Jinnytty confirms Twitch ban after The Last of Us 2 comments - Dexerto

Jinnytty confirms Twitch ban after The Last of Us 2 comments

Published: 24/Jul/2020 21:42 Updated: 25/Jul/2020 16:22

by Virginia Glaze


Popular influencer and variety streamer ‘Jinnytty’ has confirmed that she has been banned from Twitch for two weeks, admitting that the suspension came as a result of her comments about a character from The Last of Us 2.

Update, July 25: Jinny has now been unbanned, with her suspension lasting only eight hours. She posted a public statement to apologize for the incident.

The Last of Us Part 2 has been a divisive release among fans of the franchise, with many critics taking issue with key elements and characters in the title’s story.

One character in particular has seen ample discourse — Abby, a muscular, female character who received backlash from critics who claimed her body was too unrealistically “fit” for the game’s post-apocalyptic world.

Jinny’s ban from Twitch, which was made public via the StreamerBans Twitter account on July 24, is surprisingly tied into the conversation surrounding Abby, as she admitted in her private Discord channel shortly thereafter.

Abby from the Last of Us 2.
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Abby, a character in The Last of Us 2, has been met with some controversy from fans who felt she was unrealistically fit for the apocalypse, with some accusing the character of being transgender.

Screenshots taken by Dexerto from the channel show multiple messages from Jinny, with one reading, “I just got two weeks ban for calling Abby ‘transgender’ during The Last of Us 2. So called, ‘Hateful comment.’”

Jinnytty addresses TLOU comments on her Twitch ban.

Jinnytty addresses her comments on TLOU2, which resulted in her Twitch ban.

“Well, time to appeal,” she continued. “Aaaaand banned.”

Jinnytty addresses her comments on TLOU2, which resulted in her Twitch ban.

Jinnytty addresses her comments on TLOU2, which resulted in her Twitch ban.

A recovered clip of the incident has since been released, which shows that Jinny did, indeed, make the comment while playing as Abby during a portion of the game.

(Warning! Clip may contain spoilers.)

“I wanna see Ellie and Joel, like seriously,” she said. “I don’t wanna look at this transgender anymore. Please.”

“…what do you mean, ‘Woah, Jinny!’” she continued, in apparent reply to the backlash she may have received from her chat over the matter. “You guys call me transgender. …Oh my God, you know? I have no patience.”

While many of Jinny’s fans have argued that a two-week suspension seems a bit lengthy, plenty have expressed concern over her comment, with some claiming that she’s made similar remarks in the past.

Commenters weigh in on Jinnytty's Twitch ban.
Commenters were largely divided as to the reason for Jinny’s Twitch ban, with some feeling that two weeks was too long, while others felt her comments were problematic.

“I enjoy Jinny’s content a lot, but I’ve seen her do a lot of trans jokes but were super iffy,” one fan wrote. “I give her the benefit of a doubt that she doesn’t really get what she’s doing, since a lot of her humor comes from Twitch chat, but she needs to realize what she’s saying.”

Jinny has yet to make a public statement regarding the incident via her social media accounts, outside of confirming the ban via her Discord channel.


Streamers slam Twitch over new ‘Celebrations’ feature taking 50% of tips

Published: 24/Oct/2020 12:44

by Connor Bennett


Twitch have sparked controversy after testing their new ‘Celebrations’ feature again as they’ve begun ‘targeting’ donations – with a reported 50/50 split.

Plenty of Twitch viewers are desperate to get involved with their favorite streamer – either simply as an active member of chat or someone who supports the stream with their own money.

This typically comes through subbing to a channel, by purchasing bits from Twitch itself, or donating through a StreamLabs link. The first two of these options support both Twitch and the streamer as each party receives a cut of the money.

Donations, however, all go through to the streamer, usually through third parties like StreamLabs and PayPal, and Twitch doesn’t get a cut of those. That could be set to change with their new Celebrations feature – though it has sparked backlash.

TwitchViewers can support their favorite streamers through features like Bits.

The feature in question was being tested back in June, with subscriptions and bits kicking off an on-screen celebration animation which usually came in the form of fireworks.

However, with Twitch testing the feature again, streamer Zach Bussey noted that they are now targeting donations through Celebrations as streamers can set a donation amount that will trigger the animations. 

On top of this, Bussey noted that the split for these Celebration donations is set at 50/50 and says it’s being pushed “hard” as the button to trigger it has been placed prominently between the follow and subscribe buttons. 

With the news of the feature quickly spreading on social media, a number of streamers took aim at Twitch’s 50/50 split on the donations. 

“Thank f**k I can opt out, lol” tweeted streamer Vio, while others like ShannonZKiller and NeonDan urged their fellow creators and viewers to not use the feature if it does become a permanent addition on Twitch.

Others have speculated that, like mandatory ads, Twitch could work the feature into partnered streamer’s contracts in order to make sure that the feature is being used, should it be pushed out to everyone.

However, the streaming giants are taking feedback on the feature’s test from their streamers, so it could be in for some tweaks before everyone is able to use it.