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‘It makes me feel so stupid.’
Tana Mongeau has a huge following on YouTube with 3.8 million subscribers and with more than 510 million total page views. But a week into her experiment with livestreaming on Twitch, she admitted she doesn’t really know what she’s doing and she knows some Twitch users aren’t happy she’s there.
While streaming during a house party at Instagram star Dan Bilzerian’s house—which also featured Cardi B and Tyga—Mongeau said she wasn’t a “gamer girl” and discussed her struggles with the streaming platform. In essence, Mongeau said she’s “failing miserably.”
“Twitch has been very hard for me,” Mongeau said. “It makes me feel so stupid. I don’t understand it at all. … It’s very complicated. Once you figure it out, it’s really cool. But it’s been hard for me.”
Last week, Mongeau made her debut on the platform, calling herself the “new titty streamer” and saying,“I told you guys I’d be back with my makeup done, my hair done, and my tits out.” As of this writing, she’s accumulated about 3,600 followers on Twitch, but not many were pleased to see her.
I'd despair at Tana Mongeau landing on Twitch, if it weren't for there already being umpteen of these poisonous little monsters already dumping their version of content all over that website anyway. pic.twitter.com/1TukTf2fXL— Dominic (@domundich) February 9, 2019
annoyed that tana mongoose thinks she can be a just chatting twitch streamer to make money lol— mad did dee™️ (@maddiddee) February 9, 2019
Cool I see you are bringing nothing of value to twitch.— Brandon (@Knappdevs) February 9, 2019
It’s not unlike the reaction when Logan Paul joined Twitch last March and began livestreaming Fortnite.
Like Paul, Mongeau has also faced plenty of controversy on YouTube. She hosted a disaster of a video convention last June that had to be shut down after it was overrun by fans, and she was blasted for sexualizing 15-year-old YouTuber JoJo Siwa with Mongeau’s Halloween costume. It’s affected her YouTube popularity, and on her channel, she writes that she’s simply “a struggling demonetized influencer.” As Dexerto noted, she’s gained less than 200,000 subscribers in the last seven months.
So, she’s trying something new.
“I’ve been Twitching for like the last week and I love it,” Mongeau said at Bilzerian’s party. “I love livestreaming, I think it’s awesome and my fans really like it. But I don’t know if the Twitch community is as excited for me as I would like for them to be.”
So far, they’re certainly not impressed, and it seems Mongeau has plenty of work to do to win them over.
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.