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Alinity slams claims she’s “responsible” for Dr Disrespect’s Twitch ban

Published: 6/Jul/2020 19:48 Updated: 7/Jul/2020 1:50

by Virginia Glaze

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Streaming star Alinity Divine opened up about the hate she receives online due to her past controversies, and addressed rumors of being responsible for Dr Disrespect’s Twitch ban during a broadcast with psychiatrist Dr K.

Alinity Divine is a popular personality on Twitch, boasting over 1.2 million followers on the platform — as well as her fair share of haters, having received ample criticism due to controversial instances throughout her career as a top broadcaster.

However, the hate against the star was exacerbated following the surprising Twitch ban against streamer Dr Disrespect in late June, with trolls accusing her of being responsible for the incident after the release of a purportedly faked Reddit post.

Alinity and her cat
Alinity, Instagram
Twitch star Alinity Divine opened up about the constant harassment she receives online, as well as the rumors circulating that allege she was responsible for the surprise ban of Dr Disrespect.

While the exact reason for the Doc’s suspension is unknown at the time of writing, Alinity hit back against these accusations during a July 6 stream with Twitch psychiatrist Alok ‘Dr. K’ Kanojia, where she opened up about the constant hate she receives online.

“You have to understand, I became the punching bag of the internet,” she explained. “Dr Disrespect got banned, okay — I’ve never met the guy, never talked to him, ever had an interaction with the guy. He got banned, and I was trending on Twitter with his ban. People telling me that it was my fault he got banned.”

“People were harassing me, like, ‘Why did you get him banned?’” she continued. “‘Did you cheat with him?’ And I’m like, dude, what the f**k? So I became obsessed with finding out why he got banned, because I wanted to prove to these people that it had nothing to do with me.”

That’s not all; Alinity also admitted that she had developed harmful thoughts due to the hate she’s received over the years, claiming she wished she could ‘move on’ from the internet vitriol and even expressing a wish to go to prison over dealing with the constant harassment.

“I could kill myself,” she revealed during the stream. “I’ve thought about it so many days, so many times. I already had a plan on how I was going to do it.”

Luckily, Alinity also admitted that she has a few close friends who keep her from being alone, and later on admitted to the ridiculousness of internet hate culture and the wild rumors surrounding her.

This broadcast follows the streamer’s breakdown during a live stream on July 3, after which Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins apologized for a comment he’d made regarding Alinity throwing a cat over her head a year ago.

Alinity’s emotional conversation with Dr K also follows the death of streamer Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein, who tragically took his own life on July 2, leading to a greater discussion among the broadcasting community at large regarding online conduct and internet culture.

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LIRIK responds to people claiming El Rubius ‘copied’ his Twitch logo

Published: 17/Jan/2021 18:13

by Calum Patterson

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Veteran Twitch streamer Saqib ‘LIRIK’ Zahid was prompted by his viewers to discuss the similarities between his and El Rubius’s logos, as some fans suggested one of them had copied the other.

LIRIK has been streaming on Twitch since the very early days, and despite almost never showing his face on stream, remains one of the most popular ‘variety’ streamers on the Amazon-owned platform.

He will very consistently pull in tens of thousands of viewers, regardless of the game he is playing, and even without a facecam. Meanwhile, Rubén ‘Rubius’ Gundersen, a Spanish-Norwegian creator, first gained fame on YouTube a decade ago, but also regularly streams on Twitch.

Rubius is actually the 4th-most followed streamer on the platform, with over 8 million fans, while LIRIK boasts 2.7 million. The two serve different audiences, most obviously because one speaks English and the other Spanish.

El Rubius on Twitch
Twitter: Rubiu5
El Rubius is the most-followed non-English speaking streamer on Twitch.

But, there is one key similarity between them, and it’s something some of LIRIK’s fans pointed out – their logos.

LIRIK has used a Scottish Fold cat as the theme for his many channel emotes and logo for years, and his main logo features a cat grimacing with sharp teeth.

In January 2019, Rubius unveiled his new logo – which bore a striking similarity to the cat with sharp teeth used by LIRIK.

El Rubius and LIRIK logo
El Rubius / LIRIK
The two logos feature grimacing cats

LIRIK responds to Rubius logo comparison

Speaking on his stream, LIRIK said “There’s a streamer out there, Rubius, dude, his community is huge, I’m not even gonna- that’s like poking a f**king bee hive. So I’m not even going to say anything.”

“This is his logo, but, like, I don’t know if I had my logo before. The thing is, my logo’s kinda like, it’s a f**cking smile, there’s so many ways of looking at it. So it’s kind of like, whatever. I don’t really care. He’s probably a nice guy.”

However, LIRIK’s viewers were less sympathetic, spamming the chat with “stolen” and “DMCA” – joking about LIRIK making a copyright claim.

In fact, El Rubius’s logo strikes an even stronger resemblance to a design done for LIRIK’s merch by Rocket_Lion way back in 2017. It’s safe to say that this particular ‘cat grimace’ logo belonged to LIRIK before Rubius, who unveiled his in 2019.

There are noticeable differences too of course – Rubius’s cat is sporting a hood, and has very different eyes.

This isn’t actually the first time that LIRIK’s logo has possibly been a strong source of inspiration. In April 2020, an esports team, NOFEAR5, was accused of copying the logo too.