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‘AT&T Girl’ Milana Vayntrub breaks down over harassment from ads

Published: 25/Aug/2020 18:51 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 14:42

by Virginia Glaze

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Actress and comedian Milana Vayntrub broke down in tears during a recent Instagram Live after receiving thousands of harassing comments due to her appearance in widely-popular AT&T commercials.

For those not in the loop, Vayntrub — an Uzbekistan-born, American entertainer — has become quite a popular figure in online circles as of late, gaining a wide array of admirers across the internet due to her physical attributes.

First appearing in AT&T advertisements from 2013 to 2016, Vayntrub has once again made waves after reigniting her stint as a spokesperson for the company in 2020 — but this time, the internet is taking their fandom a little too far.

A quick look at the comments on Vayntrub’s Instagram photos turns up a slew of inappropriate sentiments, with many making note of the comedian’s body in a less-than-positive manner.

It seems that these comments have gotten extremely out of hand, as evidenced by the actress’s Instagram Live on August 23, where she broke down over the near-constant harassment she receives on social media due to her looks.

“Maybe it just has to be with being a person on the internet, or maybe it’s specific to being a woman on the internet,” she began. “…all of these, ‘milk,’ ‘milkies’ comments, and ‘milk wagons,’ and all of that, it hurts my feelings.”

“I’m hurting, and it’s bringing up a lot of feelings of sexual assault, and I’m just like… you know?” she continued. “Walking my dog, and, getting messages from people who have distorted my pictures to get likes on their accounts.”

Despite Vayntraub’s plea to fans, it doesn’t seem like the harassment is dying down anytime soon, if the comments beneath clips taken from her viral Instagram Live are any indication of public sentiment.

“I could agree that maybe she doesn’t like the attention she has gotten, but she posted pictures like this on the internet,” one critic wrote, sharing a photo of the star. “Pretty sure she knew what was going to go down. She can wear anything, but she should know.”

Similar comments were also posted under popular Tweets using clips of the Instagram broadcast, which has since sparked conversation across the web about the objectification of women and online harassment.

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DragonForce’s Herman Li banned from Twitch amid DMCA drama

Published: 27/Oct/2020 13:36 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 13:50

by Lauren Bergin

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Popular music streamer and DragonForce guitarist Herman Li has had his Twitch account banned on October 27, with the reason still unknown.

In a shock move, Twitch has suspended popular musician Herman Li from streaming on the platform, which he uses to provide insight into the life of professional musicians, as well as to shred his guitar like the metal God that he is.

Known for being the lead guitarist of Grammy-winning heavy rock group DragonForce – the masterminds behind the infamous ‘Through the Fire and Flames’ that dominated every Guitar Hero players’ childhood, Li has been praised over the years for his musical talents.

The guitarist has become somewhat of an icon on the platform, so it shocked fans to see his channel was no longer available.

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Li has become not only a DragonForce icon, but a Twitch one too.

Is this a DMCA ban?

At the time of writing, the reason for Li’s ban is unknown. Twitch does not comment on moderation decisions as a matter of privacy.

Speculation though, is that the artist has been banned as part of the new wave of DMCA strikes that have been sweeping across Twitch. As a musical streamer, DMCA makes the lives of musicians particularly difficult. Many have and may be banned in the future due to these new regulations – even if they are playing their own music.

In April, Li was livid as Universal muted his music on YouTube.

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Neither Li nor Twitch have elaborated on why the ban has taken place. No matter the reason though, this news comes will come as a shock to both Li and his fans, especially when he addressed the Twitch ban situation directly on stream back in June, reassuring other streamers that using his band’s music would not result in a DMCA strike.

Li stated that: “We know all these crazy things are happening on Twitch, people getting banned, people getting taken down, DMCA, I can tell you, you can play any song from the latest DragonForce album, Extreme Power Metal, and you will not get a strike. I assure you, you will be ok. Because we are very good friends with our people from the record label, who also love Twitch, so you will not have a problem.”

We will update this story if more details on the reason behind Li’s suspension become clear.