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Twitch pulls LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter videos after obvious criticism

Twitch has pulled Black Live Matter and LGBTQ+ videos after some rather obvious criticism.

Last weekend, the streaming company published a video in support of the queer community, and while most of its message was spot on, it concluded with the phrase, “When the G in LGBTQIA+ also stands for gamer.”

Needless to say, those in the queer community — alongside allies — weren’t impressed.

In response, Twitch pulled the video and republished it without the offensive tagline.

Next, Twitch decided to publish a Black Lives Matter video this week. The video, which ran for just under a single minute, had only one spoken line from a Black streamer. All up, the video featured Black streamers for 11 seconds total.

This time, Twitch didn’t republish an amended video, but did provide something resembling an apology.

“We hear you,” Twitch’s statement reads. “Our goal was to demonstrate the importance of allyship – a message we didn’t make clear. Only by working together can we create a positive change.”

In June, Twitch and its CEO, Emmett Shear, were accused of ignoring those who’ve previously reported sexual harassment and abuse.


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