Personally, episode 188 left a tainted flavor in my mouth. I like every member on the TTV crew and watching them go at each other's throats in a manner which, while I believe it is a valid topic, was hadled so poorly and it was disheartening.
First off, I don't particularly mind that Eljay has his mask on during the videos. However, I do believe that if members of the group, particularly the leader, has issue with the mask being worn during the video and it's decided that the mask should not be used during video recordings, then the decision should be respected not just because it's a company decision, but also out of respect for The other members.
Now the next point I'd like to make is, in my opinion, far more important and I've noticed it's a problem that's steadily been getting worse. That problem is the disrespect that's shown between members on air and on the boards. Now I'm unapologetic in pointing out that I'm saying this in defense of Var and Kahi, because when I listened to the podcast again I noticed that as Var and Kahi where trying to explain their reasons behind their decision regarding the mask, Purple and Eljay where responding by insulting both Kahi and Var's character. I respect Purple for standing in defense of Eljay, but the things that she said where far from necessary and showed a great lack of decorum/respect. Of course Var and Kahi did respond to the barrage with their own artillery fire, but not until far after Eljay and Purple had said things they shouldn't have. It should also be noted that Var multiple times tried to tell Purple she was out of line, not in defending Eljay, but in what she was saying towards Kahi.
Now down to the source of the problem: lack of decorum. I think that, as with any other business, this kind of behavioral problem should be banned from the air. What I mean by that is there should not be anymore bashing of character flaws or ridiculing other members of the team. You simply don't see that kind of behavior on podcasts or any other form of media for that matter. Companies prohibit that sort of behavior for a reason. Along with that I believe that the decision on this mask issue should become final (whatever that might be) and any form of corporate disputes should be kept off air.
The real problem here is pride. The mask is Eljay's Pride just as the channel is Var's. If the decision is made that Eljay loses the mask on camera, then he should show humility and humble himself enough to respect the decision of his friend. Now of course also, he is a paid employee and Var doesn't have to pay him, so the decision is ultimately his.
The most important thing here is that the group starts showing more respect to each other on both the forums and videos. It's just simple professionalism and humility.