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Pokimane defends going after YouTuber’s sponsor over “anti-simp” video

Published: 21/Jun/2020 19:55 Updated: 10/Sep/2020 2:35

by Brent Koepp

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On June 18, Twitch star Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys defended her actions after she called out the sponsor of content creator ‘ItsAGundam.’ The popular streamer hit out at the YouTuber after he jokingly called her fans “simps” in a video in May.

During a May 16 broadcast, Pokimane launched into a rant against YouTuber ItsAGundam after he mocked her fans. The streamer hit out at the company that sponsored him, and criticized them for putting their name behind a video that “talked s**t” on her for over 20 minutes.

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The Twitch star received backlash for her actions from some viewers who were upset that she went after another creator’s sponsorship deal. However a month later, the personality defended her actions, and explained why she thinks calling out companies for who they back is sometimes justified.

Twitch: Pokimane
The Twitch star called out a company for sponsoring a video mocking her fans.

Pokimane defends herself after sponsorship backlash

The streamer had just announced her clothing brand partnership with YouTubers Jacksepticeye and Markiplier when her controversy with ItsAGundam was brought up in the comments. Responding, the Moroccan-Canadian argued that it’s okay to go after sponsors depending on the content. “I don’t condone going after someone or their sponsors simply [because] you disagree with them or [because] you dislike them…I also think content that spreads lies, misinformation, and insults based on their looks shouldn’t be sponsored,” she tweeted.

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In a second tweet, she followed up by stating that the size of the Gundam’s channel was irrelevant, and that content like his can be damaging for both the subject being made fun of and their fans. “That sort of thing can traumatize people/fans + cause a lot of unnecessary hate. I understand if you disagree with my stance, but this is just my opinion, as you are allowed to have and share yours.”

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Twitter: @pokimanelol
The Twitch star defender her actions in a tweet on June 18.

Her post immediately sparked backlash from users such as ‘hiimmrci’ who argued that her rant against the YouTuber sent her fanbase to “attack his video, channel and sponsors.” Replying, the Twitch star exclaimed, “Have you ever considered the hate I get from videos that call me a th*t for no reason / lie about my fans? I specifically tell my viewers to not attack others.”

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Twitter: @pokimanelol
Pokimane’s defense of going after sponsors sparked new backlash.

ItsAGundam himself reacted to her defense on June 20, and was confused by her claims that he had “lied” about her. “So now I made the video to lie on her? she keeps spinning the narrative…I admitted my mistake, I made the video to laugh at funny tweets,” he said.

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Twitter: @GundamIsHere
It’sAGundam responded to Pokimane and was baffled by her statement.

After users pressed the Twitch star further about her saying the YouTube personality had lied, she clarified what her issue with the clip was. “The tweets he showed were blatant jokes/memes and he created a whole false narrative around it. They’re not real [people] going homeless from donations. I didn’t watch the full video and I’m not inclined to considering what I’ve already seen,” she tweeted on June 19.

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Twitch: Pokimanelol
The Twitch personality explained how she thinks Gundam’s video lied about her.

The popular streamer then told her followers that she had no desire to speak further on the issue, and reiterated her stance on the whole on the incident. Gundam has not commented further, except for a tweet that joked “Poki NOOOOo people were forgetting!”

Regardless of where you fall on the topic of content creators calling out sponsors, it has become a heated issue within the community lately. In May, both YouTubers Ethan’ h3h3′ Klein and Daniel ‘Keemstar’ Keem had sponsorships dropped after the companies were brought up in their feud.

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Despite the backlash, Pokimane continues to be a dominant force on Twitch. At the time of writing, the star has amassed over 5.1 million followers to her channel. In June, she announced that she’s moving out of the OfflineTV house to live with some of her close friends.

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Fake Lady Gaga tweet trashing Gabbie Hanna goes viral

Published: 13/Oct/2020 21:19

by Brent Koepp

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A fake tweet of Lady Gaga trashing YouTuber Gabbie Hanna went viral on social media. Users were tricked into thinking the Grammy Award-winning artist had mocked the influencer over her looks.

Lady Gaga is not only one of the top artists in the world with countless number one singles and 11 Grammy wins, she also boasts over 82 million followers on her Twitter account.

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On October 10, the singer went viral on the social media platform when she appeared to trash YouTuber Gabbie Hanna with a harsh tweet. Thing is, the post was 100% fake.

gabbie hannaGabbie Hanna in her latest music video “Call Me Crazy.”

Fake Lady Gaga tweet mocking Gabbie Hanna goes viral

The whole firestorm started on October 10 when Gabbie Hanna tweeted out a side-by-side photo of herself and the pop star. The YouTuber compared her latest look to Gaga, stating, “twinning!! <3”

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Not long after, the post exploded on Twitter, attracting both fans and critics. Before being deleted by the influencer, the tweet had received thousands of retweets and replies.

The YouTuber then went viral when a Gaga fan posted a fake tweet of the chart-topping singer supposedly reacting to Hanna’s comparison. “When an uglee stranger calls you twin. No B**ch,” the fake message read. Thousands of users retweeted the image, with many believing it to be real.

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Twitter: @EnigmaticGaga
A fake Lady Gaga tweet trashing Gabbie Hanna went viral.

The fake tweet even contained a “response” from Katy Perry. Despite being a joke, the image took off on Twitter. At the time of writing, the post has over 389.k likes and 44.8k retweets.

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This isn’t the first time the YouTube personality has brought up looking like Gaga. On Instagram, Hanna posted a story video where she claimed fans had been comparing her to the star lately. “I’ve been getting this a lot. People have not stopped saying ‘I’m getting Lady Gaga vibes. Oh my, god I thought this was Lady Gaga,'” she said.

Even though the tweet was clearly fake, some Twitter users actually thought it was real. Critics that knew it was a joke retweeted the image out of not being a fan of the influencer’s comparison.

If nothing else, the story is a good example of how even a troll post can quickly go viral on social media. It’s also a cautionary tale to stay away from making comparisons, as it can backfire spectacularly.

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