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Bryce Hall denies “racism” accusations following outrage over photo pose

Published: 29/Jun/2020 17:30 Updated: 29/Jun/2020 17:48

by Jacob Hale

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TikTok star Bryce Hall has laughed off accusations that he is “making fun of Asian people” in some videos and photos, due to a pose he regularly pulls.

It’s fair to say that Bryce Hall has struggled to shy away from controversy in recent months, having apologized for an “insensitive” LGBTQIA+ tweet, as well as being arrested on charges of marijuana possession at the tail end of May.

He has, however, plead his innocence over more recent accusations of racial insensitivity, defending his corner during a TikTok live session after numerous social media posts and comments calling him out.

The pose commanded some criticism from fans and haters alike, calling out his lack of sensitivity over what he is doing, with some simply calling him racist because of it.

Hall was clearly astonished by the accusations, explaining his side of the scenario to fans who tuned in on TikTok.

“I did something like this,” he said, placing his finger beside his eye, “and people were saying that I was making fun of Asian people.”

He continued: “First off, big shock by the way guys, I’m Asian. Yeah, I know. A lot of you probably didn’t know that. Second, I wasn’t making fun of Asian people. I literally am just like ‘what the s**t?’”

 

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Obviously, some people are torn on what to think of the situation. Many believe that Bryce is as innocent as he claims, while others have simply asked him to “stop deleting videos that are racist and homophobic and just apologize.”

Needless to say, Bryce doesn’t think there’s an issue, and is insistent that he wasn’t ever “making fun of Asian people” – especially given his Filipino background – laughing off accusations during the TikTok live session and clearly mindblown by the entire ordeal.

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Pokemon releases Pikachu ASMR and fans are loving it

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:41 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 20:47

by Brent Koepp

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The Pokemon Company surprised fans on December 3 with a special ASMR video hosted by Pikachu. The odd YouTube upload went viral after players of the Nintendo RPG couldn’t get enough of it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996 and quickly took the world by storm. Decades later, the Nintendo property has surpassed titans such as Disney and Marvel to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. From cards to t-shirts, consumers can’t get enough of the beloved series.

On December 3, fans were surprised when the series’ mascot, Pikachu, hosted an ASMR video. Players unfamiliar with the audio phenomena that has swept YouTube and Twitch found themselves surprised by how much the Electric-type’s sounds made them feel relaxed.

Screenshot of Snorlax sleeping in the Pokemon anime.
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Pokemon fans can now lay back like Snorlax with Pikachu ASMR.

Pikachu relaxes Pokemon fans with ASMR

ASMR, which stands for auto sensory meridian response, is a phenomenon where certain sound frequencies cause listeners to get tingles or chills. The category has exploded on sites like YouTube where millions tune in to watch personalities whisper into a mic – yeah, it sounds weird on paper.

Now, The Pokemon Company has shared their own take on the medium by releasing an upload that features lovable mascot Pikachu. Despite only being out mere hours at the time of writing, the video has racked up over 369k views.

For over 15 minutes, the Gen I character interacts with objects around the room, while also shuffling and rolling across the floor.  The adorable ‘mon even whispers its iconic “Pika Pika” catchphrase from various angles.

Despite not being the usual content the Pokemon community expects, fans absolutely loved it. One user exclaimed, “I never knew I needed a Pikachu ASMR!” Another viewer agreed and wrote, “The comfiest thing I have ever heard.” Some even wanted more ASMR content featuring other Pokemon: “I need the Eevee version of this.”

Pokemon fans comment on ASMR Pikachu YouTube upload.
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Fans absolutely love the video.

While ASMR isn’t for everyone, the unexpected Pikachu video has been a major hit with the community. Maybe Nintendo was actually onto something big with their Pokemon Sleep project after all.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, the Game Freak franchise has never been more popular. Fans have a lot to be excited for as the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, with many surprises to come.