Dominique McLean, better known as ‘SonicFox‘ last night won the award for Best Esports Player at The Game Awards in Los Angeles. The 20 years old is a full-time student and a fighting gamer. Stepping on stage in his now-iconic fursuit, McLean gave an acceptance speech that was funny, honest, and worth watching.
Actor Joel McHale presented the award and announced SonicFox’s name.
“Wow, I really won this shit,” he starts in his speech. “I really, really enjoy playing video game competitively.”
“I’ve never been this nervous,” he said.
“I’ve never really done it for the fame. I just enjoy the rush of beating people up, y’know?”
Halfway through his speech, he takes off his furry head and starts to thank people who helped him along the way. He thanks his team, all of his friends and his best friend back home.
Then McLean says: “As you guys also may know or not know, I’m also super gay! So I want to give a super shout out to all of my LGBT+ friends that have always helped me through life.”
In August, he told ESPN: “The more fame that I have, the more I realize, why should I care what people think about me when I can just be me?
“That’s how I made my brand. You should just always be yourself and there will always be people who will like you,” he said.
“I guess I just gotta say that I’m gay, black and a furry – pretty much everything a Republican hates, and the best esports player of the whole year!”
It is important to highlight how genuine he was during his winning speech, embracing who he really is and being unapologetic about it. In the game world it might easier to be whoever you wanna be, but speaking up in front of an audience, supporting the LGBT+ community in a global ceremony, is truly amazing.
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