In 2017, he voiced his support for Gamergate, an alt-right and sexist movement that largely targeted women, LGBTQ, and other minority groups in the industry. At the time, he referred to feminism as a “social disease,” claiming on Twitter that feminists were “overtly sexist against men.” At one point, Persson said that anyone who opposed “heterosexual pride day” should be “shot” and also tweeted “It’s okay to be white” after claiming groups pushing for more diversity and calling out white supremacy were being racist against white people.
Last year, Persson tweeted to his almost 4 million followers that they should believe “Q,” the 4chan user who began spreading the far-right (and extremely delusional) QAnon conspiracy theory we won’t give any more oxygen to here.
“Q is legit. Don’t trust the media,” Persson tweeted at the time. “I might be the most serious I’ve ever been.”
Persson followed that up just a few days later with a series of transphobic comments in which he suggested that trans men and women were “mentally ill.”
In March 2019, Microsoft removed references to Persson from Minecraft. The publisher also excluded Persson from an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the game.