Madison Beer apologizes after controversy over her favorite book - Dexerto

Madison Beer apologizes after controversy over her favorite book

Published: 17/Jun/2020 13:06

by Jacob Hale


American musician and social media star Madison Beer has apologized for “romanticizing” a controversial book that depicts a relationship between a middle-aged man and a 12-year-old girl.

During an Instagram Live session on June 16, Beer was asked what her favorite book was, and she revealed that it was Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, first published in 1955 to much criticism due to its themes and suggestive motifs.

While it has come to be considered somewhat of an academic classic, many people obviously took offense to the star saying that she “romanticizes the book,” defending it in a series of now-deleted tweets.

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Madison’s love for Lolita appears to have cost her a few fans.

In the ensuing drama, Madison Beer herself was trending on Twitter, including the hashtag #MadisonBeerIsOverParty, which seems to have become a common hashtag for stars that social media users wish to ‘cancel.’

After a while, though, Madison appeared to see error in what she had said and how she had spoken about Lolita, and came out with an apology.

After revealing her favorite book, a fan responded saying “please tell me you don’t romanticize Lolita,” to which Beer said “I definitely do, but we’re not going to talk about that.”

In a series of now-deleted tweets (which can be seen in the Twitter thread above), Beer confirmed that she has always loved Lolita because it’s so controversial, telling an important story from a different point of view, adding that it’s “just a book.”

This, though, didn’t seem to impress some people, who demanded Madison realize why “romanticizing” Lolita isn’t acceptable.

By the evening of June 16, Madison released a statement on Twitter saying that she was “too flippant” with her responses during the Instagram Live session, saying that she should revisit Lolita to “read it through a new lens.”

While some still weren’t satisfied with her apology, many fans thanked her for realizing why they felt what she said was wrong. Madison may think twice before responding to such questions in the future, even for something as simple as her favorite book.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.