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Twitch musician has perfect response to “entitled” viewers in her stream

Published: 21/Dec/2019 19:18

by Virginia Glaze

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Sydney-based Twitch streamer “lara6638” is a unique face on the platform, known predominantly for her impressive piano skills — but one viewer took the opportunity to use her talents as a way to demean other women on the site.

With a passion for old-school video game arrangements and even boasting a few of her own albums, Lara’s musical broadcasts have earned her over 207k followers on Twitch.

However, a viewer who popped into her stream during a December 10 broadcast quickly learned that Lara isn’t one to take backhanded compliments, after they claimed that she was better than other female streamers.

Larawithabird, ProfSHuntington, TwitterAustralian Twitch star “Lara6683” is known for her mad piano skills and uplifting personality.

“This is what Twitch needs,” the commenter wrote. “Less caked makeup talentless girls sitting in front of their cameras with their boobs hanging out. So talented and beautiful.”

“What a nasty comment,”Lara replied. “…please don’t tell me how good I am while also dragging every other girl through the mud. That’s gross. Don’t do it. Where do I even start with that? Instead of using all those words, you could have just written, ‘I hate women!’”

Lara went on to encourage her modders to ban such commenters in her channel after finishing up a soulful piece on her keyboard.

“It’s always the women who get blamed, isn’t it, even though it’s the boys who are the thirsty, utterly disgusting ones,” she continued. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

That wasn’t the end of her thoughts on the subject: Lara went on to illustrate how it appears that women streamers are often “policed” by male viewers for being a “good example” of what a woman should be on the site, rather than the other way around.

“…You don’t often see it that a woman goes into a male chat and goes, ‘Hey I think you’re a good example of what a male streamer should be,’” she said before delving into another song. “…it’s so entitled, and honestly, I would rather swallow razor blades than take that compliment from you.”

This is far from the first time a female streamer has hit out at such entitled viewers as of late, either: with streamer “AshleyRoboto” giving a hilarious scolding to viewers upset about her clothing choices to “ChillboBagginz” shutting down a backhanded compliment, it seems the chat’s days of wanton vitriol are coming to a swift end.

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FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.