Sparrow in 2018
|Born||Dale Emanuel Wilson|
November 19, 1984
|Also known as||LowTierGod, LTG|
|Catchphrase(s)||Get That Ass Banned|
Dalauan Sparrow, born November 19, 1984 as Dale Emanuel Wilson and known online as LowTierGod, is an American YouTuber, gamer, and actor known primarily for his involvement in the Street Fighter fighting game community. While he has largely attracted negative attention for making discriminatory comments and raging while streaming himself playing video games, he has also gained a sizable cult following he has branded "The Covenant."
Sparrow started the YouTube channel sparrow25 on January 20, 2006. Before the channel's focus on video game content, it hosted a variety of vlog-like content and acting skits performed by Sparrow. Sparrow did not attain notoriety through any of his videos until November 12, 2013, when he uploaded "A message for Boogie2988 and all of his wonderful fans!!!" on his alternate account, dalauansparrow. This video was initially met with nearly universal negative attention for its derision of Boogie2988, then the fifth-most subscribed channel on the website. However, by 2018 it was deemed by Civics Science to be a video that aged exceptionally well due to Boogie's accrued controversies. The video was deleted by YouTube staff on December 26, 2019, reaching close to 2 million views.
Rebranding as LowTierGod
By 2013, Sparrow rebranded the sparrow25 channel to LowTierGod, a name inspired by his preference for characters in fighting games considered to be low on the game's respective tier list. Once rebranded, Sparrow primarily streamed and uploaded videos of his own gameplay in Street Fighter IV, usually accompanied with caustic commentary towards his opponents. In 2014, he continuously insulted EVO champion Jay Snyder after matching with him in the game's ranked system. The two publicly feuded via Twitter. This culminated in the pair playing a first-to-10 set in the game, hosted and streamed by Leveluplive!. The set, won by Snyder, inspired myriad memes, particularly for its aftermath, which garnered 7 million views under various titles on YouTube. Tosh.0 observed the match to be the most viral FGC moment of 2014 and contacted both players to recreate the moment for a skit, but Snyder refused.
In 2017, Sparrow similarly engendered viral negative attention after matching with Mike Begum in Street Fighter V's ranked system while streaming. After losing to Begum, a player with arthrogryposis, Sparrow insulted him for his disability, deriding him as a "worthless specimen" and "Krang". Sparrow's comments were widely condemned for being ableist.
Sparrow was again embroiled in controversy after making derogatory comments towards his opponent while streaming himself playing Street Fighter V. After losing to Christina Tran, a transgender, Sparrow derided Tran for being a "fake tranny" and "not having the balls to get his dick removed." Tran immediately posted the clip of Sparrow's remarks to Twitter, wherein they met condemnation for transphobia. Sparrow responded by evincing racist tweets and vods of Tran using the word "nigga" in derogatory fashion. Ultimately, Sparrow was globally banned by Capcom from attending any of their sponsored events and tournaments on April 16, 2020, while Tran received the same four days later. The incident has been panned as a microcosm of cancel culture.
Sparrow maintains that LowTierGod is a character: a manifestation of his proclivities for acting and heel wrestling. However, John Guerrero of Event Hubs has expressed doubt that the persona is inauthentic, writing that he has lost too much inter-personally and burned too many bridges professionally for the character to be an act. Regardless, Sparrow treats viewers of his stream in the same acerbic manner as his on-stream opponents, frequently banning fans, donators, and moderators with abandon. In doing so, the phrase "Get That Ass Banned" has effectively become his catchphrase.
Despite this, Sparrow's fanbase has continued to grow, leading some journalists to speculate that he appeals to an audience that enjoys a streamer unafraid to scathingly rebuke others as an escape from a culture increasingly moored with social norms. This has been observed to be a cult-like fandom of young men, partly ironic and partly unironic, with the former comprising fans who enjoy provoking Sparrow into becoming annoyed with and banning them and the latter comprising fans who follow him for his tendency to give voice to uncomfortable thoughts. This growth surprised Sparrow himself, who began referring to his following as a "covenant" of devotion before starting an official monthly subscription membership to the namesake via his YouTube channel. Sparrow has a smaller, similar following for his encouragement of holding African Americans to higher standards than he believes contemporary culture inspires them to, terming like-minded individuals "New-Age Blacks."
Much of Sparrow's viewer-base is also cult-like in derision, which has been termed a "hatedom" by Nathan Simmons of SVG.
In 2019, Sparrow began selling official Covenant merchandise, particularly e-sports jerseys, with The Brooklyn Rose Company.
In other media
Sparrow's comments about Mileena's revamped appearance in Mortal Kombat 11 have been cited as an example of a "growing debate over the de-sexualization of female video game characters" and the alienation of games' long-time fanbases by One Angry Gamer.
Sparrow has been featured on Major Start's Body Count Fighting three times, each time in Street Fighter V.
- Chavez, Steven 'Dreamking23' (5 May 2016). "Viscant vs. Low Ti3r God, the runback: Watch these two players square off once again, this time in Street Fighter 5". EventHubs.
- "BROKENTIER's Jay "Viscant" Snyder Gives Low Tier God a Proper Ultra Street Fighter IV Beatdown at Wednesday Night Fights". 23 October 2014.
- "Meet Mike 'Brolylegs' Begum: A most extraordinary Street Fighter competitor". ESPN.com. 10 July 2019.
- "Capcom Bans Pro Fighting Game Players After Offensive Comments". Game Rant. 25 April 2020.
- "ELEAGUE To Debut Its First Reality TV Show Featuring Fighting Game Pros On April 20". 5 April 2018.
- "ELEAGUE producing Reality TV show featuring members of the FGC". ResetEra.
- "ELEAGUE to Debut Street Fighter V Reality Show for Invitational Slot". Unikrn News. 5 April 2018.
- Guerrero, John 'Velociraptor' (20 April 2020). "Two players banned from EVO and other FGC events after using hateful racial and transphobic speech on social media". EventHubs.
- "CeroBlast banned from FGC events for racial slur following Low Tier God ban". 22 April 2020.
- "Street Fighter 5 Players Keep Getting Banned By Capcom". ScreenRant. 26 April 2020.
- Michael, Cale (24 April 2020). "Capcom bans CeroBlast, Low Tier God from all events".
- "Filipino Champ Banned from all Capcom Fighting Game Tournaments Globally After Watermelon Lives Matter Tweet". Niche Gamer. 17 June 2020.
- "Esports Arena: Capcom Bans Two 'Street Fighter' Pros After "Offensive Statements" Surface | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com.
- "Shop". Brooklyn Rose Company. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
- "YouTubers, Gamers Locked In Debate Over Mortal Kombat 11's De-Sexualized Females". One Angry Gamer. February 24, 2019. Unknown parameter
- "Body Count Fighting brings UFC-style fight cards and grudges to esports". 30 September 2017.
- "ELeague's "The Challenger" Reality Show Doesn't Know Which Audience to Cater To". 24 April 2018.
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