Hex Haywire has apologised to fans after a clip of the Nijisanji XSOLEIL star perpetuating negative stereotypes of LGBT relationships went viral on Twitter. The star is also going on break following the incident but has assured fans the two events are not correlated.
During his April 9 stream, with Hex roleplaying a “yandere” partner, he stated “women suffer enough… you can get cute kisses from a girl” before adding “but other men, you have to talk about that.” Some fans saw this as a fetishization of lesbian relationships.
“I know during that yandere roleplay stream I was saying a lot of stupid sh*t, and I didn’t mean so much of it,” he stated five days later before going on break.
“To be honest, when I saw the clip that was circulating, I was really confused. It’s something I’ve heard before, multiple times, so it came off to me as something somewhat normalized, and I think my brain was being somewhat stupid.
“I looked into the topic myself, and I read about it, and I understand why nonchalant comments like that, that we’ve all heard, can be hurtful. I’m sorry for perpetuating detrimental archetypes like that unknowingly.”
“I know this is a bit of a 180, but now I understand why I shouldn’t say some of these things and I won’t do so in the future.”
It’s not the first time Hex’s on-stream conduct has gotten him in trouble. The Nijisanji star was previously criticized for opening up Streamlabs donations for fans to “vent” in. This was seen as monetizing therapy from the VTuber, who is an in-lore counselor.
In light of the latest incident, he added he wants his “community to basically be as solid as it can be, and I want to be able to take accountability for some of the things I should take accountability for.
“Sometimes I do get too much into a role, but that doesn’t excuse the things I say. I’m sorry if I offended anybody. With that being said, I do know my intentions were to just entertain. That’s why when I saw what was circulating on Twitter, it did weird me out quite a bit, but I didn’t have any ill intentions.”
The Nijisanji star was quick to reiterate the break was planned well in advance of the controversial stream though. Hex has been outward in discussing his physical health issues and a need to tackle “offline work,” and is taking some time away from his busy post-debut stretch to reset.
“I never considered [streaming] my job. So taking a step back from it, it’s like ‘why would I need to do this?’ It doesn’t feel like a job, but my physical health is [deteriorating] because of it, and the offline work is piling up. It’s just something I need to start fixing.
“This is all so sudden and having to say goodbye is such a difficult thing. Some of the senpais have been so encouraging about [taking a break].”
The star did not state when he would be returning from break, but expressed his thanks for all the support he’s received since debuting in December.
“I’m incredibly blessed to have all of you in my life, and I’m very grateful to be in the position that I am in. I know I sound like a broken record every single stream, and I’ve come to terms with it.
“Thank you for making somebody who had a very tumultuous childhood and last many years… making me feel at home. I will forever try to live up to my own standards. I’m happy that my words can be a bit of a shelter to you. That’s all I ever wanted to be. Thank you for everything.”