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IRL Twitch streamer punched and harassed by man for filming him

Published: 4/Oct/2020 19:07

by Theo Salaun


An IRL Twitch streamer was harassed, shoved, and allegedly punched by a stranger in Japan simply for filming him in public, causing the streamer to report the incident to Tokyo police.

The laws on filming people publicly in Japan are fairly nuanced, as they are in much of the world. Technically, it is legal for someone to use their camera for photographs and videos at their own discretion when out and about, but there are various instances in which doing so becomes illegal.

One such situation in which the legality of filming becomes much muddier is when making videos for commercial gain, a difficult line to toe as a Twitch streamer since the platform’s presence as a commercial entity is far less cut-and-dry than the shooting of an advertisement or television show.

In this situation, the bilingual Australian streamer ‘mari_kuri’ was outside of what appears to be a supermarket and was confronted by a stranger who seemed familiar with the streamer’s IRL content.


As the man explains, “you are making money,” but that he does not personally appreciate the act of being filmed: “If I see you, I am not enjoying. Because you are always taking a movie and you don’t want somebody taking a movie, because the last time I saw somebody was taking a movie … you run away.” 

The stranger’s argument appeared to be that he didn’t want to be filmed and that, therefore, the IRL streamer was making money off of people’s discomfort, which was hypocritical because he had seen mari_kuri “run away” from being filmed in the past. The argument then reached a boiling point when the streamer gave a simple response: “If you don’t want to be filmed, just walk away.”

It was a bizarre argument and one that didn’t reach a happy ending. After his “just walk away” comment was received poorly, mari_kuri was told that he should walk away, and he started to do so before being encroached upon and having his camera grabbed and mangled. At that point, it’s unclear exactly what happened but the streamer claims that he was physically aggressed.

“I don’t like Nigerians grabbing me and grabbing my camera and grabbing my bag, and you know, grabbing my shoulder and punching me while I’m trying to walk around,” he said. 

Ultimately, the incident was reported to the police later during the stream, but what happened after the report was filed remains unclear.

As Twitch continues its rise as a monetized platform, it will be interesting to monitor how governments handle the legality of the presently nebulous IRL streaming media, which is one of the website’s more popular forms of content.


David Dobrik responds to backlash after claiming he “hates nature”

Published: 27/Oct/2020 17:08

by Alice Hearing


After an onslaught of hateful comments, David Dobrik has responded to the backlash he faced for claiming that he “hates nature” on his Views podcast with Jason Nash.

As a huge YouTuber known for massive giveaways and wholesome content, Dobrik’s comments, if at all negative, can cause a stir among his fans. In the episode in question, Dobrik explains at length why he “hates nature,” and how outdoor activities really don’t do it for him.

“I cannot describe to you how much I f***ing hate nature,” Dobrik said. “I never knew I could be so angry at something. I was hiking in the mountains, and everybody I saw, I was just getting angry at. I was like, ‘Why are you here?’ I was so mad!”

“It feels so wrong because everybody loves nature,” he continued. “…what is so cool about something that’s been there… for millions of years! What is so cool about that? …it feels like everything I’ve worked for has been erased. I’m stuck with the dirt and the grass and the leaves.”

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Angry commenters described Dobrik as “close-minded”

Angry commenters had a lot to say about his opinions on the world around him and on his attitude about something as mundane as nature.

“I don’t justify it, but now I understand the hate that you get for being so closed-minded and kind of a d**k to your friends or the planet,” one person wrote. “I know that you have done great things like charities and donations. But DUDE, grow up a bit, you live in a bubble.”

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But in the latest episode of Views with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash, they discussed the backlash Dobrik faced and read out Dexerto’s article on the subject.

Dobrik explained that fans misunderstood his intentions: “I said I didn’t like nature and by this, I didn’t mean that I don’t care about the ecosystem where I think you shouldn’t recycle and I think you should litter. It was like I just literally do not care for walks.”

“I wasn’t joking about the actual nature but I was kind of like you guys are gonna really hate me for this. I didn’t think people would actually get mad and people are pissed.”

Since the latest episode has aired, angry commenters are nowhere to be seen. It seems that the adamant defenders of nature walks have been appeased.