TikTok’s Owa Owa dog: All you need to know about Pudgywoke

Published: 19/Jan/2021 18:16

by Alice Hearing


Most dogs are adorable, but some can be outright terrifying. One dog on TikTok fits both categories, and he’s gone viral for his distinctive “owa owa” noise. 

Over the last week, the internet has gone crazy for this one very small and elderly Chihuahua called Pudgywoke, who went viral on TikTok after its owner, Malachy James, asked, “Can I get an Owa Owa?” Pudgy responded by biting his headphone mic and actually saying “owa owa.”

The videos of the adorable, but angry, pup have taken the app by storm, with some clips amassing more than 50 million views. Pudgy himself now has over 6.3 million followers on the platform.

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Instagram: Pudgywoke
Pudgy has more than 6 million followers on TikTok

What’s the origin?

Despite blowing up over the last couple of weeks, Pudgy has been gracing the internet with his “owa owa’s” since December 5, when James posted a stitch reacting to a woman scooping macaroni from a dish in order to show off the wet sound, only for it to be completely dry.

James asks Pudgy for a reaction, and he makes a hilarious growling noise – which some commenters said sounded like fax machine, a cicada, and even a dial-up modem.

@pudgywoke##Pudgywoke ##Foryoupage ##Foryou ##Fyp♬ YOU ARE FOLLOWING – Pudgywoke

In one TikTok, James tells the story of how he got Pudgy and assures fans that Pudgy is okay. He thinks that Pudgy was once hit by a car after running away for a short time, because he started making the noises shortly after the incident.

In the last couple of weeks, Pudgy has now turned into a meme. Several TikTokers have had their own take on “owa owa,” including Joe Mele, who tried it out with his own dog and even his dad.

@mmmjoemeleYou guys will never be @pudgywoke♬ original sound – Joe Mele

The term has also popped up on almost every platform, with “Can I get an owa owa?” being commented on Instagram posts, Twitch streams, YouTube videos, and Tweets. Pudgy even appears in the “Thank you for changing my life” meme.

At the time of writing, the tag #owaowa has 45.6 million views on TikTok, and continues to gain momentum. Pudgy has certainly earned influencer status.


Twitch bans disgraced YouTuber Mini Ladd

Published: 23/Feb/2021 19:34

by Alan Bernal


Twitch has banned Craig ‘Mini Ladd’ Thompson’s channel from their platform months after the YouTuber had confessed to inappropriate advances to underage fans.

Mini Ladd has gone silent on social media and YouTube since his second video addressing the allegations against him went live. In it, the embattled content creator said he was looking forward to a better year in 2021 after giving his side of the story.

But now Mini Ladd’s of over 755,000 followers on Twitch has been deactivated and his Partner status has reportedly been revoked, suggesting that the company has levied a permanent ban towards him.

This was the first ban that his channel, spelled ‘MiniLaddd,’ has accrued and it could be the last after his confession on the allegations received massive backlash from the community.

Mini Ladd banned on Twitch

About two months after Mini Ladd’s last YouTube video called ‘My Apology’ on December 28, Twitch made the decision to remove the channel from its listing on February 23.

According to esports journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, a spokesperson for Twitch provided the following statement in reference to Mini Ladd’s ban from the platform: “We take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service.”

This could be in response to the allegations Mini Ladd faced of grooming and messages to fans who were underage at the time.

In talking about the allegations, the YouTuber confirmed that he had sent people, namely Halley and Ash, things that “were just not okay.” That video was met with negative reception from people who thought it was disingenuous considering the other response he made on the subject called ‘clearing the air’ in September 2020.

Mini Ladd has not uploaded on any of his channels in 2021, though in his last video he suggested he wanted to create more content throughout the year.

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Mini Ladd YouTube
Mini Ladd hasn’t uploaded to YouTube, Twitch, or social media since his last apology video.

On his main channel, that he’s had since 2011, Mini Ladd had acquired over 5 million subscribers with about another 1.5 million subs on his other profiles.

Though he took a break from Twitch around 2019, Mini Ladd had resumed his streams as late as June 2020, around the same time of his first apology in light of the allegations against him.

It’s unknown if Mini Ladd will attempt a return to content creation but, in light of his Twitch ban, it’s unlikely he’ll return to the live streaming platform.