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Gross Gore destroyed by Ninja after rant over True Geordie podcast

Published: 3/Dec/2019 11:39

by Matt Porter

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins had the perfect response to verbal criticism from fellow streamer Ali ‘Gross Gore’ Larsen who was furious when the Mixer star called him out on an episode of the True Geordie podcast.

Gross Gore took aim at Ninja back in August, when it was announced that the 28-year-old was leaving Twitch in favor of signing an exclusive deal with Microsoft-owned platform Mixer.

The Brit labeled his streaming peer a “sellout,” and the move “disrespectful,” and when discussing his move on an episode of the True Geordie Podcast with Brian ‘True Geordie’ Smith and Laurence McKenna, Ninja called Gross Gore “the biggest douche I’ve ever seen,” and stated that his criticism was “bulls**t.”

Unsurprisingly, Gross Gore was unhappy with the streamer’s decision to blast him, posting a video on Twitter with the caption; “Have the f**king balls to say my name before you try and sly diss me again.”

“True Geordie and Ninja are talking about me on the latest podcast,” he said. “Am I (the biggest douche)? Really? Have I ever f**king been wrong? Never, you stupid w**k.”

“I look like a douche? You’ve got smurf f**king hair mate. What are you on about? You couldn’t handle the truth. I’m so glad I’m in your f**king brain Ninja. I’m so glad you’re still thinking of me.”

While some may have been stunned by the Twitch streamer’s outburst, Ninja appeared to take his jabs in his stride, sending back a simple: “Who are you?” in response to the video that had Twitter users in stitches at the brutal nature of his response.

Gross Gore chose not to respond to Ninja, but that didn’t stop him from getting in another confrontation, sounding off at YouTuber JJ ‘KSI’ Olatunji who challenged him to a sparring session.

During his appearance on the True Geordie Podcast, Ninja also discussed why he wants to be recognized as the world’s greatest gamer, and also explained why his move to Mixer was partly to help other Twitch broadcasters.

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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.