Twitch streamer harassed by racist bystanders during live broadcast - Dexerto

Twitch streamer harassed by racist bystanders during live broadcast

Published: 19/Apr/2019 0:24 Updated: 19/Apr/2019 0:27

by Virginia Glaze


Due to Twitch’s avalanche of livestreamed content, it comes as no surprise that slip ups often happen during live broadcasts – but one IRL stream caught an exceedingly uncomfortable confrontation.

Korean Twitch streamer Giannie Lee was in the midst of a livestreamed meal in Berlin, Germany when she was accosted by two strangers, who began making racist gestures in front of her camera.

Lee was obviously made uncomfortable by the interaction, asking the men to stop as they pulled at the corners of their eyes and mocked Asian languages in a garble of exaggerated speech.

Despite the aggressive invasion of her personal space, Lee managed to keep her cool, giving the strangers a calm reminder that hundreds of viewers were watching them act up.

“Hey, that’s racist,” Lee calmly explained. “I’m in Germany, don’t become racist. …a lot of people are watching you. They will attack you. Be nice. …I love German people.”

Giannie Lee, TwitterPopular Twitch streamer Giannie Lee was the subject of racist vitriol during a livestreamed meal in Berlin, Germany – but her response to the hate truly “killed them with kindness.”

Killing them with kindness

While the strangers left her table after hearing her explanation, some members of her chat asked Lee to call the police or security, fearing for her safety – but Lee appeared to brush off the altercation, labeling the bystanders’ behavior as childlike.

“I explained [it], so he’s gone,” she said of the incident, going on to ask her viewers to forgive his behavior. “But it’s okay. It can be okay. He’s just a kid to me, right? He’s too young to…. Forgive him.”

Some viewers speculated that the two men were drunk, while others congratulated Lee’s calm behavior and kind explanation in spite of the strangers’ vitriol.

“Her calm response really made him look like an even bigger asshole, which, let’s be honest, was a pretty hard task,” one commenter wrote.

Many commenters applauded Lee’s response to the vitriol, while others speculated that the men may have been day drinking.

“What makes it even worse is that he is invading her personal space, something that is considered super rude and offensive in Germany,” another said of the altercation. “Those guys are scum.”

Racism caught on Twitch

This is far from the first time that racism has been recorded on Twitch, either; TwitchCon Europe saw a racist stream sniper shout a slur into another streamer’s camera as she passed by, prompting a tense altercation that ultimately ended with her issuing an apology.

Another streamer was banned from the platform around the same time, after applying blackface makeup for an Apex Legends cosplay.


Pokimane denies new Fedmyster claims, says he sent “admission of guilt”

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 3:48

by Isaac McIntyre


Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has hit back at claims made by former OfflineTV streamer Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan in a leaked exposé document, and revealed the disgraced Twitch star sent her what she believes is an “admission of guilt.”

Earlier this year, the OfflineTV house was rocked by accusations of harassment and misconduct leveled at former editor-turned-personality Fedmyster.

Several members of the Twitch content group, including Lilypichu and Yvonne, detailed how Gaytan would “come to [their] room, drunk” and “massage [their] feet and thighs.” Yvonne also revealed he had “crawled in bed” with her, kissed her cheek, and put his hand up her shirt.

These accusations were compounded when Pokimane claimed Fed had been a “big reason” why she moved out of the house. Fedmyster was subsequently expelled from the OfflineTV house, and removed from the company.

After months of silence from the Twitch streamer, a document leaked online on Nov. 24, which mainly detailed Fed’s relationship with Pokimane. In the unreleased exposé titled “My Truth”, which Dexerto has read copies of, Gaytan, 25, accused Pokimane of “twisting the truth” about their relationship.

Pokimane has now hit back, speaking about the leaked document in a short Twitch stream on Wednesday. In her response, she suggests Fedmyster sent her an “admission of guilt” in regards to his “manipulative” actions.

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Fedmyster’s leaked doc, “My Truth,” mainly revolves around his relationship with Pokimane.

Fedmyster allegedly sent Pokimane “admission of guilt”

Anys, who admitted she’s already seen several versions of the Fedmyster document, doubled down on her previous June 29 claims. According to the Twitch star, Fed’s claim to a potential hookup, Steve, that they were “a thing” was the best example of his manipulation.

“I want to make it clear that, to me, this incident [with Steve] was clearly a mess-up on Fed’s part. I confronted Fed, he apologized… he admitted fault,” she said.

Pokimane revealed she messaged Fedmyster ahead of her ‘tell-all’ stream in June, asking if there was anything she “should maybe leave out.” When Gaytan requested she skip over the incident with Steve at the party, however, she refused.

“He said ‘if you can… leave out the Steve stuff, it’s something I wouldn’t like mentioned.’ I couldn’t leave that out. He asked me not to mention it, and I think that’s an admission of guilt, then later he says ‘that’s not how it went down’.”

Pokimane says Fed’s claims ‘overshadow’ real issue

The problem, she continued, is that Fed has focused on her being a “villain” and leading him on in the leaked document. This focus, which she believes “blows everything out of proportion,” is being used to overshadow the actual OfflineTV accusations.

“Essentially we had trouble being close but managing our friendship, knowing he wanted more, but I always felt I was upfront about it… it really bothers me that in this document he tried to make me out as the bad guy,” Pokimane said.

“Obviously we weren’t on the same page. I hope you guys can see this from my perspective… I didn’t see a future between the two of us. I thought I was always honest. Looking back, I should have been more aware of how I acted around him, but hindsight is 20/20!

“To me, in all honesty, all of this is just not important. It’s regular 20-year-old relationship bullsh*t. What I shared about the situation is my honest truth, and it’s totally irrelevant to the actual incidents that triggered all of this.”

Fedmyster says he “stands by document”

Fedmyster has addressed the leaked document too; according to the disgraced Twitch star, he had no plans to release the exposé, because it felt like “airing dirty laundry.”

“[Poki and I] came to agree that keeping things private and making no further statements publicly was what was best for us…We wanted to heal and prevent any further harm to the people involved,” he explained in a short Twitter post.

“On the topic of whether I tried to manipulate our friends to hate her, I still fully stand behind what my document reads but I want to emphasize that it wasn’t my intention to shine Poki in a bad light… I am deeply sorry, and wish I wasn’t so naive and insensitive.”

Fedmyster also said he “still believes [he] was mischaracterized,” but added “after talking to Poki I came to understand her perspective. My outlook on the situation as a whole now comes from a better place of understanding.”

Hours after finishing her stream, Anys took to her second Twitter account, where she said she was “looking forward to moving on” from the whole situation.

“Sorry, td was tough, it’s hard for me to reply to v private things without making the situation messier + I was not in a good headspace,” she wrote. “ty to those that were understanding. looking forward to moving on.”

Yvonne and Lilypichu, who were the first to level harassment allegations against Fedmyster, have not yet publicly addressed the leaked document.