Week’s biggest drama: Addison Rae’s BBMAs moment goes viral, Joe Rogan teases Kanye West episode, more

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This week has been nothing short of a full-on rollercoaster in the online world; from Addison Rae going viral over her “awkward” presentation at the BBMAs to Pokimane slamming her “creepy” Twitch viewers, things are seriously ramping up in the social media space, and we’ve got all the info you need to stay updated on the tea.

So… what’s brewing?

Addison Rae goes viral for “awkward” BBMAs presentation

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Addison Rae came under fire after presenting Harry Styles’ award at the BBMAs this week.

Who’s involved? Addison Rae is one of TikTok’s most popular (and highest-earning) content creators, who has taken to hanging out with the likes of Kourtney Kardashian after launching her very own makeup line.

What’s the tea? Considering her celebrity status, it comes as little surprise that Rae was conscripted to help host the 2020 Billboard Music Awards — but some critics didn’t find her performance to be up to snuff.

During her presentation for Harry Styles’ Billboard Chart Achievement Award, Rae didn’t open up her envelope, which is the general tradition for those presenting such awards. This moment soon went viral, with many dubbing her presentation “awkward” and wondering why a TikToker was at such a prestigious event in the first place.

How did she respond? It doesn’t look like Rae is letting the haters get her down, though, as the star later posted a series of bombshell Instagram photos with the caption: “After last night’s show, I finally learned how to open an envelope! Thank you @BBMAs >


What do you think of her response to the criticism? Do you think social media influencers should host major award shows?

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Pokimane hits out at “creepy” Twitch viewers

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Twitch star Pokimane is hitting back at “creepy” viewers who take ill-intentioned clips from her broadcasts.

Who’s involved? Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, also hailed for her involvement in the broadcasting group ‘OfflineTV.’

What’s the tea? As one of Twitch’s most well-known female broadcasters, it stand to reason that she isn’t new to having the occasional creep in her chat from time to time — but it seems that she’s had enough with users who take “creep clips” from her stream.

“Creep clips” are, in essence, short clips taken from women’s broadcasts that paint an otherwise innocent moment in a sexual light, such as when someone clips a streamer turning away from the camera or bending over to pick something up.

What did Pokimane say? Both Pokimane and streamer QuarterJade hit out at these types of clips in a series of tweets, with QuarterJade very pointedly telling such users: “F**K YOU.”

This post appeared to spark some backlash, which prompted Pokimane to speak out on the matter:

“Why do we, as female streamers, need to work around the creeps in our chat?” she replied. “Especially in regular and far-from-sexual scenarios, like standing up from our chairs lol.”

What do you think about “creep clips?” Do you think Twitch can do anything to stop disturbing viewers from creating these kinds of videos?

Read the whole story here.

Bella Poarch hits back at criticism for acting “kawaii”

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Bella Poarch has come under fire for acting too “childlike” in her TikToks.

Who’s involved? Bella Poarch is a TikToker who is quickly rising to internet fame, even rivaling the likes of Charli D’Amelio after seeming to earn double the amount of views on her videos and breaking a TikTok record.

What’s the tea? Despite Poarch’s popularity, many critics are taking an issue with how she presents herself in her videos, with quite a few commenters being concerned over her “childlike” mannerisms.

Poarch hit out at these comments in a pointed tweet, claiming that being “kawaii” is a common part of Asian culture that she, as a Flipino, wants to be part of.

“Why is it not allowed to act cute?” she wrote. “It’s a natural thing to most Asians. But people seem to hate me for it. I’m Filipino and in the Philippines, we love ulzzang and kawaii culture. I grew up with it, so why can’t I just be myself?”

What’s the verdict? It looks like the internet isn’t sympathizing with her reasoning, however, with some critics accusing her of “fetishizing acting childlike.”

What’s your take on the situation? Do you think Poarch is acting too “childlike” for her age?

Read the whole story here.

Joe Rogan teases podcast episode with Kanye West

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Podcast star Joe Rogan could be gearing up for an episode with music artist Kanye West.

Who’s involved? Joe Rogan is a well-known figure in the online world, best known for his uber-popular podcast, ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,’ which features all manner of celebrity guests.

What’s the tea? Assuming that rapper Kanye West needs no introduction, it seems like Rogan could be featuring him on an upcoming episode, after being specifically asked by the music artist in a recent tweet.

“Would love to go on Joe Rogan’s podcast LIVE this week,” Yeezus tweeted. “I have my team trying to get your number. Joe, I’m in Calabasas. Let’s do this, my friend.”


Fans will know that Rogan has attempted to get Kanye on his podcast quite a few times in the past, so with Kanye himself expressing an open interest in appearing on the show, it seems like this idea could very likely become a reality in the near future.

How do you think this potential episode could turn out? Think we’ll get any updates on the Kim Kardashian situation?

Read the whole story here.

Dave Portnoy starts a war with TikTok

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Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy and Josh Richards are coming under fire from fans of Nessa Barrett after their podcast episode sparked some drama in the TikTok space.

Who’s Involved? Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy and TikToker Josh Richards have begun their very own podcast, ‘BFFs’ — but it seems its first episode has already sparked an all-out war in the TikTok realm.

What’s the tea? During the podcast’s first episode, Portnoy appeared to call out Richards’ ex-girlfriend, TikToker Nessa Barrett, who infamously went viral for dancing to the Koran being read aloud.

Claiming that Nessa had been “using” Richards, Portnoy’s comments sparked the ire of Nessa’s fans, who went to bat for the young singer in a passionate tirade of social media posts.

Needless to say, Portnoy didn’t seem bothered by the heat, even tweeting out an edit of a comical fight scene with other influencers’ faces placed over the characters’.


While Barrett herself has yet to weigh in on the matter, her fans are doing the heavy lifting for her, just a week after she claimed she “regretted” her kiss with Chase Hudson. Her reason? She was still in love with Chase, who appears to have completely moved on from the drama.

Read the whole story here.

This week was chock-full of online drama. What is your take on the “TikTok war” between Dave Portnoy and a bunch of youngsters making dance videos? Do you think Addison Rae should have received all that backlash for her presentation at the BBMAs? Let us know on Twitter @DexertoTrending and comment what you think the biggest story of this week was!

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