Gootecks finally responds to Twitch removing his PogChamp emote

Published: 18/Jan/2021 20:40 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 21:11

by Michael Gwilliam


Street Fighter pro and Cross Counter TV founder Ryan ‘Gootecks’ Gutierrez has finally responded after Twitch removed his famous PogChamp emote for allegedly “encouraging violence.”

On January 6, Gootecks asked his fans on Twitter if there would be “civil unrest for the woman who was executed inside the Capitol” after the day’s controversial events unfolded.

Shortly after making this remark, Twitch deemed that Gutierrez was “encouraging further violence” and made the decision to remove the emote, further noting they “can’t in good conscience continue to enable use of the image.”

While a temporary solution is underway, with a new PogChamp emote popping up every twenty-four hours, Gootecks doesn’t approve of the way Twitch handled the situation.

In a new response video uploaded to the Cross Counter TV YouTube channel, the original face of the emote pointed out some interesting inconsistencies from Twitter and Twitch. (Segment begins at 19:00)

Primarily, he noted how Twitter made the decision to ban the US President’s account for “encouraging violence,” but not Gootecks’ tweet.

“It’s not like Twitter isn’t going through people’s tweets with a fine-tooth comb to determine whether or not they’re inciting violence, am I right?” he rhetorically asked. “And I’m not saying that I have the type of reach and influence that the President does, I’m just saying that I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my account got locked after what I posted.”

From this, he pulled up tweets he made that resulted in Twitter locking his account, but his tweet about civil unrest wasn’t a culprit, suggesting that it was fine by Twitter’s standards.

“They’re looking for people that are trying to incite violence, but that’s not what they found on my account,” he said. “So, why is it then, that Twitch seems to have decision making super powers? Because in less than three hours from when I uploaded the video, they made the decision to remove PogChamp as a global emote.”

“You can’t make this stuff up,” he concluded, ending his video.

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The iconic PogChamp emote was removed on Twitch.

So far, it doesn’t seem like Twitch has any plans to reinstate Gootecks as the face of PogChamp, but they do understand the emote’s importance in the platform’s culture.

In any case, we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds for the emote as 2021 rolls on.


That Vegan Teacher responds to TikTok ban for alleged “community violations”

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:48 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 0:50

by Jacob Hale


Notorious TikTok vegan That Vegan Teacher has created a video response after being banned on the platform for allegedly violating several community guidelines.

That Vegan Teacher, real name Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, has clocked up around 1.5m followers on the app and is known for her very firm vegan beliefs, which she frequently preaches on the app.

She’s also had several run-ins with other top names — including, notably, Minecraft sensation 16-year-old TommyInnit, whose fans bombarded her with hate comments after she suggested someone help him feel more comfortable around girls.

Now, after rumors that she had been arrested in January 2021 (which was proven false), she seems to have been banned from the app altogether.

ThatVeganTeacher on TikTok
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ThatVeganTeacher has been a divisive figure on TikTok.

Why was That Vegan Teacher banned on TikTok?

At the time of writing, there’s no clear explanation as to why That Vegan Teacher has been banned on TikTok, with neither her nor TikTok coming out with an explanation.

While the reason hasn’t been confirmed, a disclaimer on her TikTok profile suggests it’s due to multiple Community Guidelines violations.

This could be any number of things, so it’s impossible to speculate on what exactly the violations could be, and we’ll have to wait for official confirmation before reporting it. According to TikTok’s guidelines though, her misdemeanor could fall under any of these categories:

  • Violent extremism
  • Hateful behavior
  • Illegal activities and regulated goods
  • Violent and graphic content
  • Suicide, self harm and dangerous acts
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Adult nudity and sexual activities
  • Minor safety
  • Integrity and authenticity
  • Platform security
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That Vegan Teacher’s TikTok now shows no followers, likes or posts.

That Vegan Teacher has in the past had her videos reacted to by top celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, who didn’t seem her biggest fan, and Russell Brand for her divisive takes.

That Vegan Teacher responds to her TikTok ban

A short time later, That Vegan Teacher created a video response to the situation, which she uploaded to YouTube with all comments and likes/dislikes turned off.

In her video, the controversial TikToker accused her critics of being “scared” of telling kids “the truth” about veganism, and alleged that her ban was the work of “veganphobic” users. In her video description, she also alleged that her home had been “attacked” by critics, who left “dead animal parts” on her front door and – even purportedly doxed her personal information.

That’s not all; some TikTokers believe that Vegan Teacher may have started using a new TikTok account, although these rumors have yet to be fully verified at the time of writing.

Previously, she has drawn comparisons between animal cruelty and atrocities such as the Holocaust, which is likely a large contributor to why TikTok users would report her and the platform would ultimately kick her off.