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Pokimane responds to backlash after another video resurfaces containing racial slur

Published: 5/Mar/2019 19:27 Updated: 5/Mar/2019 22:17

by Alan Bernal


Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys responded to a horde of criticism after a video of her repeatedly using a racial slur surfaced on March 4.

The clip of her using the slur appeared after Pokimane cleared up a separate occasion of her seemingly using the same word on stream. While the clip in question is old, it’s much less ambiguous than the previous time the controversial streamer was accused of using the slur.

In her response to the video containing NSFW language, Pokimane said it was difficult to contextualize why she used the word but attributed the incident as a result of her age at the time and the environment that gave the slur a different meaning.

The streamer was direct in distinguishing her character today as opposed to when the video took place, saying she would never use the slur where she is now.

“Hard for me to speak on this clip’s context because it’s so old (I’m almost 23 and was underage in that clip),” Pokimane said. “But it was definitely not said in a racist or derogatory manner. it was a time period/environment where saying it was more common and used as a replacement for ‘dude.’ It’s been many years and I don’t ever say it now because I realize it’s distasteful and looks bad, and i’ve never said it in a racist way / hard r either (just in a cringey way unfortunately)”

Pokimane has been steadily growing her platform for years, but sporadic controversies are bringing negative attention to the streamer.

Similarly the streamer addressed the previous incident, brought up by Keemstar of her allegedly using a racial slur saying: “I said ‘this anivia’ (sounded like ‘this nivia’), aka a champion in league of legends. smh when u found out keem is a fake gamer.”

People were overwhelmingly siding with the streamer in both instances. In the old clip, people recognized the word’s use and noted how it wasn’t said in an offensive manner while suggesting to just move on from the incident.

Although the streamer unquestionably owned her actions from years ago, some were hesitant to vindicate Pokimane since her response seemed to lack an apology.

Pokimane has been at the center of many controversies lately, and will look to press on with the support of her fans and fellow creators.


Wendy Williams explains why she “doesn’t feel sorry” for Charli D’Amelio

Published: 24/Nov/2020 18:06

by Jacob Hale


Popular U.S. TV host Wendy Williams has hit out at TikTok star Charli D’Amelio, after the 16-year-old went on Instagram Live in tears over backlash she had received in her race to 100 million followers.

After an offhand joke about reaching 100 million followers on TikTok, fans deemed Charli “ungrateful” for her success so far and started unfollowing her in droves, losing over 500,000 before her numbers started looking up again and she finally reached the monumental number.

While there was a lot of discussion online about the death threats Charli had received and her treatment by fans and critics alike, the resounding message was that she was being treated unfairly.

Making her opinion on the matter known, however, was American TV host Wendy Williams of The Wendy Williams Show.

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Charli has reached 100 million followers on TikTok, but not without some controversy in the run-up to the big moment.

Discussing the hottest topics of the weekend just gone, Wendy was shown several of Charli’s videos, with the situation broken down and explained to her — and she wasn’t impressed.

After finding out what had gone down, and watching the video of a tearful Charli asking for people to stop with the abuse, Wendy made her stance very clear.

“I don’t see any tears,” Williams exclaimed. “Because the drama, these TikTokers, these children these days, they live for the drama.”

The host added she “doesn’t feel sorry” for D’Amelio, especially since she’s probably already gotten the followers back she lost “and then some.”

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Wendy did offer a little more advice though when it was suggested that Charli should be a little more grateful.

“No!” she said, before advising Charli to “stay ungrateful and collect those checks!”

So, while Wendy doesn’t seem to be buying the drama, she clearly has some level of respect for Charli’s hustle and ability to “collect those checks” — but suggests the backlash comes hand-in-hand with the success.

The recent controversy surrounding her has clearly hit the younger D’Amelio sister hard, but maybe her being “ungrateful” is, as Williams suggested, just what the internet wanted all along.