Why that teen shouted out Bill Clinton at 2022 Game Awards

Looks like Will Smith isn’t the only one confusing the awards show crowd this year.

The Game Awards returned to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Thursday night to celebrate the best video games of the year. However, the evening ended intriguingly when a teenager snuck onto the stage to yell at a former president.

“I think I would like to nominate this award to my Reformed Orthodox Rabbi, Bill Clinton. Thank you everyone,” he said, stealing the shine from the Elden Ring team that won Game of the Year.

The teenager was immediately escorted off the stage by two security guards in suits. Minutes after the ceremony ended, Game Awards creator and host Geoff Keighley tweeted, “The person who interrupted our Game of the Year moment has been arrested.”

In an email statement Friday, LAPD Officer Matthew Cruz told the Times that a “report was taken” in Block 700 of Chick Hearn Court, where the ceremony venue is located. He confirmed the suspect was arrested for “theatrical performance” but not arrested.

California-based YouTuber Matan Even admitted Friday that he was the crasher of the ceremony. The 15-year-old, who has a fan base of 37,200 YouTube subscribers and 28,000 Twitter followers, is known for videos covering the 2019 Hong Kong protests and has a history of cracking gaming events.

The Times spoke to Even about his Game Awards moment on Friday. Maintaining his alleged devotion to the former president, he said he just wanted to show his appreciation for Clinton.

“I looked at the nominations and was just devastated to see someone I admire so much just being left out,” Even told the Times.

Clinton, who has been referenced in a handful of video games – including the Political Machine franchise – was president from 1993 to 2001. Clinton isn’t a game developer or subject of a video game, but Even strangely thinks he should have been nominated for this year’s Game of the Year.

During a video interview Friday, Even continued to explain how his Game Awards stunt came about. The YouTuber, who caused a stir at Blizzcon 2019 by shouting “Free Hong Kong,” said he planned to storm the stage months ago.

He initially bought a ticket for a seat that “wasn’t really good,” but got hold of another one closer to the stage, he said. On Thursday, Even sat with the God of War Ragnarök team for the first time and thought it would win the grand prize after winning multiple categories. But then he rushed to catch up with the Elden Ring crew and mingled with developer Hidetaka Miyazaki.

“If I didn’t think it was going to happen, I wouldn’t have bought a ticket,” Even told the Times. “I expected to go there, I would make my statement.”

Two men on stage accept an award

Hidetaka Miyazaki, left, accepts the Game of the Year award for “Elden Ring” at Thursday’s Game Awards.

(Frank Micelotta / PictureGroup)

The Times confirmed on Friday that the Game Awards will step up its security efforts for future events following the incident.

He even claimed that his contradictory statement about the “Reformed Orthodox Rabbi” was also premeditated. For the record, Clinton is a Baptist. The YouTube personality explained that his message was about people being “as good as Bill Clinton” and the prospect of living in a “good country where we all have freedom.”

However, his intent wasn’t immediately clear to the Game Awards audience.

Some social media users berated Even (who says he is Jewish) as antisemitic, citing his Clinton comment and Yeezy shoes. Twitter users also resurfaced his 2020 interview with Infowars host Owen Shroyer. He claimed his Clinton reference was “not intended as a dog whistle for far-right conspiracies.” Instead, it came out as a convoluted way of “just praising Bill Clinton.”

Of course, the Game Awards shocker has fueled meme material. Twitter users synced Also a “cheater” Reference to the mafia-style party game Among Us and Programmed the former President in “Elden Ring” having fun at the moment.

Twitter boss Elon Musk shared his own Elden Ring meme. in a congratulatory message to the team behind the fantasy game FromSoftware. His image was a screenshot of developer Miyazaki making his way to the stage, Even close behind.

“You can’t fast travel when enemies are nearby,” the meme said, referring to the game’s combat mechanics.

Despite catching Musk’s attention, Even said he only looks up to two people: himself and — you guessed it — Bill Clinton.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-12-09/the-game-awards-bill-clinton-crasher-game-of-the-year Why that teen shouted out Bill Clinton at 2022 Game Awards

Sarah Ridley

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