Popular World of Warcraft streamer Asmongold has hit out at Twitch for supposedly allowing a member of their new Safety Advisory Council, ‘FerociouslySteph’, to make ‘discriminating’ comments.
Shortly after Twitch announced its new Safety Advisory council (a group of streamers, academics, and leaders that was put together to advise the company on online safety issues), one of the members received a lot of backlash over a series of clips from her stream.
Twitch streamer and council member Steph ‘FerociouslySteph’ Loehr was under fire after she made some comments during her recent broadcasts, calling for voice chat to be removed from video games and along with some controversial takes about “cis white males.”
WoW streamer Asmongold later voiced his own thoughts on the controversy during his May 16 stream, addressing FerociouslySteph’s comments and calling Twitch out for double standards.
“It’s ridiculous and at the same time this person can say negative things about white people and it’s fine, If I said that about black people or trans people I would be banned,” he explained.
“They do it and it’s completely ok and Twitch accepts it.” Asmongold claimed, comparing the situation to a classic fairy tale, “It’s the Emperor’s New Clothes and everyone is afraid to say what’s f***ing obvious.”
After claiming that many of Twitch’s top streamers such as xQc, Summit, or LIRIK would have been banned for saying something similar, Asmongold also claimed that it was unfair for people to be judged based on their race.
“I think that it’s wrong if somebody is going to sit there and say that, as a white person, I find this offensive. I don’t want somebody to say negative, denigrating things about me based off my race,” the WoW streamer added.
Asmongold then finished by calling for Twitch to rectify this “discrimination” and admitted that he was offended by some of FerociouslySteph’s comments.
“I thought this was America where people get to be treated [on] how they act, and not based off what they look like,” he said, “this is plain f***ing discrimination and if anybody had said that about anyone else they would be off the platform but this person is being endorsed by Twitch and that is offensive to me, and it’s not fair, and its wrong, and Twitch needs to fix it.”
Following much of the backlash, FerociouslySteph later made claims that some of her quotes had been misrepresented, clarifying what she meant, on Twitter, about her voice chat comments.
I have never and will never say most gamers are white supremacists. White men have the most privilege when it comes to voice chat communication. This statement has riled more than a few white supremacists. Remember having privilege does not invalidate your hardships.
Twitch has acknowledged the backlash directed at Loehr, but have claimed that she is being harassed. The platform told Newsweek “it is unfortunate to see a member of the advisory council targeted for harassment.”
This week has been a wild ride in all respects: From none other than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing Among Us with top streamers on Twitch to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel getting temporarily shadowbanned, there’s no shortage of things to talk about when it comes to internet drama, and we’ve got all the details you need to stay updated on the tea.
So… what’s brewing?
AOC plays Among Us with Pokimane, Hasan & more
AOC had a massive start on her first-ever Twitch stream, where she played Among Us with such stars as Pokimane, Hasan Parker and Dr Lupo.
Who’s involved? United States representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — commonly referred to as AOC — took to Twitter on October 19 to announce her very first Twitch stream. As for the game she wanted to play? Viral multiplayer title ‘Among Us,’ for which she got a ton of offers from super-popular streamers to play with her.
What’s the tea? Well, it’s not so much tea as it is a record-breaking broadcast, as AOC’s stream managed to rake in 4.6 million views in the eight hours after it ended. Featuring such names as Pokimane, Hasan Piker and DrLupo, it stands to reason that such a star-studded affair was a huge event for the platform, and viewers flocked to give it a watch as soon as possible.
Although the entire affair boasted a wealth of hilarious moments, her broadcast served as a reminder to ‘Get Out the Vote,’ encouraging US viewers to exercise their rights as citizens in the upcoming presidential election — managing to score 439,000 viewers while she was live.
What’s the tea? Footage from the altercation went viral across the net, showing Hall and his friends getting physical with restaurant staff. According to initial reports from TMZ, Hall had been asked to put away his vape pen and was later encouraged to leave, which resulted in the ensuing fight.
However, Hall later claimed that the restaurant manager had put hands on him first, after he’d unsuccessfully asked for his credit card back “10 times.” Things escalated when a friend tried to break up the situation, leading to the fight seen in the video.
This fight comes after an earlier scuffle Hall was involved in with a bystander at another Los Angeles-based restaurant a few weeks prior, which luckily ended in hugs all around.
What’s the tea? Despite being a massive presence on the website — on which he recently signed to exclusively stream — his channel failed to show up via YouTube’s search function on October 22, with fans noticing that his latest video only received 45k views hours after going live — a major dip for someone with so many dedicated viewers.
The YouTuber’s channel appeared to not be showing up in searches.
PewDiePie was quick to address the issue in a Community post, writing: “Yo, for some reason my videos aren’t showing up in sub box since yesterday so posting here.”
The Swedish star stated that his channel has not been working properly since October 21.
YouTube also made an official statement on the matter claiming that they were looking into the situation, which was later revealed to be a glitch in the system. Thankfully, PewDiePie’s channel is back up and running as usual, going to show that no one is above the platform’s idiosyncrasies.
What’s the tea? During an October 15 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast with sister Charli, Dixie revealed that her hair is falling out, after receiving extensions from popular TikTok hair stylist ‘Hair by Chrissy.’ Although she made sure not to name the stylist in question, the salon posted before and after photos from Dixie’s appointment, leading many fans to connect the dots in short time.
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“I don’t know if my hair is falling out, but I think it’s falling out from them,” she admitted. “So I’m like, kinda scared. I’m losing hair, but it’s connected to the extension… there’s like white pieces all at the end of each piece of hair.”
Needless to say, Hair by Chrissy has come under intense scrutiny from critics, with the salon having also faced backlash for alleged discriminatory practices and a flagrant disobedience of health and safety protocols in wake of the current health crisis.
“So, we cancelled all the shows,” Joe stated. “We’re happy he has a mild case, but we cancelled all the shows. I’m keeping away from everybody and testing myself and the staff everyday until we’re in the clear, there’s nothing we can do. I won’t know when we’ll do them [podcasts] again until we get a clear from the doctor. I think it’s ten days and three negative test results in a row.”
However, it looks like fans are getting their fix anyway, as Rogan announced that the podcast with Kanye West is airing, after all. The episode is set for October 24 a 12 PM Central Daylight Time.
There’s no denying that a lot has gone down in the past six days. What do you think of Bryce Hall’s latest fight at a restaurant? Do you believe his side of the story, or the manager’s? How do you feel about politicians taking to Twitch to encourage citizens to vote? Do you think Hair by Chrissy should be receiving all the backlash after Dixie’s hair troubles? Let us know on Twitter @DexertoTrending and comment what you think the biggest story of this week was!
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