YouTuber Colin Moriarty has stepped down Kinda Funny – a popular group he co-founded in 2015 – ‘effective immediately’.
This announcement comes on the heels of – but is not necessarily related to – a tweet Moriarty posted on International Women’s Day last week, which caused some offence (see below).
Days later, Moriarty announced through his Facebook page that it was time to move on from Kinda Funny which, for those who don’t know, is a network of online gaming shows which Moriarty co-hosts with a team of three other presenters.
The former IGN writer said:
It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my resignation from Kinda Funny, effective immediately. This morning, the guys and I had a constructive conversation, and feel that, with our separate visions for the future and for the direction of the company, it’s time to go our separate ways. I want to be clear that this was my decision. Just as we collaborated as friends, so too do we part. I hope you continue to support them. I simply want to reconnect with what’s most important to me. Politics, history, philosophy. Reading books. Talking about things I feel are most impactful and essential for a person like me.
While Moriarty has always been known for his right wing views – even popping up on a few right-wing and conservative outlets to talk politics – his women’s day Tweet really seemed to draw ire from not just fans, but former IGN colleagues and current Kinda Funny collaborators.
Is this really the person you want to be?
— Justin Davis (@ErrorJustin) March 8, 2017
These are absolutely not the fans I want.
— Tim Gettys (@TimGettys) March 8, 2017
The irony of this tweet is that not only do you work with no women, you work with some of the loudest men on earth.
— Brian Altano (@agentbizzle) March 8, 2017
Moriarty’s friend and business partner Greg Miller then tweeted a rather long apology on behalf of Moriarty, which you can see in full here.
In essence, it summed up that he found the joke to be in ‘poor taste’, and that Moriarty would not be attending last weekend’s PAX East, where the rest of the Kinda Funny team appeared.
Miller then addressed the situation and the split once more on a Twitch morning show, where he reiterated that the whole thing was a mutual decision. In fact, he expressly confirmed that Moriarty’s departure was not because of the tweet.
We’re super sad. We had a long conversation today. The long and short of it is, we’ve been moving in two directions for a long time. There’s no hurt feelings; we’re not mad at him, he’s not mad at us. We’re just going in two completely opposite directions in terms of what we want to do and that’s OK. The tweet and the whole exchange last week, while upsetting, obviously, [Colin’s resignation] is not because of that. That is a symptom, if not the most public expression, that there was something happening in terms of us growing apart.
Moriarty, meanwhile, has confirmed that new opportunities are already popping up for him, and has promised that we haven’t heard the last of him just yet.