Twitch streamer claims BadBunny subscriber controversy is "sexist" - Dexerto
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Twitch streamer claims BadBunny subscriber controversy is “sexist”

Published: 21/Jan/2020 13:43

by Calum Patterson

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Twitch streamer BadBunny sparked debate on social media after hitting out at her viewers for not subscribing and donating, but one fellow streamer has suggested that the controversy is due to sexism. 

Streamers can make a living in a variety of ways, but the most steady and reliable income comes from subscribers. Users can pay a small fee each month to support their favorite broadcasters.

However, it’s not mandatory, and viewers can watch completely free if they choose, although will be met with ads. BadBunny, a streamer with just under 100,000 followers, lashed out at some viewers for not choosing to subscribe, saying it was “heartbreaking.”

BadBunny talking to viewers on her Twitch stream
Twitch: BadBunny
BadBunny was upset that regular viewers had not subscribed in over an hour of her broadcast.

A clip of the incident quickly spread on social media, as commenters and other streamers criticized BadBunny for coming across as “entitled.” Dr Disrespect, one of the biggest channels on the platform, mocked the incident on stream.

But, not everyone has been so critical of BadBunny. A smaller channel, Central_Committee, argues that the backlash directed towards her is due to sexism.

“I know it’s sexist,” he says, “because nobody else gets called out like this. No man gets called out for this. Women get called out for this. It’s so blatantly obvious.”

“The reason this is getting retweeted and liked so much, is because she’s an attractive woman, who didn’t act like a nice person.” The streamer then claims that this makes “sexually-frustrated incels angry.”

However, male streamers have been criticized similarly in the past. In July 2019, GrossGore came under fire after threatening to ban viewers who did not subscribe.

Mike from the Central_Committee channel also directly accused Dr Disrespect of being sexist, when the top streamer made fun of BadBunny’s now-viral clip.

BadBunny has not spoken publicly about the reaction to the clip at the time of writing. Although there has been a lot of negative responses, others have also argued that the backlash was overblown.

It is indeed common practice for streamers to encourage their viewers to subscribe, and will use tactics such as ‘sub trains’ or completing challenges for subs.

BadBunny’s clip perhaps drew more attention as she was directly critical of her viewers, accusing them of not respecting her as a content creator.

The viral incident has reignited the debate about what is appropriate for streamers in the pursuit of increasing their income from what is essentially a full-time job for many.

Beyond subscriptions, broadcasters also earn money through direct donations, ad revenue, and sponsorships. However, these revenue streams can fluctuate greatly, meaning subscriptions are typically the marker of success for a channel.

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TikTokers Lexi Rivera and Ben Azelart explain why they broke up

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:31

by Alice Hearing

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Internet personalities Lexi Rivera and Ben Azelart have explained why they broke up after three years together, in an emotional video posted to YouTube.

Lexi Rivera is known in association with her brother Brent who is one of TikTok’s biggest creators with 35 million followers, while Lexi herself has more than 14 million followers on the app. The siblings also have a combined 19.5 million subscribers on YouTube.

Ben Azelart is also heavily associated with the siblings and has himself built up a huge following of 11 million followers on TikTok. But fans were devastated to find out this week that the duo were no longer a couple.

Lexi and Ben posted a video explaining why, saying that they thought they owed their fans the truth. Lexi said: “I have so much respect for Ben and he’s like literally one of the best people I’ve ever met in my entire life.” Ben responded, “I mean the same goes for me, Lexi is one of the nicest, sweetest, funniest people I’ve ever met.”

Lexi Rivera Ben Azelart break up
Instagram: Lexi Rivera
Lexi and Ben dated for three years

Addressing their viewers, Lexi explained why it took so long for them to officially break the news: “I know that it’s been super confusing for you guys and that is because it’s been just as confusing for us we’ve been very just on and off again and I don’t think we were really sure what we wanted to do until now.

“Having a relationship is one thing, but having a relationship online is a completely different story and it was very confusing for us. Honestly, it wasn’t easy being young like we were 15 and 16.

Lexi went on to say that the relationship no longer made them both happy. “We both had so much fun doing it, but I think as years went on it just became a little too complicated…I think what was hard is we want to make you guys happy as well as make ourselves happy.

“Ultimately we just didn’t do both and I think what’s most important was focusing on ourselves for now.”

Lexi and Ben finished by saying that they’re not parting ways forever and that they both felt it was just the wrong time to be together.