Dan Bilzerian kicked off a massive row on poker Twitter this week when he called Canadian player and streamer Vanessa Kade a ‘hoe’ – claiming nobody even knows who she is…
Quiet hoe, nobody knows who you are
— Dan Bilzerian (@DanBilzerian) December 4, 2020
Dan Bilzerian vs Vanessa Kade
Although he clearly meant to use the words ‘ho’, a modern version of ‘whore’, it sparked a huge backlash about sexism and misogyny in poker.
Bilzerian has become famous as the self-styled King of Instagram on the back of OTT pics and videos of himself with groups of scantily clad or even completely naked women, with cars, guns, and other ‘boytoys’ all part of the show.
Those include some very demeaning shots where he celebrates National Women’s Day like this…
It's national Women's Day, be thankful, they are good for so many things! https://t.co/AGXd6xuuiY pic.twitter.com/Q4YNGsMFMS
— Dan Bilzerian (@DanBilzerian) March 8, 2017
…or brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘trophy wife’…
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With claims to have won $50million in highstakes poker games, Bilzerian has, unfortunately, many would say, been considered a part of the poker scene for quite some time now.
He famously called out legendary crusher Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates over who has won more…
Definitely won more money than your ass in poker, that’s a fact
— Dan Bilzerian (@DanBilzerian) March 14, 2019
…and last year claimed to be a “pioneer” of aggressive poker, explaining on the True Geordie podcast how he tricked opponents into thinking he was just a “rich idiot” before taking their money.
Where his money really came from is a story for another day, the focus this week his offensive comments against Vanessa Kade.
Twitter users defending Vanessa Kade
The attack on Kade, however, did not go down well – the popular former gamer, designer, producer, and programmer receiving plenty of support.
Donna Morton had strong words for Bilzerian, tweeting: “Really Dan you think your tough. Well you think it’s ok to disrespect women all you want? Is that because you got something of a complex when a woman says something you don’t like? I will tell you know you ain’t all that!”
English pro James McGeorge didn’t mince his words either…
As opposed to an illiterate cretin that no one with any sense would spit on.
— james mcgeorge (@jamesmcgeorge) December 5, 2020
Bilzerian’s ‘illiteracy’ instantly found itself ‘memed’ with Kade using a ‘garden hoe’ as her avatar and close friend and fellow poker pro Melissa Burr clarifying for those who didn’t get it…
The misogyny and sexism tags aimed against Bilzerian had already been thrown around previously, not only because of the constant use of naked women in his lifestyle and imagery.
Bilzerian has been accused at least twice of assaulting women, the first seeing him apparently kick a woman in the face at the LIV nightclub in Miami Beach in 2014…
Kade herself was quick to point out these two incidents, and others when attempts were made to defend Bilzerian…
Throwing a woman off a roof? Kicking one in the head? Naked photos on hands & knees as dogs, cleaning his house, used as furniture, "Property of Dan Bilzerian" written on them?
Paying $1M to be a movie extra he had to sue to get back?
Last one's not sexist, just fucking funny. https://t.co/3XgQNMO04n
— Vanessa Kade (@VanessaKade) December 5, 2020
And she had advice for anyone else out there who might be a fan of Bilzerian: ‘I literally use “does he follow Dan Bilzerian” as a dating filter because it tells me enough about their character that I know they’re probably tacky, sleazy, and superficial. I want a man, not a child who idealizes a guy who desperately pays women to make himself seem cool.’
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