Pokimane calls out ‘hypocritical’ gamer outrage against the President - Dexerto

Pokimane calls out ‘hypocritical’ gamer outrage against the President

Published: 5/Aug/2019 23:10 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 12:21

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Twitch superstar Imane ‘Pokimane‘ Anys has hit out at the ‘hypocrisy’ surrounding the US President comments about video games being a cause for violence and the outrage that followed statements. 

After the two tragic mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, Texas on August 3 and in Dayton, Ohio on August 4, politicians and current US President laid some of the blame onto video games for their violent nature, claiming that they had some influence on the shooters’ actions.

The gaming community was outraged by the comments and refuted them heavily, with many players stating that video games had never influenced or caused them to be violent. However, Pokimane had something to say about the backlash during her stream on August 5.

Pokimane thinks the outrage is hypocritical

While reading Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau’s tweet about the President’s comments during the broadcast, the Twitch star addressed the fury from video game players.

“Ohhhh, and you know what’s kinda troll too?” she asked. “That like, we’ve let the President say and get away with so much shit.”

She added: “And then he attacks… he attacks video games and we’re like “RACISM! I can allow that! But video games? Uh-uh-uh!'” she laughed as she wagged her finger back and forth, struggling to contain her amusement.

The Moroccan-Canadian then explained how she wished she could go back to Canada to avoid the political debate over video games altogether.

“Anyways, yeah, I’m not going to sit here and talk like I know that much about politics, but I’m just going to say this makes me want to go back to Canada where my video games are appreciated.”

The US Presidents statement on video games

Pokimane’s reaction came after the US President issued a speech to condemn “gruesome and grisly” video games, following the Texas and Ohio mass shootings.

“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves in a culture that celebrates violence. We should stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately,” he stated.

The tragic incidents saw at least 29 lives taken and 53 people seriously injured.


Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.


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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.