Jungleman Faces Backlash After Controversial Tweet

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Jungleman Faces Backlash After Controversial Tweet
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13 Jan

Twitter can be a fun way to follow and interact with quite literally anybody on the platform. Most importantly, it allows anybody to speak their mind in a public forum.

Well, Dan “Jungleman” Cates seems to have ruffled a few feathers after tweeting about a popular cosmetic surgery many women are getting these days.


His Tweet

A few days ago, Jungleman made a questionable tweet about women getting lip filler surgery. Basically, women (or men) can have their lips artificially enlarged by injecting dermal filler into their lips.

“So is anyone else gonna tell these girls that lip filler is losing guys, not getting them more?” he said. “I can’t stand by idly and watch this, hate me if you must.”
And hated he became. It is unclear what made Jungleman tweet about this, but one look at his Twitter feed will reveal a stream of some of his wacky, sometimes thought provoking tweets.


The Backlash

Jungleman was instantly met with some backlash after his tweet. Vanessa Kade, a Canadian pro poker player, shared her thoughts about Jungleman’s comment.

Another woman in the poker industry, ACR’s head of sponsorship Melanie Moser, replied to Jungleman’s tweet.

One particularly outspoken commenter was fellow poker pro Jamie Staples.

Staples went even further and wrote a blog post, which you can find here, which involved the Jungleman tweet. In what he calls an “introspective moment,” Staples talks about the tweet and the subject of caring.

In the very beginning, Staples admits to having a problem with Jungleman and points to that as a reason why he went out of the way to reply with a tweet and a video.

“Jungleman is a big figure in the world of poker. Jungleman is also a guy I have a problem with,” he said. "At least some of why I engaged with his tweet is because it’s him. He played on other peoples accounts in private high stakes poker games, pretending to be them.”
Although it seems like Staples had pre-existing reasons for going particularly hard in his response to Jungleman, his tweet certainly offended a large majority of the women who responded to it.

Whether or not he crossed the line is ultimately up to the reader. In a time when women are becoming more and more empowered, Jungleman’s comment definitely does not gel with the ethos of today.

Is tweeting an opinion, albeit a questionable one, truly the grounds for serious backlash like this? Let us know what you think.


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Nikk from Western New York is a part-time journalist, a successful tournament poker player, and an avid fly fisherman.Read more

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