- #DogsAgainstBrexit highlights the negative impact of Brexit on pets Monday 7:44 PM
- Congress investigating whether vaping manufacturers used social media bots Monday 6:34 PM
- Influencer accuses Lisa Frank of stealing apartment design, says that’s why she’s getting evicted (updated) Monday 6:12 PM
- Brits are sharing their ‘awfully British Amazon reviews’ on Twitter Monday 4:08 PM
- How to stream Mexico vs. Panama in Concacaf Nations League play Monday 3:38 PM
- How to stream U.S. vs. Canada in the Concacaf Nations League tournament Monday 3:21 PM
- Fortnite’s black hole launches conspiracy theories and memes Monday 3:19 PM
- WeWork pulls phone booths over formaldehyde concerns Monday 3:06 PM
- Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly having private meetings with prominent conservatives Monday 3:03 PM
- Firework is a social video app with a literal twist Monday 2:46 PM
- Pro-Trump meme comedian Carpe Donktum suspended by Twitter (updated) Monday 1:35 PM
- Here are all of the Disney+ titles available to stream at launch Monday 12:52 PM
- Rumor: Apple to release $399 iPhone SE follow-up next year Monday 12:44 PM
- Sulli, K-pop star who spoke against cyberbullying, dead at 25 Monday 12:37 PM
- The latest front in Turkey’s digital war against the Kurds? Google reviews Monday 12:19 PM
Did Twitch streamer Pokimane use the N-word in a recent video while she was live streaming herself? A short video of the incident is inconclusive, but some on Reddit believe that’s exactly what she did even though she forcefully denied it on Twitter Sunday night.
It’s unclear exactly when this broadcast took place, but Pokimane was playing League of Legends. It sounds like she said either, “Damn, this [N-word] is getting cucked” or “Damn, this [N-word] is getting fucked.” But some on Reddit weren’t so sure.
Many insisted she’s referring to “anivia,” a character in the game.
“You’re hearing ‘nivia’s’ combined with ‘getting.’ It’s definitely ‘This nivia’s getting,’” wrote one redditor.
Another chimed in by writing, “What makes more sense, pokimaine (sic) saying ‘that anivia is getting cucked’ when a character named Anivia just got killed in the game she’s playing, or pokimaine casually saying the n word on stream?”
Yet, others on the Reddit thread said they think Pokimane was being blatantly racist.
“Yeah…everyone saying she’s saying ‘anivia’ or ‘nivia’ is full of shit,” wrote DisableRedesing. “I clearly hear the ‘gg’ sound in the word, and no i sound after that. She said [N-word]. No doubt about it.”
In the past few months, Pokimane— whose real name is Imane Anys —has faced another big Twitch controversy. She sparred with YouTube star PewDiePie after he accused her of inappropriately using YouTube’s copyright system against another content creator. Months later, even her friend Alinity Divine continues to jokingly reference that controversy.
In this case, though, Pokimane defended herself and said she didn’t use a racial slur.
i said "this anivia" (shounded like "this nivia"), aka a champion in league of legends. smh when u found out keem is a fake gamer 😔— pokimane (@pokimanelol) March 4, 2019
on the real, stop baiting likes by spreading lies.
Wrote Pokimane, “I said ‘this anivia’ ([sounded] like ‘this nivia’), aka a champion in league of legends,” she wrote on Twitter. “ … On the real, stop baiting likes by spreading lies.”
- YouTube finally responds to the Momo challenge
- PewDiePie backs YouTube’s controversial response to pedophile content
- Logan Paul says he has brain damage that affects his empathy
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.