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Pokimane apologizes for “transphobic” attack helicopter comment

Published: 30/Sep/2020 15:59

by Jacob Hale

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Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has apologized over a “transphobic” comment made on her Instagram story, which some have said “invalidates trans people.”

Recently, Pokimane has made headlines as she hit out at the toxicity of fans on social media amid some TikTok drama — but now it seems as though the shoe is on the other foot.

Pokimane quickly received backlash for an Instagram story she posted on September 29, which was perceived to be transphobic and picked up traction on Instagram and Twitter.

The post, which originally was meant to knock the use of the word ‘simp’ for someone “being remotely nice to a girl,” actually ended up going the wrong way as she referred to people as “male, female, attack helicopter, other” — which was swiftly called out as transphobic.

“it’s 2020, attack helicopter ain’t f**king funny,” Twitter user grimtarot said. “Stop invalidating trans people.”

After realizing that she had offended people, Pokimane was quick to head over to Instagram again and clarify her point, apologizing for her “ignorance” and taking responsibility for the mistake.

“I so clearly missed the mark with this and I’m really sorry to anyone I’ve hurt or offended,” she said. “I don’t want to enable transphobic language or behavior, especially within the gaming space… I’ll do my best to be and do better.”

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Pokimane apologized for the ‘attack helicopter’ comment.

The Twitch star continued: “Offending/hurting others is never my intention, but that doesn’t invalidate people’s feelings or frustrations.”

She then shared a link for people to donate to a homeless black trans women fund, proving that it’s something she cares about and trying to help the situation, rather than hurt it.

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Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

 

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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”