Standard leftist Twitch streamer, progressive political commentator, and self-declared socialist Hasan Piker (AKA “HasanAbi”) has purchased a home within the Los Angeles neighborhood of West Hollywood to the tune of $2.74 million.
Now cue the indignant leftists who’re up in arms over the truth that Piker, certainly, does earn a living.
Piker’s perceived class betrayal unleashed a web-based debate on Leftist Twitter over what some thought of to be a “flat out unethical” observe of utilizing revenue generated from movies that advocate socialism and working-class solidarity to buy a home in, as one particular person mentioned, “a state that has one of many highest homelessness charges within the nation.” One other particular person argued, “when you have cash for a 3 million greenback residence you might have cash to redistribute [wealth].”
Whereas the controversy has been largely diminished into political memes displaying the houses Piker might need purchased, different distinguished accounts have voiced assist for the streamer, maybe to achieve entry to his new millionaire mansion.
Fellow YouTuber Ethan Klein tweeted that “there’s a distinction between making hundreds of thousands on Twitch and paying 50% in taxes, and Jeff Bezos being price $150 billion and paying no taxes,” earlier than including that he was blissful Piker is “crushing it.”
Piker additionally defended himself, writing on Twitter that the “housing market [in Los Angeles] is fucked” and asking why the argument is between “renting” or to “go gentrify elsewhere.” In response to a different tweet, Piker mentioned “pay attention should you’re mad at me tax the fuck out of individuals like me.”
The three,800 sq. foot property, which he purchased for him and his household, boasts 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bogs, and a pool.
Piker was previously a part of the present The Younger Turks earlier than beginning a profitable channel on Twitch, the place he commonly offers progressive commentary on politics and has hosted members of The Squad, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). In 2020, Piker was one of many prime 10 earners on Twitch, making near $1.06 million off the streaming platform.