Entertainment

YouTuber Emma Blackery explains erratic content in tearful vlog

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:20

by Alice Hearing

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YouTuber and musician Emma Blackery has explained why her content totally changed in the last two years and hit out at the music industry for “cruel” treatment in a tearful vlog.

Emma Blackery is a long-time British YouTuber who first began posting on the platform in 2012, she has 1.4 million subscribers and has been associated with other musicians who first began on YouTube such as Dodie Clark.

One of Emma’s most popular videos, which amassed almost 4 million views, revealed the truth behind YouTube rewind and how badly creators were treated during the filming of the 2017 version.

In 2018, Emma’s career expanded outside of YouTube and into the music industry after she released her debut album ‘Villains’ which charted at No.24 in the UK. However, between then and now, fans noticed she gained weight and her content was sporadic and irregular.

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Emma said the stress made her gain a stone in weight

She said it took her so long to tell the story, because “for a long time I just felt a lot of shame over everything that happened. I felt as though I could have done more to stop all of it from happening to me. I felt like it was my fault.”

In the video, Emma explained what happened and that there was an individual, who she doesn’t mention by name, that broke her trust and overspent a huge amount of her money during the promotion of her music.

“It really hit home just how much money was being spent. I remember bursting into tears… because I finally allowed myself to see this individual who I’d allowed so much access to my business to my career. l had allowed this tour and this album to cost me money that was just absolutely absurd for the longest time after that I felt so much anger.”

She went on to explain how the stress affected her content, adding “I began behaving a bit more erratically. I changed my image, my videos were all over the place…I couldn’t cope with it. I flipped. I deleted all my social media. I took every single app off my phone.”

It also affected her on a personal level: “People have really loved to point out over the last year or so I gained a lot of weight… I gained over a stone. My skin broke out and I started to develop what I now know is a mild form of facial psoriasis.”

However, while she’s doing better, Emma finished by saying that her content will still be different from what it was before: “In case you’re wondering I’m just making things that make me happy because at this time right now I just need to focus on my own happiness.”

Overwatch

Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.