Twitch streamer Pokimane stirs up controversy after allegedly saying racial slur - Dexerto

Twitch streamer Pokimane stirs up controversy after allegedly saying racial slur

Published: 3/Mar/2019 22:37 Updated: 3/Mar/2019 22:41

by Virginia Glaze


Popular Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys is facing heavy backlash, after a clip surfaced from one of her past broadcasts in which she appears to say a racial slur.

Anys was in the middle of a League of Legends game when she let slip the offending phrase, apparently in reference to another player.

“Damn… this ***** is getting fucked,” she seems to say.

However, some commenters were quick to note that Anys could have been referring to a character from the game, saying ‘Anivia,’ rather than using a racial epithet.

Despite this possibility, others argued that Anys is clearly saying a slur, hearing a hard ‘G’ in the sound rather than the name of LoL’s avian Champion.

While all VODs for Pokimane’s stream have since been deleted, a streamable clip of the broadcast remained live – although viewers were quick to point out that the stream in question was several months old.

League of Legends, Riot GamesSome commenters argued that Pokimane was referring to League of Legends champion ‘Anivia,’ rather than saying a racial slur.

This isn’t the first time Pokimane has been at the center of controversy; the streamer went under fire for demonetizing the videos of smaller YouTubers in early January, who allegedly used her content in non-transformative ways.

“I will take down videos – when it’s a straight reupload of my stream, and when it’s like a gross and misleading title,” Pokimane said of the debacle, after she claimed a video that documented her Twitter beef with Drama Alert’s KEEMSTAR on grounds of copyright infringement.

Pokimane has yet to speak out on the alleged racial slur via her social media accounts.


Twitch removes “Blind Playthrough” stream tag after backlash

Published: 5/Dec/2020 18:14

by Daniel Cleary


Twitch has introduced a new change to the stream tags on channels, which has completely removed the “Blind Playthrough” tag from the site following criticism around the language used.

It can often be difficult to get discovered as a new Twitch streamer, with thousands of other content creators broadcasting on the site at any one time.

Twitch has previously introduced tags to address this issue in 2018, which can be added to a streamer’s channel and can be used by viewers for filtering their searches to find what they’re looking for.

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The Blind Playthrough tag no longer shows on Twitch.

While the usual tags often include information such as language and type of content, one tag that was used for those playing a game for the first time was the “Blind Playthrough” tag.

The tag would indicate that the streamer had not seen any spoilers or that they do not know much about the title’s gameplay and features before playing it.

However, in a recent tweet, Twitch’s community director Erin ‘Aureylian’ Wayne highlighted that they have removed the tag from the site, following criticism around the choice of words used, with some suggesting that the language was ableist.

“Happy to see Twitch has listened to everyone who shared feedback and removed the ‘Blind Playthrough’ tag to encourage more inclusive language for our community,” she added.

While the “Blind Playthrough” tag has been removed from the database, the Twitch director urged streamers to make use of the “First Playthrough” and “No Spoilers” tags in its place.

The term “Blind Playthrough” was central to a discussion on ableist language sparked by AbleGamers COO Steven Spohn earlier in the year and now Twitch has acted in response.

While Twitch’s latest change has been met with some positive responses so far, some users have argued the need for the change, highlighting that “Blind” has two official definitions.

However, Twitch has remained firm on their stance, and streamers will simply need to use an alternative tag while streaming spoiler-free gameplay.