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Entertainment • Jun 07, 2019

Twitch streamer sparks controversy for racist stereotyping during broadcast

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Twitch streamer sparks controversy for racist stereotyping during broadcast
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As one of the net’s most popular livestreaming platforms, it comes as no surprise that Twitch captures some unsavory moments as they unfold in real life - one of which occurred during a broadcaster’s June 6 stream during a walk.

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Twitch streamer ‘iGUMDROP’ was in the middle of an outing with a friend when the two came upon a bystander on the sidewalk, who was of African American descent.

The bystander was leaning up against a partition while speaking loudly on his cell phone, using a racial expletive that incited a controversial reaction from the duo.

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Twitch streamer iGUMDROP and her friend are coming under fire, after engaging in racist behavior during a June 6 broadcast.

The two quickly ran away from the stranger as though frightened, with the camerawoman shouting, “Hold your purse!” while clutching her bag to her chest.

iGUMDROP followed shortly behind, appearing to laugh at her friend’s antics as they made their way down the sidewalk.

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The two streamers have since garnered ample criticism online for the incident, with users across Reddit decrying their actions as blatantly racist.

“This is actually one of the most racist things I've seen on Twitch,” one user wrote. “This is literally directly in front of a black guy, two girls running away and saying hold your purse. What the fuck, he must feel pretty shit he actually saw them do this.”

“I was about to defend them because he might have said something bad, but looking back at the clip, he was literally just standing there talking on the phone normally, not bothering anyone,” another commenter said of the matter. “This is just straight up racist.”

This is far from the first time racism has been recorded on Twitch: Korean streamer Giannie Lee was broadcasting her trip to Berlin, Germany in mid April when she encountered multiple instances of racist abuse, with bystanders pulling at their eyes and making a mockery of Asian languages in front of the camera.

TwitchCon Europe likewise saw an instance of racist abuse, with a bystander shouting a racial slur into another streamer’s camera as they passed through, which resulted in a tense confrontation that ultimately ended in the stream sniper’s apology.

The original Twitch clip of iGUMDROP’s racist behavior has since been deleted, although her channel remains intact as of the publication of this article.

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