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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.”
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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.