LIRIK loses to impressive ‘Dr Disrespect’ lookalike character in UFC 3 - Dexerto
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LIRIK loses to impressive ‘Dr Disrespect’ lookalike character in UFC 3

Published: 19/Nov/2019 21:00 Updated: 19/Nov/2019 21:31

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer LIRIK was in for the fight of his life in UFC 3 when his online opponent ended up controlling the two-time himself, Dr Disrespect.

After loading into a match, LIRIK noticed his foe selected a created fighter to square down with his own in the octagon but had no idea what he was getting into until he had already agreed to the match.

Upon the match preview, the streamer saw that his opponent “TheWeebRipper” had crafted an incredible model of Doc himself with the hair, glasses, and suit all included through body modifications.

The shocked streamer laughed to himself at the created martial artist. “What the f*ck? Dude, that’s so well-done.”

The fight itself ended up being one for the ages with the created Dr Disrespect’s moveset looking like something the Streamer of the Year himself would use in combat with combos and even taunts.

Throughout the three rounds, the fight lasted, LIRIK was hit with elbows, spinning kicks, wild punches, jabs, and knockdowns. While he did manage to land a few good blows himself, it was clear he was no match for the power of electrifying entertainer.

As time ticked down in the third round, LIRIK was backed into the cage and hit with an impressive two-time kick – one to the body and another square to the face resulting in a knockout.

“That was such a good way to end it,” the impressed LIRIK applauded his nemesis. “I got one-twoed. Dude, that was funny sh*t.”

Created custom fighters have always been a significant source of entertainment in pro wrestling or UFC games because there’s no limit to how creative people can be. Anything from real people, cartoon characters, politicians, fictional icons, or even Twitch streamers can be designed as custom fighters.

For those wanting to see the real Doc fight, don’t get your hopes up. He pondered the idea of squaring off against other streamers after the Logan Paul – KSI rematch.

“I’m trying to think who’d I would hop in the ring within my profession,” he said. “Nobody is on my level in terms of athleticism and size.”

As it turns out, Doc may be too tough an opponent in both real life and video games.

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.