Twitch streamer Reckful reduced to tears while talking to psychiatrist

Published: 2/Dec/2019 16:54

by Andy Williams


Twitch veteran Byron ‘Reckful’ Bernstein broke down when discussing his battle with depression during a livestream with Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Kanojia.

Former World of Warcraft professional Reckful has a list of accolades to his name. After taking top honours at MLG Washington in 2010, he naturally transitioned to Hearthstone – which builds on the existing lore from WoW’s universe – and took a second-place finish at Blizzcon’s 2013 Invitational.

Although the American has quite a decorated past in esports, his personal life has experienced its turbulence. Having been quite transparent with his battle with depression on Twitter, Reckful always tries to provide upbeat content to his audience.

Reckful (Twitch).Reckful streams a variety of content to his channel.

Since his transition into becoming a variety streamer, Bernstein’s channel is projected to finally break the 1 million follower mark in 2020. Given his rocky road with depression, Reckful turned to Harvard psychiatrist and Twitch streamer, Dr. Kanojia.  

The 30-year-old was toing and froing with Kanojia, but eventually broke down when asked: “Who’s the focus on? Who are you thinking about?”

After a short pause, Reckful dissolved to tears and responded: “Just the people who have experienced what I did.” Seeing the former WoW pros distressed, the doctor intervened.

“So I’ll tell you, Reckful – listen carefully now. You’re trying to cure the depression that is growing within kids out there today,” the psychiatrist stated. “You’re trying to protect them from what happened to you.”

According to Kanojia, Reckful’s entertainment is a bid to provide a medium for those experiencing feelings of melancholy in a similar capacity to himself. 

Bernstein then implied that what he does feels “good” and “meaningful,” to which the Havard doc replied: “Good is the understatement of the f**king year. It is vital!”  Reckful was thankful for the psychiatrist’s efforts and later Tweeted to express his gratitude.

Having previously been open with what depression feels like to him, the former WoW pro delved deeper into the roots of his depression, in front of a live audience on Twitch. 

Although Reckful took something away from the experience, this also underscores his brave venture towards helping those maybe in a similar position to himself. 


That Vegan Teacher responds to TikTok ban for alleged “community violations”

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:48 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 0:50

by Jacob Hale


Notorious TikTok vegan That Vegan Teacher has created a video response after being banned on the platform for allegedly violating several community guidelines.

That Vegan Teacher, real name Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, has clocked up around 1.5m followers on the app and is known for her very firm vegan beliefs, which she frequently preaches on the app.

She’s also had several run-ins with other top names — including, notably, Minecraft sensation 16-year-old TommyInnit, whose fans bombarded her with hate comments after she suggested someone help him feel more comfortable around girls.

Now, after rumors that she had been arrested in January 2021 (which was proven false), she seems to have been banned from the app altogether.

ThatVeganTeacher on TikTok
TikTok: thatveganteacher
ThatVeganTeacher has been a divisive figure on TikTok.

Why was That Vegan Teacher banned on TikTok?

At the time of writing, there’s no clear explanation as to why That Vegan Teacher has been banned on TikTok, with neither her nor TikTok coming out with an explanation.

While the reason hasn’t been confirmed, a disclaimer on her TikTok profile suggests it’s due to multiple Community Guidelines violations.

This could be any number of things, so it’s impossible to speculate on what exactly the violations could be, and we’ll have to wait for official confirmation before reporting it. According to TikTok’s guidelines though, her misdemeanor could fall under any of these categories:

  • Violent extremism
  • Hateful behavior
  • Illegal activities and regulated goods
  • Violent and graphic content
  • Suicide, self harm and dangerous acts
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Adult nudity and sexual activities
  • Minor safety
  • Integrity and authenticity
  • Platform security
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That Vegan Teacher’s TikTok now shows no followers, likes or posts.

That Vegan Teacher has in the past had her videos reacted to by top celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, who didn’t seem her biggest fan, and Russell Brand for her divisive takes.

That Vegan Teacher responds to her TikTok ban

A short time later, That Vegan Teacher created a video response to the situation, which she uploaded to YouTube with all comments and likes/dislikes turned off.

In her video, the controversial TikToker accused her critics of being “scared” of telling kids “the truth” about veganism, and alleged that her ban was the work of “veganphobic” users. In her video description, she also alleged that her home had been “attacked” by critics, who left “dead animal parts” on her front door and – even purportedly doxed her personal information.

That’s not all; some TikTokers believe that Vegan Teacher may have started using a new TikTok account, although these rumors have yet to be fully verified at the time of writing.

Previously, she has drawn comparisons between animal cruelty and atrocities such as the Holocaust, which is likely a large contributor to why TikTok users would report her and the platform would ultimately kick her off.