we can’t hear—it seems like it’s someone who said something pretty homophobic while they were playing, and this kid will not let it go:
“You don’t support LGBT people?” he asks, before explaining the moniker isn’t just for gay people, but lesbians and trans people as well. Surprise surprise, the homophobe he’s chatting with is also transphobic, and once again this pre-teen tries to reason with them.
It seems like whoever is on the other line gets sick of the subject and says something about not caring, because the boy replies, “I DO care,” and continues the conversation.
Since blowing up, the kids have started a fundraiser for LGBTQ charities, and they’re getting a lot of support:
On Twitter, where everyone is decidedly less pure of heart, the boy is getting a lot of criticism for playing Warzone at all or for playing it badly, depending on their perspective.
Though for many, this is an inspiring moment that shows there actually is progress in the newer generations and they admire the young man for standing up for what he believes, especially in an online game which are notorious for offensive harassment:
Hey, the kids are all right.