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Dr DisRespect
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Beahm at PUBG PGI Berlin 2018
Personal information
BornHerschel Beahm IV
(1982-03-10) March 10, 1982 (age 39)
NationalityAmerican
EducationCalifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Websitechampionsclub.gg
YouTube information
Also known asDr DisRespect, (the) Doc, (the) Two-Time back to back 1993 1994 blockbuster video game champion, 6 Foot 8 Great
Channel
Years active2010-present
Genre
Subscribers3.54 million[1]
(September 22, 2021)
Total views249.6 million[1]
(September 22, 2021)
Catchphrase(s)Violence. Speed. Momentum.
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2017
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2019
Twitch information
Channel
Years active2011–2020
GenreGaming

Herschel "Guy" Beahm IV, better known by his online alias Dr DisRespect, is an American video game streamer. Beahm had accumulated more than four million followers on Twitch,[2] and is best known for playing battle royale video games, such as H1Z1, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Black Ops 4: Blackout, Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.

In June 2020, Beahm was banned from Twitch for unexplained reasons and his channel was removed from the site.[3][4][5] Sources have reported that the ban is permanent.[3][6] He returned to streaming in August 2020 on YouTube with a total peak of more than 510,000 concurrent viewers.[7]

Career and personal life[edit]

Beahm graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2005, where he played NCAA Division II basketball.[8][9]

Beahm's first video was posted on January 11, 2010, showing gameplay of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He was featured in multiple videos for the gaming channel Machinima, mostly playing Call of Duty. Beahm went inactive from YouTube in late 2011 and did not release any content for nearly five years.

On March 16, 2011, Beahm was appointed as the community manager of Sledgehammer Games.[10] He was promoted to level designer and helped create many of the multiplayer maps for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.[11] Beahm joined Justin.tv (now Twitch) while he was working at Sledgehammer. He quit Sledgehammer in 2015 to focus on a full-time streaming career.[12]

Beahm gained a following from playing battle royale games, starting with H1Z1 before switching to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and then moving on to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.[13] In December 2017, he took a two-month hiatus from streaming to tend to his relationship with his wife, after having admitted to being unfaithful to her.[14] Beahm and his wife have a daughter.[15] He returned on February 5, 2018, with a total peak of 388,000 concurrent viewers, just shy of beating Tyler1's record of 410,000.[16][17][18][19] His popularity has led to sponsorship deals with Gillette, ASUS, Roccat and Game Fuel.[20]

According to Beahm, on September 11, 2018, an unknown person shot at his house with a BB gun and hit an upstairs window. This was reportedly the second time that someone shot at his house.[21][22]

On January 10, 2019, Creative Artists Agency signed Beahm as a client.[20]

Beahm signed a multi-year deal with Twitch in March 2020.[23]

On August 17, 2020, Beahm announced that he was writing a personal memoir called Violence. Speed. Momentum. This book was released to the public on March 30, 2021.[24]

Streaming persona[edit]

Beahm's on-stream persona is usually ruthless, quick-witted, and bombastic.[25] He is often regarded as an entertainer in the streaming industry, rather than a "professional gamer." ESPN describes him as "a WWE character in the competitive gaming world", and he himself has said "I created a character who plays multiplayer video games, and he's considered the most dominating gaming specimen."[26]

When playing the Dr Disrespect character, Beahm wears a black mullet wig, sunglasses, a red or black long-sleeved athletic moisture-wicking shirt, and a red or black tactical vest. He sports a mustache he has named "Slick Daddy" aka "The Poisonous Ethiopian Caterpillar".[27]

Controversies[edit]

E3 bathroom filming incident[edit]

On June 11, 2019, Beahm's DrDisrespect Twitch channel was suspended as he was livestreaming while attending the 2019 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, California. Beahm and his cameraman went into a public restroom (Beahm re-entered the bathroom on two occasions, with filming still going on) at the venue in violation of Twitch's privacy rules and privacy laws in the California Penal Code.[28][29] In addition, E3 organizer Entertainment Software Association revoked Beahm's E3 pass, banning him from the event.[28][30] Twitch reinstated the DrDisrespect channel on June 25.[31][32]

Racism accusation[edit]

Musician Jimmy Wong compiled a series of clips in which Beahm caricatures Chinese accents and language and accused him of racism. In response, Beahm claimed that some of his best friends are Asian and called the criticism "laughable".[33]

Coronavirus conspiracy theories[edit]

During a stream[when?], Dr Disrespect shared two pieces of questionable coronavirus-related media, which cited rebutted analysis and 5G conspiracy. Neither during the stream nor afterwards did he distance himself, or the persona, from the positive attitude shown to these pieces. The gaming blog Kotaku commented:

"Time and time again, he's acted with reckless irresponsibility while streaming […] He constantly walks a line between comedy and outright toxicity, never very carefully."[34]

Permanent ban from Twitch[edit]

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Dr Disrespect Twitter
@drdisrespect

Champions Club,
Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision... Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time.
-Dr Disrespect

June 27, 2020[35]

On June 26, 2020, the DrDisRespect Twitch account was banned from Twitch. Twitch's official statement on the ban said "As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community".[36] No specific details have been released. On June 27, Beahm tweeted that he had not yet been informed on the exact reason for the ban.[35] On July 16, 20 days after he was banned, he broke his silence and was interviewed by PC Gamer and The Washington Post; insisting that he still does not know why Twitch banned him from the platform, that his contracts were still in good standing, debunks any "crazy speculation" or theory that developed and is focusing on his upcoming "Doc 3.0" personality.[37][38]

On August 6, after 42 days without streaming, he tweeted a link to his YouTube channel with the caption "Tomorrow, we arrive."[39] He went live on YouTube at the same time, but the stream only showed a looping video of a custom Champions Club gas station. He also confirmed that he would show up on stream at 12:00PM PT on the following day.[40][41] On August 7, DrDisrespect returned to his stream at 1 pm PDT. The reason for his ban has yet to be announced.[42]

On August 23, 2021, DrDisrespect revealed that he has known "for months" the reason for his ban and his intentions to litigate due to suggested major damages.[43]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2017 Esports Industry Awards Streamer of the Year Won [44]
The Game Awards Trending Gamer Won [45]
2019 Esports Industry Awards Streamer of the Year Won [46]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "drdisrespect's Live follower count / realtime analytics". Social Blade. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Thier, Dave (June 26, 2020). "Report: Dr. Disrespect Permanently Banned From Twitch". Forbes. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Chalk, Andy (June 26, 2020). "Dr Disrespect has been suspended from Twitch for some reason". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  5. ^ McWhertor, Michael (June 26, 2020). "Twitch bans popular streamer Dr Disrespect". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Sheehan, Gavin (June 26, 2020). "Dr Disrespect Reported To Be Permanently Banned From Twitch". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Hale, James (2020). "Half A Million People Watched Dr. DisRespect's First Post-Permaban Live Stream On YouTube". TubeFilter.
  8. ^ "National Collegiate Winter Championships" (PDF). NCAA.org. November 1, 2003. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Season Schedule/Results & Leaders (2003-04)". broncoathletics.com. Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Sledgehammer Games (March 16, 2011). "Sledgehammer Games welcomes new Community Manager, Guy Beahm". Sledgehammer Games. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Call of Duty (November 4, 2014). "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" (PDF). Call of Duty. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Cusick, Taylor (March 5, 2019). "Everything you need to know about DrDisRespect – Who is the man behind the violence, speed, and momentum?". dotesports.com. Gamurs.
  13. ^ Wright, Steven T. (February 26, 2018). "Twitch's Most Notorious Champion Opens Up About Family, Fame". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 27, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Alexander, Julia (January 20, 2018). "Popular streamer DrDisrespect will return to Twitch in early February". Polygon. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Barth, Nicholas (September 11, 2018). "Dr DisRespect House Shot At During Twitch Stream". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "Tyler1 hits 400k+ viewers on Twitch". RealSport. January 9, 2018.
  17. ^ Their, Dave (February 6, 2018). "DrDisrespect's Record-Breaking Stream Shows That Twitch Loves A Comeback Story". Forbes. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  18. ^ Alexander, Julia (February 6, 2018). "Dr. DisRespect sets huge new Twitch streaming record, beating Tyler1". Polygon. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  19. ^ Partin, Will (February 12, 2018). "The return of Dr Disrespect and the struggle for 'authenticity'". PC Gamer. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  20. ^ a b "CAA Signs Twitch Streamer DrDisrespect (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  21. ^ DrDisrespect (September 11, 2018). "DOCS HOUSE GETS SHOT". Twitch. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  22. ^ Winkley, Lyndsay (September 11, 2018). "Encinitas home of famous online gamer 'DrDisRespect' shot at with BB gun". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  23. ^ Shanley, Patrick (March 12, 2020). "Streamer Dr Disrespect Signs Multiyear Deal to Stay on Twitch". The Hollywood Reporter.
  24. ^ Lyles, Taylor (August 17, 2020). "Dr Disrespect is writing a memoir, and here's hoping for mullet tips". The Verge. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  25. ^ Smith, Noah (July 16, 2020). "Dr Disrespect is speaking again". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  26. ^ Kwilinski, Darin (November 11, 2017). "The Doc will see you now -- meet the mind behind Dr DisRespect". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  27. ^ Yohan, Dashran (October 3, 2017). "The 'Face of Twitch' Cries Meeting Fan During Stream". screenrant.com. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  28. ^ a b Grayson, Nathan (June 11, 2019). "Dr Disrespect Streams Inside An E3 Bathroom, Gets Banned From Twitch". Kotaku. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  29. ^ Kane, Alex (June 11, 2019). "Twitch Bans 'Dr. DisRespect' After He Livestreams From an E3 Bathroom". Variety. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  30. ^ Goslin, Austin (June 12, 2019). "Dr. Disrespect was banned from E3 for streaming inside a bathroom". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  31. ^ D'Anastasio, Cecillia (June 26, 2019). "Two Weeks After Suspending Dr. Disrespect For Livestreaming In Bathroom, Twitch Restores His Channel". Kotaku. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  32. ^ Lawver, Bryan (June 27, 2019). "Dr. Disrespect's Twitch Channel is Back After E3 Ban". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  33. ^ Gach, Ethan (February 8, 2018). "Dr Disrespect Calls Criticism Of His Mock Chinese Accent "Laughable"". Kotaku. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  34. ^ Gach, Ethan (May 1, 2020). "Dr Disrespect's Shtick Takes A Dangerous Turn Into Spreading Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories". Kotaku. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  35. ^ a b Herschel "Guy" Beahm IV [@drdisrespect] (June 27, 2020). "Champions Club, Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision... Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time. -Dr Disrespect" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 28, 2020. Retrieved June 27, 2020 – via Twitter.
  36. ^ Liao, Shannon [@Shannon_Liao] (June 27, 2020). "Twitch's statement on @drdisrespect ban: "As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community."" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  37. ^ Interview: Dr Disrespect talks about his Twitch ban, the rumors, and his future
  38. ^ Dr Disrespect is speaking again
  39. ^ Beahm IV, Herschel [@drdisrespect] (August 6, 2020). "Tomorrow, we arrive" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 7, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2020 – via Twitter.
  40. ^ Thier, Dave. "Dr. Disrespect Returns To Streaming In A New Place". Forbes. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  41. ^ Stephen, Bijan (August 6, 2020). "Dr Disrespect officially returns to streaming". The Verge. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  42. ^ Tassi, Paul (August 8, 2020). "Dr Disrespect Gives Statement On Twitch Ban During His YouTube Return Stream". Forbes. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  43. ^ Disresepct, Doctor. "LIVE - VIDEO GAME MASTER - Warzone, Apex Legends, Sega 32x". YouTube. Doctor Disrespect. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  44. ^ "ESports Industry Awards 2017 – Full List of Winners". Inquirer. November 15, 2017.
  45. ^ Faulkner, Jason (December 7, 2017). "The Game Awards 2017 Winners: All Categories and Nominees". Game Revolution. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  46. ^ "The 2019 Esports Awards winners". November 17, 2019.

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