“Affluent New York democrats replaced Bill DeBlasio with Eric Adams because they wanted someone to fix the crime problem and now they have PlayStation riots lol. “
As we were reminded with the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Ferguson riots, and the Antifa/Black Lives Matter-led “peaceful protests” in 2020, Democrat-run cities are not safe places to be—especially when far-left activists decide they have an axe to grind against “the system” and proceed with stoking woke mobs into a feeding frenzy.
Though the activist component was missing, the scene in New York City Friday ahead of what was billed as a PlayStation giveaway by 21-year-old popular YouTube/Twitch streamer Kai Carlo Cenat nevertheless looked eerily similar.
Multiple videos show complete chaos in Union Square, with private and personal property looted and destroyed, vendors assaulted, fights among the rioters breaking out, and law enforcement completely overwhelmed by uncontrollable mobs, including hundreds who at one point chanted “suck my d*ck” at some of the officers.
Chaos in Union Square right now as cops try to squash a riot pic.twitter.com/me1FzJs0Rq
— Steven Vago (@Vagoish) August 4, 2023
The videos coming out of the Kai Cenat mob yesterday are pretty disturbing.
It looks like it’s mostly kids, but their actions are violent, destructive and stupid.
In this video, it looks like an older vendor has been hurt somehow, and they steal from him anyways. pic.twitter.com/ppdmeVBBXn
— Ben Goggin (@BenjaminGoggin) August 5, 2023
Being a cop in New York City looks fun pic.twitter.com/69ivrEoX8v
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 5, 2023
The online influencer Kai Cenat will face multiple charges, including inciting a riot, after thousands of people overran a park and its surrounding area in New York City in response to a giveaway of PlayStation 5 consoles, police said. https://t.co/gCxD2JO1JP pic.twitter.com/VVpt0BGw74
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 5, 2023
#BreakingNews Thousands of people have overrun Union Square Park and surrounded lanes of traffic Friday as a popular Twitch streamer held a video game giveaway. https://t.co/DXxj4yGLrC pic.twitter.com/AS0zyZdy9H
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) August 4, 2023
A riot has broken out at New York City's Union Square after YouTuber and Twtich streamers Kai Cenat and Fanum scheduled a giveaway of Playstation 5s.
NYPD warns of transport chaos as HUNDREDS of teens start fights, climb on cars and and hurl fire extinguishers. pic.twitter.com/2megwANtlI
— I Meme Therefore I Am 🇺🇸 (@ImMeme0) August 4, 2023
Looting a hot dog stand because why notpic.twitter.com/DsTR4jQPc7
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 4, 2023
Honestly: Kai shouldn’t be responsible for any of this. He planned an event. Not a riot. Teenager or adult, this behavior is stupid.
All over a PlayStation 5? ANFWB. pic.twitter.com/smb7vd9z7b
— Big Cheese (@BigCheese) August 5, 2023
UPDATE: The New York Police Department is currently dealing with a large gathering, including a riot-like atmosphere at Union Sqaure Park in Manhattan.
– A Twitch Streamer, Kai Cenat, scheduled a large giveaway of PlayStation 5s and an overwhelming number of people showed up.… pic.twitter.com/FDq2rtS4rv
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) August 4, 2023
Here’s what the scene looked like in the aftermath:
⚠️BREAKING: Twitch influencer Kai Cenat taken into custody in NYC after his video game giveaway at public park erupted into chaos leaving behind these scenes pic.twitter.com/mRxo8q8b54
— Breaking News (@NewsJunkieBreak) August 4, 2023
The aftermath from the riot earlier today after hundreds (possibly thousands) of crazed thugs terrorized the streets of NYC.
A “digital influencer” named Kai Cenat organized a PlayStation giveaway event. I guess “da hood” couldn’t handle it. 🤷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/Op4z54CSZx
— Suburban Black Man 🇺🇸 (@niceblackdude) August 5, 2023
AMNY’s “Villager” filed this report on how it all started:
Dozens of spectators began fighting at around 3 p.m., throwing paint cans, bottles, and anything they could get their hands on into the crowd. One man set off a fire extinguisher while another was walking around with a pickaxe after they tore their way into a construction site. Most of those involved were teenagers.
Police responded to the mayhem soon after, arresting 65 people, 30 of whom were juvenile. Cenat was also detained by police and is facing two counts of inciting a riot.
Cops estimated the crowd totaled about 2,000.
The horde also hurled fireworks at cops who were attempting to break up the mayhem, exploding in plumes of smoke sending some of their fellow teens running. Others stayed steadfast however, scaling statues in the park, dining sheds, the Union Square Station overhead canopy, which was under construction, in the surrounding area.
“Our officers were attacked. We were in there, we were crushed. We were pushed to the ground,” Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said. “I was hit with multiple objects as well.”
In the aftermath of the riots and Cenat’s arrest, his management group issued the following statement:
“We are deeply disheartened by the outbreak of disorderly conduct that affected innocent people and businesses, and do not condone that behavior,” the statement on behalf of AMP said. “We apologize to all of those impacted. We are fully cooperating with local authorities.”
The statement continued, “We recognize that our audience and influence are growing, and with that comes greater responsibility.” Members of AMP include Cenat, whose livestreams feature him speaking to fans, playing games and reacting to videos, and fellow streamer Fanum.
“Yesterday members of AMP hoped to create a positive experience for fans and give back as a show of appreciation for their support,” the group’s statement said. “We’ve hosted fan meet-ups and video shoots in the past, but we’ve never experienced anything at the scale of what took place yesterday.”
Mayor Eric Adams has, strangely, blamed “outside agitators” for what happened because we know riots in NYC are never an organic thing:
Asked about the incident – sparked by what intended to be a PlayStation giveaway organized by Twitch influencer Kai Cenat – during an unrelated press conference, Adams referenced Cenat, noting that the influencer “had a substantial number of followers” and “people came from outside of the city to be there.”
“We are further looking into where there’s some even outside agitators. You don’t come to get free Game Boys and bring smoke bombs and bring M80s and bring other disruptive items,” Adams said, mentioning a different video gaming system. “We believe there were some outside influencers that may have attempted to aggravate this situation.”
Cenat has been temporarily banned from the Twitch platform numerous times over the last two years, with three of them being for allegations of “repeated explicit simulated sexual activity,” “threats” against others, and consuming marijuana edibles.
Twitter users were quick to point out that once again a blue city was the scene of lunatics taking over the asylum:
This is the perfect BLUE Dystopia.
— Xi Van Fleet (@XVanFleet) August 5, 2023
"New York City has a brand."pic.twitter.com/upuUDrF78U
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 4, 2023
Affluent New York democrats replaced Bill DeBlasio with Eric Adams because they wanted someone to fix the crime problem and now they have PlayStation riots lol.
I love it. I frigging love it.
— Oilfield Rando (@Oilfield_Rando) August 5, 2023
What does it say about the state of America and its social health that a mass riot can be caused over a Twitch “star” doing a PlayStation 5 giveaway in New York City?
Reminds me of the Nika Riots in Constantinople.
Pray the US shuns frivolity like this.https://t.co/XgL2OgUWC1
— Jeff Clark (@JeffClarkUS) August 6, 2023
Cenat has been “charged with at least two counts of inciting a riot and unlawful assembly.”
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