Twitch has explained why they haven’t banned streaming star Sweet Anita from their site. While Anita’s forced “racial and phobic slurs” officially go against the platform’s terms and conditions, Twitch want to create a “welcoming environment” for disabled users.
The streamer, who also suffers with Tourette’s Syndrome, has spoken previously about viewers sexualizing her condition. In an interview with HuffPost, Anita revealed that men have often fetishized her “tics and outbursts.”
On August 12, opened up about her early days on Twitch. Speaking to BBC News, she expressed her initial worries about being banned from the platform.
Anita spoke truthfully about her tics
Anita suffers from a rare (but highly popularized) symptom of Tourette’s, known as Coprolalia. This involves verbal “outbursts,” often including explicit language. Anita’s tics have previously gone down the route of swear words and body parts.
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“You can’t use… slurs (on Twitch),” the content creator said. “My tics force me to.” As well as opening up about how the disorder has impacted her career, she described the effects Tourette’s has on her mind and body. “It feels like you’re being physically forced to say these things,” she said.
Anita’s unapologetic ability to be herself has earned her legions of fans. Her follower count on Twitch currently stands at 1.7 million.
Twitch explains why they haven’t banned Anita
In a statement to BBC News, Twitch said it wanted to create a “welcoming environment” for disabled content creators. They also stated that this kind of environment “sets a level of decency and respect for our community.”
In response to Anita specifically, they emphasized their “delight” in “supporting streamers like Anita as they grow their careers.”
Check out Anita’s Twitch channel, now streaming six days a week!