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Twitch axes “insensitive” Hispanic Heritage Month emotes after backlash

Published: 15/Sep/2020 23:00

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch has taken down special emote modifiers for Hispanic Heritage Month that were supposed to be a part of the month-long celebration, but “clearly missed the mark” with the designs.

Starting on September 15 through to October 15, Twitch will highlight different Hispanic and LatinX streamers on the front page. Along with the extensive list of content creators to spotlight, the company was also going to include a few emote modifiers so that any channel could rep the month-long celebration.

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But the execution of these modifiers fell well-below the community’s expectations for a celebration, with many people saying the attempt was “tone-deaf” in nature by accentuating “Mexican stereotypes.”

To kick off their Hispanic Heritage Month event, Twitch released a blog post that teased three different emote modifiers that would let viewers cash in channel points to dress up existing designs for that channel.

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Twitch’s Hispanic Heritage Month emote modifiers. Twitch has since removed them from their post.

These included images featuring a sombrero, superimposing a pair of maracas, or simply having a guitar in front of the design. These almost immediately sparked contempt among the larger Twitch community and quickly prompted their removal.

“We launched these emote modifiers today as part of our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month but we clearly missed the mark, and we apologize,” Twitch wrote in response to the backlash. “These were not an appropriate representation of Hispanic and LatinX culture, and we’ve removed them.”

Shortly after premiering the special art, reactions to Twitch’s direction with Hispanic Heritage Month disappointed people, partly, because it was a narrowly focused direction that excluded many it was supposed to celebrate.

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“I just, I have so many questions for Twitch,” streamer ‘Detune’ said. “Why are you trying to ‘uplift’ a community with racist stereotypes? And even worse its Mexican stereotypes used to ‘uplift’ every LatinX culture?”

Surely there are ways to celebrate an entire swath of the world’s population without being offensive, but clearly this wasn’t it for longtime supporters of the streaming platform.

“I would just like to say Twitch this is crusty,” streamer ‘MerQueenJude’ said. This is not the way to support and uplift your Hispanic and LatinX creators with Mexican stereotypes. In the past 24-48 hours, there have been a lot of poor decisions. But this one stings in a specific way.”

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.