OpTic Gaming streamer and former Call of Duty League desk host Katie Bedford apologized Friday for a 2017 tweet joking about running over protesters in Washington D.C.
Bedford, at the time an editor and producer for right wing publication The Daily Caller and known as Katie Frates, stated in her tweet that she wondered how many Native Nations Rise activists she could run over before police arrested her.
Bedford’s since-deleted tweet. | Via Dot Esports
The tweet came amid protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a controversial oil pipeline that led Standing Rock Sioux and thousands of others to protest its construction. Police were accused of using excessive force against activists who were attempting to stop a pipeline they believed would contaminate the tribe’s water supply and further entrench oil in the U.S.’s power supply.
In her apology, Bedford described her tweet as “grossly inappropriate.”
A long-overdue apology pic.twitter.com/sBoE0lH1Ya
— Katie Bedford (@WorldsBedford) June 12, 2020
“I will never know how many people I hurt or let down, and to all of you, I am sorry,” she wrote. “The apology is far later than it should be, but that does not mean I shouldn’t give it.”
Bedford claimed her fear of publicly addressing the tweet prevented her from apologizing for it before now.
Bedford published her last story for The Daily Caller, the Tucker Carlson-founded right wing website frequently accused of posting misinformation, in May 2018. She married Christopher Bedford, senior editor at the conservative online magazine The Federalist, in 2018, taking his name.
To attempt to make up for her original tweet and her failure to apologize for so long, Bedford will donate all stream revenue for the next week to charities supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
“Actions speak louder than words, and I will continue to show who I am and what my values are through those actions,” she concluded.