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Pokimane has perfect response to troll’s hateful donation message

Published: 8/Nov/2019 1:20 Updated: 8/Nov/2019 1:27

by Virginia Glaze


Imane ‘Pokimane‘ Anys is one of Twitch’s top content creators, boasting over 3.5 million followers – but online stardom isn’t always a walk in the park, however nice it may seem.

Like many live streaming platforms, Twitch allows viewers to support their favorite broadcasters by gifting bits, subscriptions, and even sending money through direct donations.

Fans can also include a special message for the streamer alongside the cash, which is sometimes read out by a text-to-speech program, depending on the creator’s style.

Pokimane, InstagramPokimane knows how to deal with the dark side of Twitch fame.

Anys uses one such program, which read out an unexpected and particularly hurtful donation message during her November 6 live stream.

“You look beautiful today,” the bot read. “Usually, you look like shit.”

Despite the seemingly hateful content of the message, Pokimane seemed to find it hilarious, giving a good-natured laugh at the jab – which may have merely been the intent of a well-meaning troll.

That wasn’t the end of the trolling, though, with another user sending a five dollar donation shortly thereafter that included similar message to the streamer: “You look beautiful today and you usually look like shit.”

In imitation of the popular “blinking white guy” meme, Pokimane merely gave a few shocked blinks in response, breaking out into barely-contained laughter.

“Thanks,” she replied. “I tried extra hard today. I brushed my teeth for longer than usual.” She demonstrated this with an exaggerated smile.

While the donators could have been merely joking, this wouldn’t be the first time Pokimane has dealt with harassment from viewers. In fact, the streamer was called “fat” during a May 1 broadcast, after asking her chat if they noticed anything different about her appearance.

Rather than raging about the insult, Pokimane took the comments in stride, laughing and putting her head in her hands before showing that she’d bought a new necklace.

As one of Twitch’s top personalities, it makes sense that Anys would have developed a thick skin over the years, managing to brush off mean comments and even find the humor in otherwise tense moments from hateful critics.


Charli D’Amelio invests in $50 million banking service for teens

Published: 2/Dec/2020 19:00

by Virginia Glaze


TikTok’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio, has invested in her very first startup, and it’s a $50 million mobile banking service specifically aimed at teenagers.

In true D’Amelio fashion, Charli has decided to invest in her first company, Step, along with a slew of other celebrity investors.

What is Step?

Step is a mobile banking service directed toward teenagers aged 13-19, which announced this morning that it has raised over $50 million during its Series B funding stage.

Step has grown to over 500,000 users in two months after its official launch, and features a variety of elements seen in apps like Venmo and PayPal, allowing users to send money to friends via peer-to-peer technology.


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The service also offers its teen customer-base FDIC-insured bank accounts without any fees, easing their foray into the financial world. Step even gives users a Visa card that allows them to establish credit prior to turning 18.

Charli D’Amelio on her Step investment

As for Charli D’Amelio, she seems to be quite jazzed about the bank’s entire concept, having risen to prominence in the mobile world before turning 16 this year.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” D’Amelio stated.


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“I’m excited to be able to use my platform to help close this gap and have made a direct investment in Step to help them develop even more useful products.”

Charli isn’t the only big name putting some stock into Step; A-list celebs like Will Smith, the Chainsmokers, and Justin Timberlake are also investing in the bank, making for a truly star-studded affair for the emerging company.

Step is planning to partner with even more celebrities and influencers in the future, and hopes to help its teenaged customer-base with everything from student loans to building credit in the long-term.

Charli D'Amelio invests in Step mobile banking
Step.com, Press Kit
Step aims to help teenagers ease into the confusing financial world.

“Student loans are a big thing. Being able to extend credit to these folks. Being able to offer new products and services so they’re not paying these outrageous, predatory banking fees and high interest credit cards,” Step CEO MacDonald said of the service.

It looks like Charli is making big waves with this major investment, and all eyes are peeled to see if her 101 million TikTok followers will hop onto the Step trend, too.