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Hasan defends Mizkif amid 4Conner Twitch controversy

Published: 21/Feb/2021 16:20

by Luke Edwards

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Twitch streamer Hasan ‘HasanAbi’ Piker has stepped in to defend Mizkif, amid controversy over the racism allegations against 4Conner.

The incident involving Twitch streamer 4Conner is just the latest controversy the world of Twitch drama. On February 20, 4Conner had chat logs of past conversations leaked, which exposed racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic comments.

In the fallout since, 4Conner announced he was quitting Twitch for the foreseeable future, and issued an apology for his actions. Mizkif, who had collaborated with 4Conner in the past, announced he had banned the disgraced streamer from his house.

On Hasan’s stream, one viewer accused Mizkif of being “just like” 4Conner. “He’s just better at hiding it,” they said.

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4Conner issued an apology after offensive messages he sent were leaked.

Hasan backs Mizkif

The comment prompted an impassioned response from Hasan, who said in his experience Mizkif had never behaved improperly.

“So here’s the thing,” he said. “I don’t know his background, I don’t know what he did in the past but from all the interactions I have had with Mizkif, and I talk to him from time to time, he is not like this at all.

“I don’t know if people are trying to latch on and make extra drama out of it. He might have been a total s***head back in the day.

“But from what I have seen, either as a consequence of his success with Twitch or because he truly grew up a little bit and started to get better. He doesn’t seem like this at all.”

Mizkif has previously drawn criticism for his actions due to his association with controversial streamer Ice Poseidon, and was suspended from Twitch in 2019 for ‘inappropriate’ comments at an event. But he has only been banned once since then: for accidentally showing nudity on stream.

Hasan also condemned the comments made by 4Conner in the Discord channel.

“I love edgy humor,” he said. “But this is the most bottom of the barrel dogs***. You’re just going for shock value by saying super racist s*** with the hopes that people around you are going to respond.

“All you’re going to do is attract really horrible people who aren’t funny either.”

Whether Twitch will take official action on 4Conner is still unclear. Twitch’s policies do leave room for them to take action against streamers for their words and actions outside of the platform itself, and other streamers have faced punishment for comments made on other social medias.

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TikTok star Josh Richards and Mark Wahlberg launch Gen Z production company

Published: 23/Feb/2021 19:44

by Virginia Glaze

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Sway House member and social media star Josh Richards has partnered up with actor and producer Mark Wahlberg to kick off his very own Gen Z-centric media production company.

Josh Richards is no newbie when it comes to content creation and amassing a large audience; the social media star has garnered over 2.4 million subscribers on YouTube alone, scoring another 24 million followers on his primary platform, TikTok.

However, it seems that the personality behind the smartphone screen is transitioning to broader horizons after partnering with none other than actor Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas production company.

Together, these two giants are forming another media production company with a focus on Gen Z viewers. Dubbed CrossCheck studios, this company aims to “cater to Gen Z content creators across all sectors of entertainment” and is “focused on becoming the premier venue for internet-native creatives.”

 

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Whether or not Richards’ production company will launch full-fledged movies and tv shows remains to be seen, but it has already “put together a full slate of material” and is even “actively scouting new projects.”

“This is a real passion project for me that I’m going to pour my heart and soul into,” Richards said of his new venture. “We’re going to have a lot of fun along the way and build something great together. I would like to thank Mark, Lev and Archie for believing in a 19-year-old from a small town in Ontario. Now, let’s get to work.”

“I am impressed with Josh and all of the things he’s already accomplished,” Wahlberg commented. “We are looking forward to being in business with him and joining forces with CrossCheck Studios.”

With the likes of Charli D’Amelio and her family scoring their very own reality show on Hulu and rumors of Addison Rae potentially creating a song with Nicki Minaj, Richards’ newest partnership marks yet another huge milestone for internet-based content creators moving into the mainstream limelight.

Exactly what kind of content Richards’ company will put out remains to be seen, but it’s certainly exciting to imagine young innovators taking the reigns for a new generation of media.