Entertainment

Pokimane reveals how she deals with annoying online “simp” comments

Published: 30/Jun/2020 21:55

by Virginia Glaze

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Imane “Pokimane” Anys is one of Twitch’s biggest streaming stars, boasting over four million followers on the platform due to her humorous broadcasts — but being internet famous isn’t always the cakewalk it’s made out to be.

Despite her blossoming career as an online entertainer, Poki is often met with criticism online, with many spiteful comments under her social media posts accusing her fans of being “simps.”

“Simp” is an insulting term that has skyrocketed in popularity in online circles as of late, referring to men who are viewed as too submissive toward women, especially online personalities, from whom they hope to achieve some kind of romantic attention for their efforts.

Anys is no stranger to these sorts of comments, as evidenced by her various social media platforms, and was even asked about it for a Q&A video in celebration of reaching five million subscribers on YouTube — including “annoying” comments from children online.

Pokimane models Cloak merch.
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Twitch star Pokimane is no stranger to hurtful comments online, and detailed how she handles the hate in a June Q & A video.

“I gotta admit, it can be kind of disturbing, the stuff that people say,” she said of the topic, with her video referencing the viral before-and-after makeup photos of the star that continue to circle the net. “I also understand that kids especially say things without fully understanding the weight of their words.”

“Sometimes, just the worst side of people will come out online,” she continued, “because they know that they can’t really be held liable for it. Either way, I kind of try to avoid my exposure to peoples’ comments all the time because I don’t think it’s too good for my mental health.”

She went on to address the viral “simp” comments underneath her social media posts, admitting that while she thought the memes spawning from the term were once funny, now feels are “overused” and make her less than cozy when used in rude ways.

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Pokimane showcased several of the offensive comments she receives during her Q & A video, showing one interaction where a critic called someone defending her a “simp.”

“It kind of makes me uncomfortable when people use it in an aggressive way,” she explained. “Like, if someone is remotely nice to me, and they’re just like, ‘Simp, simp!’ I think that’s a little bit weird.”

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Ultimately, Pokimane is of the school of thought that “it is what it is” in regards to “uncomfortable” comments — but at least she’s taking it in stride, despite their sometimes overwhelming presence on her Twitter posts.

Overwatch

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

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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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.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

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.