Popular video game streamer banned for dressing in blackface
A well known video game streamer and cosplayer has been banned from the world’s most popular live streaming platform for appearing in blackface.
Karina 'Karupups' Martsinkevich was using Twitch – a video game streaming platform owned by Amazon - when she started transforming herself to look like black Apex Legends character while on livestream.
The Lithuanian streamer, who is white, was dressed in the character’s costume and had done her hair to match. However, when she started applying makeup to match the video game character’s dark skin tone, the outrage began.
Her account was rapidly suspended by Twitch’s moderation team, although the stream continued on her YouTube account – she has since deleted the YouTube video.
In a subsequent video on YouTube account, she apologised to anyone who "felt pain" because of her actions and confirmed that she had been banned for a month for "incitement to hatred towards a person or a group of people".
"It wasn’t meant to have [sic] a joke of anyone. It was just a cosplay, guys, for my favourite legend from a computer game," she explained.
She added in Lithuania there no education around the history of blackface.
"I made a mistake because I didn't have enough information,” she said.
Twitch has a long history of issuing bans for inappropriate behaviour and language than many other streaming platforms.
Earlier this year, streamer AriaNina was banned from the platform for appearing on a live stream wearing nothing but body paint.
While Twitch allows body painted streamers – who are effectively nude apart from the paint – AriaNina ran into trouble because she only had a small area of paint covering her chest.
Because she was otherwise entirely exposed, Twitch deemed it sexually suggestive content and was a violation of its policies.
What is Twitch?
Twitch is the world's most popular live streaming video platform and is the bread and butter for many professional gamers.
Income depends on the size of the audience, with popular streamers receiving a 60-70 per cent cut of each subscriber's $A6.72 monthly subscription fee.
Professionals also receive monthly payments from ad revenue, donations from fans and sponsorship deals.
Twitch is free to join and has more than 15 million daily active users, with more than 241 billion hours of gaming content livestreamed on the platform.
Amazon purchased the platform for $A1.3 billon.
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