Twitch’s most popular female streamer, Imane ‘Pokimane’ is currently on a break from streaming.
Her break coincides with a vicious witch hunt that has been sparked after a tactically cropped clip was spread on social media, to make it appear as though she said a racial slur.
Pokimane, one of Twitch’s biggest names, has faced several scandals in the past, including copyright-claiming YouTube videos critical of her content, for which she was called out by PewDiePie.
This latest “scandal,” however, is simply proof that an on-stream moment can be tactically clipped in this case, to make the streamer appear to use a racial slur.
Did Pokimane Say the N-Word?
Pokimane did not say the n-word. At least not in this July 9 video of her playing Valorant and laughing with her teammates. “Like who asked?” Pokimane actually says.
This is obvious when the clip is not trimmed to the exact point where it has been shared numerous times on social media, because Pokimane says, “Like who asked?” By removing the first “like,” the “like who” is easily misheard as a racial slur.
Here’s the video, with ten seconds, added to make it clear Pokimane said “like” rather than the “n-word.”
The video that went viral on social media was only 14 seconds long, and it starts right after Pokimane says “like” for the first time.
This prompted a flood of tweets from both small and large accounts, as well as some streamers, proclaiming confidently that Pokimane had boldly used the n-word.
“It’s the sad truth,” said PunkDaGod, a fighting game pro.
Many other tweets repeated the claim that Pokimane used the slur as if it were true.
One common trend is to criticize Twitter news posted Jake Lucky for failing to draw attention to something that did not occur.
GreekGodX has even suggested that Jake Lucky is avoiding posting it on purpose in order to maintain relationships with OfflineTV, the streamer group in which Pokimane is a member.
It is worth noting that Pokimane did, in fact, use a racial slur on a stream over 8 years ago.
She apologized for this incident in 2020, stating that she is sincerely sorry if what she said hurt anyone.
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Pokimane did not use the n-word. Every clip used to make the opposite claim has been expertly trimmed to remove the first “like” a deliberate attempt to twist the incident and have Pokimane banned, canceled, and labeled a racist.