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Charli D’Amelio overtakes Loren Gray to become most followed TikTok star

Published: 25/Mar/2020 9:53

by Virginia Glaze

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Competitive dancer and social media star Charli D’Amelio has finally surpassed fellow content creator Loren Gray as TikTok’s most-followed account after days of steady growth on her profile.

Gray, who sat at the top of TikTok with over 41.2 million followers, has been dethroned as the queen of the viral video platform after steadily reigning as the site’s most-followed account for months.

With a huge audience on both Instagram and YouTube — boasting 18.9m followers and 3.7m subscribers, each — the seventeen-year-old certainly isn’t hurting for viewers, but her famous status on TikTok has now been passed to another.

Loren Gray, Instagram
TikTok star Loren Gray has been surpassed in followers by fellow celeb Charli D’Amelio, whose quick rise to fame continues to shock fans the world over.

At just fifteen years old, D’Amelio has also become a young social media sensation, garnering huge numbers seemingly overnight due to her viral dance videos. Now, she sits at 41.3 million TikTok followers, bettering all other users on the platform.

Seeing similar growth on YouTube, alongside the likes of fellow TikToker Addison Rae, D’Amelio is the new generation’s top content creator — but it isn’t all sunshine and roses for the social media celeb.

Charli D'Amelio, Instagram
Competitive dancer and content creator Charli D’Amelio now sits at the top of TikTok as the site’s most-followed user.

Despite her success (and moving into the seriously lavish Hype House), Charli revealed that fame comes with a huge cost, claiming that she’s been harassed by past acquaintances and even followed into bathroom stalls by fans hoping to get a picture.

“Some people will try and go live and try to talk bad about me,” she revealed in a video with makeup artist James Charles. “Try to make me look like a person I’m not, in a bad way. It’s weird seeing how people switch up.”

Charli D'Amelio, YouTube
D’Amelio’s TikTok fame has already seen some backlash, with members of the cosplay community becoming outraged over a video that they felt poked fun at anime fans.

Despite the competition for follows, it doesn’t look like Gray and D’Amelio have any beef, with Gray even citing the young TikTok star as one of her favorite content creators, alongside other members of the Hype House.

With both TikTokers rising for fame at such a young age, only time will tell where social media stardom takes these two creators next — and considering their massive fanbases, its safe to say they’re here to stay.

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Twitch emotes explained: KEKW, Kappa, TriHard, Jebaited, more

Published: 16/Jan/2021 12:29

by Calum Patterson

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Trying to understand Twitch emotes and Twitch chat culture? Here, we’ll explain the meaning of some of Twitch’s most common and quirky emotes, to help you fit right in, and stop being a ‘normie’ or a ‘YouTube frog’.

If you’re new to Twitch, the chat can actually be a somewhat daunting experience. Years of inside jokes, memes and references you might not have a clue about have taken on a form of their own.

Think of this as your starters guide to some of Twitch’s best emotes, that truly make the platform what it is for chatters. Some of these emotes have deep roots in internet culture, such as KEKW, now one of the most popular.

It’s also worth noting that many of these emotes are not actually even on Twitch natively. Many users have extensions such as FrankerFaceZ and Better Twitch TV (BTTV), which add in countless new custom emotes. So, you might be seeing the word KEKW in chat and have no idea what’s going on.

KEKW

KEKW is a FrankerFaceZ emote that is used on Twitch to represent laughter, when a funny moment occurs on stream.

One of the trendiest emotes on Twitch in 2020, KEKW comes from the classic clip of El Risitas laughing on Spanish TV.

KEKW emote on TwitchKEKW is now one of the most popular emotes to represent laughing on Twitch.

What does KEKW mean on Twitch?

You’ve probably seen countless meme versions of this video. KEKW is simply his face laughing, representing a hilarious moment on stream.

If a streamer says or does something that has viewers in hysterics, chat will almost certainly light up wit KEKW spam. Although, there are a few competing emotes too, such as LULW.

LULW

Just like it’s counterpart KEKW, LULW is a zoomed-in version of the Twitch default emote, LUL. This emote is the face of the late video game YouTuber, critic and commentator John ‘TotalBiscuit’ Bain.

LULW emote on TwitchLULW is often a KEKW alternative on Twitch.

What does LULW mean on Twitch?

LUL was actually removed from Twitch, before being reinstated after Bain’s death from cancer in 2018. A cartoon version of the emote took its place. LULW is from the original version of the LUL emote.

There is a debate about which emote is better: LULW or KEKW. So far, KEKW is winning the war as it has almost double the usage of LULW in 2020.

Kappa

Kappa is a default global Twitch emote, and for a long time was the most popular on the platform. It’s since been dethroned, but it’s potentially still the most iconic of all emotes.

Kappa emote on TwitchKappa is an iconic Twitch emote, possibly the most recognizable.

What does Kappa mean on Twitch?

Kappa is actually the face of Josh DeSeno, an employee at Twitch back when it was called Justin.TV. His classic facial expression here is used to represent sarcasm.

So, if someone says something questionable in chat, but follows it up with a Kappa, then you’ll know they were being tongue-in-cheek. There are also countless variants of Kappa, including KappaPride, which is used to represent support for the LGBT+ community.

PogChamp

Perhaps just as iconic as Kappa, there is PogChamp. Up until 2021, PogChamp enjoyed a controversy-free reign on Twitch. But, the face behind the emote, Gootecks, was adjudged by Twitch to have made comments on social media worthy of the emote being removed.

pogchamp emote on TwitchPogChamp was removed from Twitch in 2021, but lives on in other ways.

What does PogChamp mean?

PogChamp is a global Twitch emote, used to express excitement, amazement or disbelief, usually when a streamer pulls off an impressive play, a big clutch, or a talented skill.

PogChamp has countless variations, including Pog, PogU, POGGERS, WeirdChamp, and many more. Since its removal from Twitch, the platform has instead rotated different streamers pulling a PogChamp-like expression as a replacement.

Jebaited

Jebaited is a global Twitch emote, and is the face of Alex Jebailey. Jebailey is the founder and CEO of Community Effort Orlando events.

Jebaited emote on TwitchJebaited is for those moments when a streamer gets ‘baited’

What does Jebaited mean?

The clue is in the name with this emote – it’s all about being baited.

Jebaited is one of the most useful emotes on Twitch, especially when the streamer is playing a game and is literally ‘baited’ by an opponent. But chatters can be baited too, when they expect the streamer to do something interesting or impressive, only to fall short.

TriHard

TriHard is a global Twitch emote, but also happens to be one of the most controversial. It depicts streamer TriHex, pulling what he has described as a very awkward smile. The original picture was taken at an anime convention, and TriHex was happy about having his DragonBallZ image signed.

TriHard emote on TwitchTriHard is probably the most controversial emote on Twitch.

What does TriHard mean?

TriHard can represent joy, success after winning a hard game (e.g. trying hard), surprise, or a number of other reactions.

But, TriHard has a contentious history. Even though TriHex himself likes the emote and is happy for it to be on Twitch, other streamers have actually banned it from their chats, including HasanAbi.

This is because it has taken on a darker use – spammed in chat when a black person appears on stream. In fact, it’s the reason that xQc was suspended from the Overwatch League, after he was adjudged to have put the emote in chat when caster Malik Forte appeared on stream. The OWL said he had used the emote in a “racially disparaging” manner.

TriHard is often paired with the number 7, as TriHard 7, with the 7 intended to look like a salute.

cmonBruh

cmonBruh is another global Twitch emote which is a classic, but similarly controversial one. It’s exact origin is unknown, but it has been on Twitch since 2016.

cmonbruhCmonBruh has a controversial status as a Twitch emote.

What does cmonBruh mean?

Although it can be used to express confusion, surprise or disapproval, cmonBruh is commonly used to question if something was potentially racist.

So, if a streamer or another chatter says something that could be construed as racist, cmonBruh often fills up the chat. For this reason, cmonBruh is also controversial, with some arguing the emote is itself racist.

Regardless, it remains a popular global emote, and has variants such as ‘hyperBruh’ – a red version used when something is even more obviously discriminatory. Such emotes have been banned in the chats of various streamers, including Hasan and xQc.

BibleThump

For a more wholesome emote, it’s all about BibleThump. Another global Twitch emote, BibleThump is used when something is sad, and you want to express being tearful in chat.

biblethump emote twitchBibleThump is always useful for those emotional moments on stream.

What does BibleThump mean?

BibleThump was made more popular thanks to the ‘i cry everytim’ meme, and the website ICryEveryTime, which people would send when something sad happened. The page is literally just lots of BibleThump emotes accompanied by sorrow orchestral music.

It literally just means crying, but is often used in a more sarcastic sense, than to represent genuine sadness.

haHAA

haHAA is a BTTV emote used to express cringe, or when something tries to be funny but isn’t. You can use this when you want to mock something or someone being unfunny, despite their best efforts.

hahaa emote twitchWhen something is too cringeworthy, just use haHAA

What does haHAA mean?

haHAA features a man grimacing, doing a fake laugh of sorts. The face behind the emote is Shy Ronnie, from The Lonely Island band, real name Andy Samberg.

Introduced in 2016, it has fallen out of popularity somewhat, as alternatives like ‘WeirdChamp’ have taken its place. But, you’ll still see haHAA’s used regularly when there is cringe on display – which is pretty common on Twitch.


Twitch emotes fall in and out of popularity and trendiness over time, but these emotes have remained ever-popular.

There’s also whole sub-sections of memes, such as the various ‘Champ’ emotes, and the endless variations of Pepe the Frog. These basics should help you get started though, and you’ll be an emote connoisseur in no time.