Twitch has revoked popular streamer Jenna’s partnership with the broadcasting platform, after a series of old messages containing racist and homophobic slurs from her Discord channel came to light on social media on January 13.
The personality became the center of a controversy after racist and homophobic messages sent on her private Discord server—some of which dated back to 2016, and as recently as December 2019—were made public on /r/livestreamfails.
Jenna has been de-partnered by Twitch after years of racist and homophobic messages were revealed earlier this month.
Now, 16 days after the initial release of the messages, Twitch has made the move to strip Jenna of her partnership on the Amazon-owned platform. She is still able to stream, but she will have no partner or affiliate benefits.
“I was unpartnered on Twitch today. I understand and respect their decision, and I am happy they are standing against hate,” the 21-year-old said, after confirming the news. “It brings me joy I am in a community that will protect the oppressed.”
Jenna also added a message directed at Twitch, suggesting she was aiming to return to the partnership program in the future: “ If you allow me, I will regain your trust, and the community’s, with my future actions.”
I was unpartnered with @Twitch today. I understand and respect their decision and Im happy they are standing against hate. It brings me joy I am in a community that will protect the oppressed.
Those sentiments echoed a similar message from Jenna when she was first “blindsided” by the initial Reddit post. The streamer, who boasts more than 263,000 followers, added she wanted to make the most of this “life-changing experience.”
“I am truly grateful for this… because it has caused me to open my eyes to the reality of my harmful words and behavior. I truly do care for people, and I genuinely am sorry if I ever hurt anyone with my words,” she said on January 17.
“I want people to simply exist in peace without feeling unaccepted, misunderstood, or that they aren’t loved. I hope that this change in myself and my community will help these goals be reached.”
The de-partnered personality has remained active on Instagram and Twitter, but hasn’t streamed since January 13.
Jenna has yet to officially confirm whether she’ll be remaining on Twitch after losing her elite status, though it appears she’s staying put for the time being considering she wants to “prove herself” to the Amazon-owned platform once more.
The de-partnered personality hasn’t returned with a livestream since the DMs were first leaked, and has given no indication when she may return. She has still been active on Instagram, however, where she boasts 228,000 followers.
This week has been a wild ride in all respects: From none other than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing Among Us with top streamers on Twitch to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel getting temporarily shadowbanned, there’s no shortage of things to talk about when it comes to internet drama, and we’ve got all the details you need to stay updated on the tea.
So… what’s brewing?
AOC plays Among Us with Pokimane, Hasan & more
AOC had a massive start on her first-ever Twitch stream, where she played Among Us with such stars as Pokimane, Hasan Parker and Dr Lupo.
Who’s involved? United States representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — commonly referred to as AOC — took to Twitter on October 19 to announce her very first Twitch stream. As for the game she wanted to play? Viral multiplayer title ‘Among Us,’ for which she got a ton of offers from super-popular streamers to play with her.
What’s the tea? Well, it’s not so much tea as it is a record-breaking broadcast, as AOC’s stream managed to rake in 4.6 million views in the eight hours after it ended. Featuring such names as Pokimane, Hasan Piker and DrLupo, it stands to reason that such a star-studded affair was a huge event for the platform, and viewers flocked to give it a watch as soon as possible.
Although the entire affair boasted a wealth of hilarious moments, her broadcast served as a reminder to ‘Get Out the Vote,’ encouraging US viewers to exercise their rights as citizens in the upcoming presidential election — managing to score 439,000 viewers while she was live.
What’s the tea? Footage from the altercation went viral across the net, showing Hall and his friends getting physical with restaurant staff. According to initial reports from TMZ, Hall had been asked to put away his vape pen and was later encouraged to leave, which resulted in the ensuing fight.
However, Hall later claimed that the restaurant manager had put hands on him first, after he’d unsuccessfully asked for his credit card back “10 times.” Things escalated when a friend tried to break up the situation, leading to the fight seen in the video.
This fight comes after an earlier scuffle Hall was involved in with a bystander at another Los Angeles-based restaurant a few weeks prior, which luckily ended in hugs all around.
What’s the tea? Despite being a massive presence on the website — on which he recently signed to exclusively stream — his channel failed to show up via YouTube’s search function on October 22, with fans noticing that his latest video only received 45k views hours after going live — a major dip for someone with so many dedicated viewers.
The YouTuber’s channel appeared to not be showing up in searches.
PewDiePie was quick to address the issue in a Community post, writing: “Yo, for some reason my videos aren’t showing up in sub box since yesterday so posting here.”
The Swedish star stated that his channel has not been working properly since October 21.
YouTube also made an official statement on the matter claiming that they were looking into the situation, which was later revealed to be a glitch in the system. Thankfully, PewDiePie’s channel is back up and running as usual, going to show that no one is above the platform’s idiosyncrasies.
What’s the tea? During an October 15 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast with sister Charli, Dixie revealed that her hair is falling out, after receiving extensions from popular TikTok hair stylist ‘Hair by Chrissy.’ Although she made sure not to name the stylist in question, the salon posted before and after photos from Dixie’s appointment, leading many fans to connect the dots in short time.
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“I don’t know if my hair is falling out, but I think it’s falling out from them,” she admitted. “So I’m like, kinda scared. I’m losing hair, but it’s connected to the extension… there’s like white pieces all at the end of each piece of hair.”
Needless to say, Hair by Chrissy has come under intense scrutiny from critics, with the salon having also faced backlash for alleged discriminatory practices and a flagrant disobedience of health and safety protocols in wake of the current health crisis.
“So, we cancelled all the shows,” Joe stated. “We’re happy he has a mild case, but we cancelled all the shows. I’m keeping away from everybody and testing myself and the staff everyday until we’re in the clear, there’s nothing we can do. I won’t know when we’ll do them [podcasts] again until we get a clear from the doctor. I think it’s ten days and three negative test results in a row.”
However, it looks like fans are getting their fix anyway, as Rogan announced that the podcast with Kanye West is airing, after all. The episode is set for October 24 a 12 PM Central Daylight Time.
There’s no denying that a lot has gone down in the past six days. What do you think of Bryce Hall’s latest fight at a restaurant? Do you believe his side of the story, or the manager’s? How do you feel about politicians taking to Twitch to encourage citizens to vote? Do you think Hair by Chrissy should be receiving all the backlash after Dixie’s hair troubles? Let us know on Twitter @DexertoTrending and comment what you think the biggest story of this week was!
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