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Sweet Anita responds to calls to ban her over Tourette’s outburst

Published: 10/Dec/2019 12:24

by Jacob Hale

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Twitch streamer Sweet Anita has responded after some have called for her to be banned following offensive outbursts caused by her Tourette’s.

Sweet Anita is a Twitch streamer who suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, a condition that causes one to make involuntary sounds and/or movements called tics. In some cases, these tics can come in the form of controversial, rude or taboo comments, but is something those affected have no control over.

In her time on Twitch, Anita has built an audience of over half a million followers, as well as 300,000 subscribers on YouTube. This is all in spite, or perhaps partly thanks to, her Tourette’s, unashamedly embracing her tics, rather than trying to suppress them.

Twitter: Tweet4nitaAnita has amassed almost 1 million followers across her social media accounts.

Naturally, her condition can sometimes cause issues when she accidentally uses expletivs or says something offensive, as was the case after an outburst on stream on December 9.

While explaining how great it must be “to choose to be socially appropriate and considerate and not just say the weirdest, most awful sh*t ever,” Anita had a tic causing her to say “kill the Jews,” before looking absolutely devastated.

She turned her stream off shortly after, but the clip was widely shared on social media, sparking controversy. Twitch partner Lil Chipmunk came out in a now-deleted tweet asking “How’s this allowed? I don’t care if she has Tourettes she must have some way to mute herself?”

Twitter: itslilchipmunkThis tweet, appearing to call for Twitch to ban Anita, has since been deleted.

The tweet was deleted, but Lil Chipmunk also responded to the original tweet containing the clip saying “Sounds like she just wanted to get that out.”

Anita hasn’t responded directly to Chipmunk’s post, but did address some of the backlash to these types of incidents, where her tics can result in highly offensive remarks, such as when she used a racial slur.

“I read the comments section. There were a lot of people who were really angry or thought I should be banned,” Anita explained, “a lot of people think the N-word is in your vocabulary so you must be racist.”

She continued: “The N-word is on everyone’s vocabulary. We all know what it is and that it’s a word, and so does my Tourette’s. That doesn’t mean it’s something I believe or feel about anyone.”

Anita went on to explain that it’s hard when people just don’t understand Tourette’s, but rather than fixate on the negatives she would rather look at the positives, such as the commenters who explain to others what Tourette’s is and why she can’t help it.

Fellow streamer Anikichad, who also has Tourette’s, addressed Anita’s “N-word tic”, saying “In my interactions with Anita, she has been nothing but nice, kind, supportive… She’s a true friend, and I don’t want anyone thinking she’s actually racist.”

Twitch’s community guidelines have strict rules around what it calls ‘hateful conduct’, but Sweet Anita has not faced any official sanctions from the platform.

In enforcing the rules, Twitch moderation teams claim to always take context into account, and, given her condition, Sweet Anita’s remarks have been ruled not to violate these guidelines.

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Pokimane slams Fedmyster’s second OfflineTV document: “Who asked?”

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:27

by Virginia Glaze

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⁠Former Offline TV member Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan has released yet another lengthy Google Doc regarding the accusations of misconduct against him from OTV streamers, claiming he wants to “move on” from the drama.

Fedmyster was released from OTV in June 2020, after streamers LilyPichu, Yvonne and Pokimane levied accusations of harassment and inappropriate conduct against him.

Following these accusations, it seemed that all was resolved, with Fed having been removed from the group as a result; but a Google Doc seemingly leaked from the disgraced streamer in late November, which set off a chain reaction of outrage across the internet.

In the leaked November document, Fed appeared to accuse Pokimane of not being honest about their relationship to her viewers, and included screenshots of private text messages between them.

While Pokimane went on to respond to this document, saying he’d admitted his guilt, Fedmyster released yet another lengthy statement on December 1, claiming that he had actually never intended to release the original Doc. Instead, he explained that it had actually been a “form of therapy for myself, to address my concerns about the way Poki portrayed me in her stream.”

Fedmyster also purported that a formerly-trusted member of his community had leaked the document, leading to a “violent breach of my trust and against my wishes as I’ve been working hard to grow, heal, and move on from everything.”

fedmyster and pokimane
Instagram: Fedmyster
The leaked document of Fedmyster’s in November had been titled “My Truth,” and mostly centered around his relationship with Pokimane.

The former streamer likewise addressed allegations that he had attempted to get Yvonne fired from the group due to her accusations against him. Denying that he had ever wanted her kicked from the crew, he claims that his concerns were due to her “lack of excitement and willingness to help with OfflineTV projects when it’s the only reason she’s in the house.”

He included several other explanations regarding his text messages with Pokimane, as well as his portrayal of Jodi toward Poki, who he apologized for, “painting her to Imane in such a poor light.”

Fedmyster ended his document by claiming that he wants “to move on and start a new chapter in my life,” hoping to put the issue to rest once and for all.

Pokimane has since responded to the document with a scathing tweet, writing, “Who asked lol.”

Fedmyster’s long document has been met with similar reactions from readers online, marking yet another episode of an ongoing incident between some of Twitch’s top content creators.