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Pokimane hits back at gender “biases” in streaming scandals

Published: 20/Jul/2020 20:41

by Virginia Glaze

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Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys is one of Twitch’s most popular streamers — as well as one of its biggest female broadcasters — and as such, she’s hitting back at the double-standards she feels viewers have toward women on the platform.

Pokimane is a huge name in the online streaming world, boasting over 5 million followers due to her humorous interactions with fans in multiplayer games and her hilarious reactions to content online.

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However, Anys is no stranger to backlash, with many critics hounding her social media profiles to harass her fans by calling them “simps” — not to mention always bringing up her viral no-makeup selfie.

These trolls, alongside the recent cancel-culture boom in the online entertainment space, seems to have struck a nerve with the streamer, who took to her personal Twitter account to air out her feelings on double-standards in the broadcasting space on July 20.

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Twitch star Pokimane took to her personal Twitter account on July 20 to air out her feelings on double-standards in the streaming community.

“In this industry, a girl f***s up: What a fake b***h, such a worthless piece of s***, also go die in a hole,” she began. “A guy f***s up: Omg king don’t worry, everyone makes mistakes, we know you have a good heart and will be here for you forever.”

“It sucks because I can understand why,” she continued. “Guys have an easier time relating to guys, and girls to girls, so if a community is male-dominated, there’s bound to be biases. But I hope that in this day and age, we can learn to be both fair and empathetic with others regardless of this.”

“It’s obviously a generalization of what usually happens in majority male industries,” she added in response to a critic’s concerns over her statement. “Not tryna be like, ‘eff all men,’ I’m just stating what I’ve generally observed being in this scene for seven years.”

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Imane’s comments follow the recent exodus of fellow streamer ‘Fedmyster’ from Offline TV, who was ousted from the entertainment group for purported sexual misconduct towards its female members.

While it’s unclear if Anys was referencing this incident, several fans are speculating thus — as well as hitting back at her Tweets with such examples as Alinity Divine, another streamer who has sparked ire from male viewers for past offenses without being banned for them.

Fan theories aside, Anys’s Tweets have set off a slew of conversation regarding how women are treated by viewers for any on-stream slipups as the conversation around acceptable online behavior continues.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.