Pokimane has perfect response after Twitch donor calls her “chubby”

Published: 25/Oct/2020 16:33

by Joe Craven


Twitch giant Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys shared the perfect response on stream to one trolling viewer, who made a donation simply to mock her appearance.  

Few Twitch streamers have reached the levels of popularity of Pokimane, who, at the time of writing, sits sixth on the list of most-followed accounts worldwide, and the number one most followed female streamer.

Of course, such popularity is bound to come with a level of trolling and negativity, which Pokimane knows all too well – even taking a break earlier this year to get away from it all and protect her mental health.

Her impressive ability to shrug off trolling comments was demonstrated again on October 24, when she flipped a viewer’s spiteful comment on its head.

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Pokimane’s status as the most followed female streamer in the world makes her an inspiration to many younger viewers.

A normal stream was interrupted by one viewer who, alongside a $2 donation, said: “Not to be mean you look kind of chubby.”

In reply, Imane began to poke her cheeks, before saying: “Damn, this is my life. Sitting here having people pay to call me chubby. I can’t tell if that’s a good thing. Does that say more about me or about you?”

Some of viewers also highlighted the bizarre comment, which sought to insult Pokimane while also giving her money.

She finished: “I’ve never paid to tell anybody anything. Are you just into that sort of thing? You can tell me, we keep secrets here. I won’t tell no one. I don’t king-shame[!]” – her biting sarcasm brilliantly pointing out the stupidity of the comment and donation.

It’s not the first time Pokimane has been on the receiving end of some unwarranted behavior. On October 15, she hit out at viewers who deliberately clip suggestive moments and take them out of the context to portray her in a negative (and often sexual) way.

It’s a shame that Poki has to go through moments like these, but she managed to shrug it off with her usual conviction.


Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney


Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

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Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.