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FaZe Clan’s Ewok comes out as transgender on National Coming Out Day

Published: 11/Oct/2020 22:29 Updated: 12/Oct/2020 1:05

by Theo Salaun

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FaZe Clan’s Soleil ‘Ewok’ Wheeler has celebrated National Coming Out Day by officially coming out as transgender and bisexual, making the 15-year-old streamer the first transgender guy on a T1 esports organization.

In July 2019, Ewok, a successful deaf Fortnite streamer, became the first girl to ever join FaZe Clan. A little over a year later, he has taken October 11’s National Coming Out Day as an opportunity to open up about his gender and sexuality following years of discomfort.

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Ewok took to Twitter to post the announcement, explaining that the past eight years were a personal struggle for him. While nervous about going public with his decision, Ewok states that this announcement is an effort to be true to himself, honest with his fans, and, hopefully, an opportunity to educate and impact others.

It appears that his impact on others is manifesting, as a swell of support and compassion for Ewok’s decision has vastly outweighed the predictable trolls in replies to his tweet.

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In his TwitLonger, Ewok introduces that he is transgender (FTM), should be referred to with male pronouns now (He/Him), and is also bisexual. Further, he delves into a little history of this decision as a means to explain the thought that’s gone into it.

I want to be open about it and educate people, but feel comfortable with myself. I never felt right in [a girl’s] body and struggled. When I was 11 years old, I dressed up like a boy and grabbed some of my little brother’s clothes. I took pictures. For [the] past eight years, I never was truly happy with myself and struggled.”

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With a September tweet, Ewok announced that he was a “new Ewok” with a brand-new haircut.

Ewok had around 200,000 followers on Twitch, streaming with the likes of superstars DrLupo and Ninja, when he was signed to FaZe back in 2019. As such a tremendous, positive force within the gaming community, fans should be thrilled to hear and support Ewok as he prioritizes his own mental wellbeing and transitions.

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“I was frustrated and angry at myself. I am working on it and I am getting better … I know the transition and stuff will be tough for me. I am nervous as hell … I truly appreciate it if you support. It means the world to me. Thank you. Thank you for being patient with me.”

It has been encouraging to see the overwhelming support for Ewok as he goes public with his transition. Fans of the streamer will continue being able to follow him on YouTube and Twitch, while thousands have already congratulated him on coming out across Twitter and Instagram.

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Borat set for first-ever Twitch stream alongside DrLupo: how to watch

Published: 20/Oct/2020 2:12

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Borat is one of the most iconic characters in the world, and now the Kazakh journalist is set to make his first appearance on Twitch tomorrow where he will ‘face off’ against DrLupo; here’s how to watch.

Borat is more than a national treasure to Kazakhstan. He’s a global icon and one of the funniest characters in the world.

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Sacha Baron Cohen first slipped into the Borat persona back in the nineties. But although he appeared in several hilarious skits and cameos, he didn’t explode in popularity until 2006, when the feature-film ‘Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan’ released worldwide.

For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a mockumentary that revolves around unscripted real-life interactions. Sacha Baron Cohen pretends to be Borat, a journalist from Kazakhstan. He travels around the US to learn more about their culture.

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But he purposefully presses their buttons and puts them in hilarious situations. He winds up people from all walks of life, which sometimes lands him in hot water.

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Borat debuts the infamous ‘mankini’ at 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

Fortunately, we’re lucky enough to experience it all over again with the imminent release of the sequel, ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.’

Seth Rogen claims he has already seen it around six times and said he “can’t wait to watch it a seventh.” He described it as “crazy and wonderful” and believes it has “a few of the funniest scenes [he’s] ever seen in a movie.”

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But that’s not all. To promote the movie, Twitch announced that Borat will make his first-ever appearance on their platform.

“For the first time ever, Kazakhstan’s biggest gamer will go live on Twitch,” the Amazon-owned platform announced on Oct. 20. “Very nice.” The best part is, he will ‘face off’ against DrLupo “in a battle for global supremacy.”

The stream goes live on October 20 at 3 pm PT. If you want to know where and how you can watch it, we’ve got you covered.

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How to watch Borat stream on Twitch

  • First, you’ll obviously need to wait until the time is right. However, it’s a good idea to tune in a little earlier as most streamers kick things off with a ten-minute countdown.
  • Then, all you need to do is tune in to DrLupo’s Twitch channel, which can be found here.
  • From that point onwards, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

There has been no official word on what games they’ll play. DrLupo has been dabbling in a bit of everything lately, from 7 Days To Die and Escape From Tarkov to Genshin Impact. Maybe even a bit of Among Us might be on the cards.

Of course, it’ll depend on what games Borat has available. For all we know, he might be an absolute machine on Call of Duty: Warzone or League of Legends. But we’re not counting on it.

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Either way, the stream is going to be a blast, and we can’t wait until it goes live.

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