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Oculus devs dropping support, Palmer Luckey issues statement [Updated]

It looks like Luckey's actions are having a negative effect on Oculus as developers are dropping support for its platform.

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Update:

Palmer Luckey has issued a statement on Facebook denying the original report that led to the developers' reaction. However the Senior News Editor for The Daily Beast has stood behind the reporting, and produced a screenshot purportedly contradicting Luckey's statement.

"I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners.The recent news stories about me do not accurately represent my views.

"Here’s more background: I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America because I thought the organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards. I am a libertarian who has publicly supported Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the past, and I plan on voting for Gary in this election as well.

"I am committed to the principles of fair play and equal treatment. I did not write the "NimbleRichMan" posts, nor did I delete the account. Reports that I am a founder or employee of Nimble America are false. I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America.

"Still, my actions were my own and do not represent Oculus. I’m sorry for the impact my actions are having on the community."

Original Story:

Oculus VR isn’t having the best day as we learned overnight its co-founder Palmer Luckey had been funding a group that creates anti-Hillary Clinton memes, and then spread them online. As a result, a number of indie and AAA developers have announced are dropping support for the Oculus Rift in either upcoming games or already-released ones.

One such indie development studio is Polytron, who revealed it was dropping Oculus support for its upcoming game, SUPERHYPERCUBE. In a statement published on Pastebin, the studio says it will no longer be pursuing Oculus support for SUPERHYPERCUBE as a result of Luckey’s actions. “In a political climate as fragile and horrifying as this one,” the company writes, “we cannot tacitly endorse these actions by supporting Luckey or his platform.”

Polytron is not alone as a number of additional studios, like Tomorrow Today Labs, Scruta Games, and even Insomniac Games, have all voiced their displeasure with Luckey’s actions and have vowed to no longer support the Oculus platform until he steps down.

"Insomniac Games condemns all forms of hate speech," Insomniac Games tells Motherboard. "While everyone has a right to express his or her political opinion, the behavior and sentiments reported do not reflect the values of our company. We are also confident that this behavior and sentiment does not reflect the values of the many Oculus employees we work with on a daily basis."

This isn't the first time Oculus' co-founder Palmer Luckey has been wrapped up in controversy as our interview with him earlier this year spread like wildfire after saying he'd consider supporting Apple if it "ever releases a good computer."

As of now, neither Oculus nor Palmer Luckey have addressed the actions of these studios dropping support for the Rift. We’ve reached out to both Oculus and Luckey for comment and will update our story accordingly.

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      September 23, 2016 1:53 PM

      He has a right to say stupid things and people have the right to not support his endeavors. Sounds good to me.

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      September 23, 2016 2:26 PM

      honestly though, he still gets a few points from me for the Apple zinger. but those are the only points he gets

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      September 23, 2016 2:42 PM

      Why didn't he do this dirty work in the open? Why hide behind pseudonyms and try to obscure and downplay involvement? Cowards and hypocrites galore, but they have money, so hey...AMERICA.

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      September 23, 2016 2:53 PM

      Quick question as it's not clear from some of the articles - are people up in arms because he is supporting Trump (and helping promote anti-Hillary propaganda), or has he himself participated in hate speech/shitty behavior/etc? I am assuming the latter given people's reactions, but the limited number of articles I read didn't get into specifics...

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      September 23, 2016 3:04 PM

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        September 23, 2016 3:50 PM

        Considering what came out in public after this shitstorm, not too surprised. She's full blow GamerGate material

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          September 23, 2016 4:30 PM

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            September 23, 2016 4:32 PM

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            September 23, 2016 4:38 PM

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            September 23, 2016 5:13 PM

            i think it is maybe an exaggeration to say "a lot" of it grew out of gamergate. the youngest, most vocal, and feistiest members seemed to have come out of it, but the alt-right is a lot bigger than just gamergate. off the top of my head, it includes conspiratorial morons like alex jones

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            September 23, 2016 5:28 PM

            All these anti-establishment anger movements are inter-connected at some point. It's a certain kind of person who seeks out this sort of company.

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            September 23, 2016 7:02 PM

            "Grew out of GamerGate" is a stretch, IMO. Similar goals, similar demographics, but that's like saying that E-Sports grew out of Nintendo.

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            September 23, 2016 7:12 PM

            Yeah, they didn't go away they just changed labels and tactics.

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              September 23, 2016 7:42 PM

              lol bc9 and FRED GARVIN still mad at gg.

              don't wanna say i called it buuuuuuut. i called it.

              damn i'm good.

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            September 23, 2016 9:50 PM

            Also, the same GG assholes are still having an impact on people's lives. Maybe they don't hang out on KiA like they used to, but they are still shit brigading and harassing devs. In fact a few months ago they review bombed a game some friends worked on and it definitely had an impact on sales.

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            September 24, 2016 3:57 AM

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            September 24, 2016 6:22 AM

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      September 23, 2016 3:52 PM

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        September 23, 2016 3:53 PM

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        September 23, 2016 4:09 PM

        AFIK he's basically a mascot at this point.

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        September 23, 2016 4:24 PM

        They probably asked him to step down. Not like he needs the money.

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        September 23, 2016 4:31 PM

        The thing is I believed that "the guy that kept poking at VR until it worked" at the time and that's exactly why I backed it... And I'm not so sure anymore the timing is right. It's sounding more like even his very first forum posts on that gamedev forum I can't rememberthenameof, were more overlapped with other groups working on VR stuff than I thought originally.

        No matter who ripped off who, the moment when facebook bought them jumpstarted a ton of things though, so as dirty as everything is, it probably made a lot of things possible that wouldn't have happened without it. :\ lame but oh well. It's like realizing that Notch is an rich ass, but the Infiniminer guy dropped the ball and got nothing.

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      September 23, 2016 4:09 PM

      I guess you could say

      that Palmer Luckey

      aint so Lucky no more

      http://i.giphy.com/txDMresFxJFZe.gif

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      September 23, 2016 4:25 PM

      When you're a public face at work, you just don't do politics. Especially politics of hate.

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      September 23, 2016 5:09 PM

      haha there's a rumor coming out of neogaf now that luckey also secretly owns 4chan

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      September 23, 2016 5:18 PM

      So, a young and naive(just because he did the Oculus thing doesn't mean he is wise) 24 old dude, used his personal money to do something controversial. As much as the guy is a big asshole for spending his money on this I don't think the mass outrage really is necessary. Palmer's personal money choices are his to make. All these companies pulling support and/or their business is child-like behavior I think.

      As a slightly hyperbolic hypothetical example:
      If the Allies, during WWII, had chosen to oust Winston Churchill for being a chronic alcoholic since before the age of 25 by calling into question his judgement, leadership, temperament, etc. How would that have played out?

      I realize that the hypothetical scenario's scope and ramifications aren't very comparable but, the underlying concept remains. Personal choices, however dumb people may believe that they are, do not equate to a person's overall capabilities or ability to learn from a mistake. Permanently destroying them publicly in an instant does not help anyone. Everyone should be allowed to recover from a mistake.

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        September 23, 2016 5:25 PM

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          September 23, 2016 6:27 PM

          Ehh, I guess I don't care what he does with his personal money in regards to politics. No one is going to be touted as making a good choice this election. Whether he was an asshole or not for supporting or even owning the company producing the anti-hillary meme's, etc...is a matter of opinion. Public outrage, public hate, whatever this is these days is corrosive and not in some altruistic method of culling the herd.

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            September 23, 2016 6:28 PM

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              September 23, 2016 6:30 PM

              Oh, I didn't see the "Troll Bridge" sign as I crossed. My apologies.

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            September 24, 2016 6:07 AM

            He did it secretly because he knew there would be blow back if he did it openly. It was still worth it to him. Well, it's out there now. Time for the blow back he feared.

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        September 23, 2016 5:34 PM

        http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=3545774
        public perception of your character in fact affects others' willingness to do business with you (or anything else with you). this is the basis of sociality itself. there is no reality where you get to compartmentalize your behavior and others will agree to only give consideration to one compartment or another.

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          September 23, 2016 6:17 PM

          I think your link may be in error?

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          September 23, 2016 6:19 PM

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            September 23, 2016 6:23 PM

            Like it or not, Palmer is basically the face of Oculus. They'll need to specifically distance themselves from him if they don't like the association. They can take it up with him how much this damages their brand.

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              September 23, 2016 6:37 PM

              I wouldn't have cared about this side of Palmer without this internet drama llama business tdoay. I could have found out via some news posting and maybe got a good laugh out of him being an asshole. But, I wouldn't have gone another step to see what companies are doing business with Oculus or if those companies agreed with Palmer's antics or not. It would have literally flew under the radar in terms of associating anyone with Palmer's personal stuff. Least of all linked it to the notion of developers supporting Palmer's viewpoints/bad behavior by simple association.

              It's kind of a self fulfilling prophecy in a way. By drawing attention to themselves by publicly shaming Palmer, etc. they have directly associated themselves with Palmer's bullshit. So, yes, now it would most certainly impact their business.

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                September 23, 2016 6:53 PM

                I think you misunderstood me. Oculus will have to publicly distance themselves from Palmer if they don't want his actions to reflect on them. The developers were never in danger of Palmer's actions reflecting on them but they're choosing to stand up for what they think is right and refuse to do business with someone actively trying to make the world a worse place.

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            September 23, 2016 6:29 PM

            Exactly. These companies are not helping anyone out, least of all themselves. By being this overly dramatic teenager they are hurting the VR platform and technology overall. It's already got the deck stacked against from the beginning. All this in-fighting over inclusive stores or he said this or that is not something that is going to help.

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              September 23, 2016 6:35 PM

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                September 23, 2016 6:42 PM

                You can discontinue your business relationship with someone without a public statement. You can even allow the person you're disassociating with to respond before you set the internet on fire. Both would have been much better choices. And I don't care what the VR industry thinks about Politics or overall societal social behavior. I care what they think about the technology platform, development for the platform, the future of the platform, etc. I'd rather these companies go make us some cool VR games or helpful applications or perfect the technology more and shut the fuck up about political opinions they have.

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                  September 23, 2016 6:45 PM

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                    September 23, 2016 6:51 PM

                    Palmer was doing this for a while and on one said anything untl now. I am curious if this entire thread, and the various sub-threads, would have gone the way it has were Trump the target of Palmer's Meme Generator. It's a fascinajting thing to read all the various reactions and how polarizing they all are. On top of that there is so much rage and hate laced or underlying so many comments. All these discussions are a crazy social experiment gone wrong or something...lol.

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                      September 23, 2016 6:53 PM

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                        September 23, 2016 7:01 PM

                        I don't think the Developers or Companies are wrong for changing their Business relationships. That's up to them and I would have no judgements otherwise. However, I definitely take an issue with publicly shaming someone like they have, making it political by adding in they don't support Trump, and making it a point they're changing up their Business. All because of, in my opinion, what seems more like a grudge match than people being offended. But, agree to disagree or something.

                        P.S. LOL @ you for your pausing for effect at the start of your comment.

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                      September 23, 2016 6:55 PM

                      Palmer was doing this for a while and on one said anything untl now.

                      No one said anything about it until now because no one knew anything about it until now. How can you criticize people for not reacting to something they don't know about yet?

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                        September 23, 2016 7:02 PM

                        I was saying that in response to the connotation that Palmer was somehow not trying to be discrete or private about his personal political stuff.

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                          September 23, 2016 7:41 PM

                          He as actively campaigning to shit up the internet and spread hateful and racist messages. He did this in secret, yes, because he knew it's a bad look but that's neither private nor discreet.

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                  September 23, 2016 6:46 PM

                  It seems wierd that you take so much issue with a few developers being too political when the very person you're defending is in this spot because he literally ran a shitposting site and was funding Trumps campaign. If you have a problem with people being too political and hurting VR, you should probably start with Palmer.

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                    September 23, 2016 6:53 PM

                    he probably works for Oculus.

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                      September 23, 2016 6:57 PM

                      Palmer is touching my balls right now.

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                    September 23, 2016 6:56 PM

                    Everyone has a right to support their political party and candidates of choice. Palmer next leveled that, of course. I would not disagree with that. It takes a special kind of asshole to put the energy behind what he did. That being said, I don't associate Palmer's personal political opinions with Oculus like these companies have. *shrugs*

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        September 23, 2016 6:04 PM

        Making posts on Reddit and bringing attention to it is his own dumb ass fault. He deserves everything he gets. He could just sit back quietly and enjoy his millions, or even use some of it to help others, but instead he's helping Trump.

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        September 23, 2016 9:16 PM

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      September 23, 2016 5:36 PM

      Wow, read some of his archived reddit posts. Dude is crazy

      https://archive.is/4OuYq

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      September 23, 2016 5:39 PM

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      September 23, 2016 5:48 PM

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        September 23, 2016 6:38 PM

        You have s misunderstanding. Zenimax/Bethesda suit is against/about Carmack. It has very little to do with Palmer. If you're going to shitlord, at least know the player's roles.

        Ps, I will send yo $20 if they win that agai n st carmack.

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      September 23, 2016 7:04 PM

      An apology on Facebook.

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      September 23, 2016 7:05 PM

      Fuck, not super hyper duper cube, Oculus is done for.

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      September 23, 2016 7:28 PM

      Good, who needs shitty politically correct games anyways. good way to weed that shit out.

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      September 23, 2016 7:47 PM

      Oh man, right after Palmer just gave a public apology and denied everything, TDB just showed proof it was him https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/779506558409510912

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      September 23, 2016 7:59 PM

      lol look at this maniac replying to palmer https://twitter.com/PalmerLuckey/status/779503289381507072 the top 8 are all the same dude.

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        September 23, 2016 8:02 PM

        He goes on for like 30 tweets, holy shit.

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        September 23, 2016 8:15 PM

        Isn't that harassment? I thought Twitter was trying to clean up their act.

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        September 23, 2016 8:42 PM

        Jesus, that whole conversation is a train wreck. "Fighting back", "you have an army". What the fuck.

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        September 23, 2016 8:50 PM

        dudes spot on

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          September 23, 2016 9:04 PM

          not even a little bit. "you must go on the attack"... yeah no that is what he was doing - going on the attack thinking the internet and everyone is his pawn. fuck him.

          he wanted to live by the internet, he can die by it.

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            September 23, 2016 9:29 PM

            either way, he will go down doing...something?

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        September 23, 2016 9:10 PM

        is that guy trying to be his lawyer and/or life coach?

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        September 23, 2016 9:15 PM

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        September 23, 2016 9:27 PM

        LOL, I can't see them because Cernovich blocked me after I called him out on his "magical cum" and other sexist bullshit.

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          September 23, 2016 9:41 PM

          This always confuses me. Can't you see their tweets if you log out?

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            September 23, 2016 9:46 PM

            Yes, if I really wanted to I could just log out.

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      September 23, 2016 9:22 PM

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      September 23, 2016 9:50 PM

      And this looks like the smoking gun. Cant wait to hear his response. https://twitter.com/GideonResnick/status/779531261987684352

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        September 23, 2016 10:04 PM

        If true, Palmer Lucky can get fucked. I am very disappointed. He always seemed like a smart, good-intentioned, albeit aloof young inventor who enjoyed his followers. If those comments were from him about "not eating caviar today" or whatever the fuck, that's really, really unfortunate.

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          September 23, 2016 10:19 PM

          It's unfathomable to me that he would lie about this after having directly confessed to it to multiple sources days before. And from the beginning he always seemed openly proud of his involvement. Why not just fess up and insist that he no longer represents Oculus?

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            September 24, 2016 7:08 AM

            When you live in a bubble, it's hard to see things from others people point of view. You believe you can change what's true at will. Hence no qualms about admiring something others might find objectionable.

            I think it has a direct correlation to being incapable of empathy.

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        September 23, 2016 10:24 PM

        Also just for giggles here he is on video at a Trump rally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJLQMbYrAkc&feature=youtu.be&t=1m51s

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          September 23, 2016 10:30 PM

          It's not the Trump stuff that bothers me. It's him being a little fucking twerp shitheel that's flaunting his fortune in literally the worst way.

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          September 23, 2016 10:52 PM

          His Twitter likes going back through 2015 don't have a single Gary Johnson related story on them. Meanwhile he has Trump and racist/xenophobic posts all up and down his likes (for now). There's video of him at a rally and his girlfriend posted pics of her signed Trump hat (forget all of her @Nero interactions and vile racist shit). Now in the last four hours he's suddenly a pro-Johnson libertarian?

          http://motherboard.vice.com/read/palmer-luckey-alt-right

          Nothing gets forgotten on the internet. Does he think he can rewrite history with a PR statement and deleting his girlfriend's Twitter account? At least be a man and stick with what you say. Nobody likes a weasel.

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      September 24, 2016 12:18 AM

      Kids lol

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