“I feel really bad for legitimate ASMR artists.”
Pokimane, one of the most popular streamers on Twitch and Youtube, has finally voiced out her concerns about the controversy behind ‘earlicking ASMR’ issue. She shared some of her views about the recent banned streams of her co-creators, Amouranth and Indiefoxx. Here’s what she has to say about them.
Pokimane issue vs. earlicking ASMR
Fortnite and League of Legends (LOL) streamer Pokimane posted on her channel, a series of her comments about the recent controversies on Twitch platform. She expressed her concern against the instant trend of ‘earlicking ASMR,’ and the issue of Twitch not doing its best to identify which videos are sexual or not.
The ‘earlicking ASMR’ or also called as ‘ASMR-meta,’ is the latest trend on Twitch and Youtube, wherein streamers boost their views by whispering into their microphones or producing licking sounds. This was the recent trend, popularized by controversial streamers, Amouranth (Kaitlyn Siragusa) and Indiefoxx (Jenelle Dagres).
As co-creator, Pokimane said this trend was not a good example for ASMR artists. She expressed her reaction by saying she felt bad for original ASMR creators who have given their talent and time to make videos, without sexualizing anything.
“I feel really bad for legitimate ASMR artists. For people to come into your category and get to the top by doing the splits with their butt out and gurgling into a mic? It sucks, it’s unfortunate.”
Twitch vs. Pokimane
Other than the ASMR issue, Pokimane also expressed her voice against Twitch for allegedly not categorizing sexual contents properly. She also quoted the issue of ‘hot-tub streaming’ which was also popularized by Amouranth before.
I called it. I hate to be that Andy but I called it. When we talked about the hot-tub meta I said listen, Twitch, it doesn’t matter if you make a new section for this or ban these individual people or ban hot tub streams indoors, they’re going to find another way of pushing the envelope. It’s not specifically hot tubs that were the issue, the issue was that Twitch has no way of categorizing sexually suggestive content and on a platform where the top or most viewed channels are extremely forward-facing, you’re creating an inevitable time bomb for yourself.”
Last month, Tech Visibility reported about Amouranth getting banned from taking ads on her videos due to her sexualized way of game streaming. The hot-tub streaming is when the gamer usually wears swimsuits while sitting in a tub or swimming pool, during in-game. Amouranth said at the time, Twitch didn’t contact her before pulling out all ads on her videos.
“Twitch didn’t reach out in any way whatsoever. I had to initiate the conversation after noticing, without any prior warning, all the ads revenue had disappeared from my channel analytics.”
So far, the two mentioned ‘earlicking ASMR’ creators are suspended from Twitch. The gaming platform already apologized for the ‘unclear’ rules against sexual videos on their platform. But also insists they were just protecting women streamers from being objectified through these kinds of content.