It's been almost two months since people discovered Ben's twitters history where in the span of 3 years he made lots of inappropriate sexual comments to a minor, Jacob Sartorius, who is a child internet celebrity. Which included Ben retweeting his shirtless pics, and even meeting him in real life and taking a selfie with him. Jacob was 14 when he started doing it, and continued doing it until he was 17. It's extremely gross and borderline predatory. Arin was made aware of this, and he said that he dealt with it. Yet we're still here almost two months later and Ben is still apparently working for them and it's clear they're just trying to sweep the issue under the rug. Maybe Arin doesn't want to fire him because it would make him jobless during the pandemic, maybe he doesn't want to fire him because his Mom died recently. But at the end of the day, Ben still needs to be held accountable. And we see no signs of that actually happening now.
In the middle of all this, I am actually amazed that a community that constantly preaches "positivity" and "wholesomeness" is filled with people who are seemingly ok with Ben's borderline predatory behavior. I know a lot of people who will defend Game Grumps to their death bed, but THIS is not a time where you should be blindly forgiving of anything they do wrong. Ben's twitter history is just flat out creepy. I could see how someone could argue that those tweets don't automatically make him a pedophile, but the creepy tweets still exist and they're still disgusting. The fact that there are people who are blindly defending a potential pedophile is just... astonishing.
Common defenses I see are:
"It's not a big deal!"
If you think a grown ass man sexualizing and harassing a child on Twitter isn't a big deal, then I question what kind of person you really are.
"He was just making edgy jokes!"
No. A joke doesn't involved making sexual comments to a real life child over the course of three years. If it was once or twice then sure, you could pass it off as just being edgy. Arin and Dan have both made jokes like that before and nobody made a big deal out of it because it was clearly just a joke. It goes beyond being a joke when you repeatedly target a minor with sexual comments for years. There is no humor in that whatsoever.
"Just let Arin deal with it and mind your own business!"
It's become clear that Arin isn't dealing with it. I was relieved when he said on stream that he WAS dealing with it because I don't know about you, but ever since this has come out I've felt gross watching Game Grumps knowing that a creep like Ben is involved. But Ben is still there. He's being credited as their editor. And that is absolutely not ok after what came out about him.
"You're just mad because he made bad thumbnails"
People were shitting on him for his cringey thumbnails, for sure. But this argument is one of the worst that I've repeatedly seen parroted in this subreddit. If you genuinely think people who don't like his thumbnails are only mad at Ben's creepy behavior because of them, you're just reaching for excuses to defend him.
I know this is a long post, but my god. It's just mind blowing that people will do whatever they can to defend him and act like he wasn't in the wrong here even though everyone saw the tweets he made. These people are problematic because they're helping Ben escape from this without being held accountable. I'm not sure if that's actually what their goal is, but yall need to stop and realize that his behavior was not ok and the Grumps should not be associated with him.