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PewDiePie Takes Another Shot at Alinity After Racial Slur and Admitting She Received Twitch Favors

Published: 24/May/2018 14:32 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:58

by Calum Patterson

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The on going dispute between YouTuber PewDiePie and Twitch streamer Alinity looked to be settled, but recently has sparked again, prompting PewDiePie to make a second video addressing the situation.

The dispute began following a video in which PewDiePie called Alinity and other female streamers ‘Twitch thots’, which Alinity responded to by threatening to ‘copy strike’ the video.

Clearly, PewDiePie’s video was protected on the grounds of fair use, given that it featured his own commentary and was ‘transformative’, but nonetheless he claims it did receive a copyright claim from Alinity’s agent, which was later removed.

In the aftermath, Alinity said live on stream that making (largely false) copyright claims on videos with her content was a form of monthly income for her, stating that the agency, CollabDRM, had sent her approximately $700 last month.

This sparked outrage amongst the community, and PewDiePie made his first response video following. He apologized for his use of the term ‘thot’, but was also heavily critical of Alinity’s blatant contempt for copyright law.

Alinity later posted a statement accusing PewDiePie of being ‘sexist’ in front of what she claimed was an impressionable young audience.

In response, PewDiePie has now released a new video, much more scathing than the first, in which he highlights Alinity’s very sexually suggestive stream content, her recent use of the N word (and subsequent preferential treatment from Twitch) – and even a suggestion that she broke Canadian immigration laws.

A summary of PewDiePie’s main points from his video is presented below.

“There’s this one clip, where she very publicly admits to committing marriage fraud. That she moved to Columbia and married this guy, just so she could move to Canada.”

She then very publicly admits that she’s been getting special favors from Twitch. […] Maybe this is the problem, she’s never been forced to be held accountable for her actions. Twitch, like she says, has been giving her favors: ‘Oh Alinity, you broke the terms of service, just delete this video and we’ll just move on’. 

When they are so strict on Twitch with these sort of rules, and people get banned all the time for this sort of thing.

And, on the very same live stream – I swear to God she’s just showing off that she’s untouchable at this point – she drops the N word. Twitch have very strict rules, people get banned all the time for this sort of thing, or at least, they have been very harsh on guys. 

Saying the N word in this context, it didn’t seem that bad. But then, for her to say ‘I can say the N word, because I’m 10% black’, and justifying it. Twitch has shown a clear bias for female streamers on the platform for a long time.”

You can watch the full video, entitled “BAN PEWDIEPIE”, below, with his new points beginning at around the 5:18 minute mark.

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.