Pokimane Gives Response to Racial Slur Video Controversy

Nicholas Barth,

March 5, 2019 1:36 PM

Popular content creator Pokimane has given a public response to a video that has resurfaced on social media where a younger Pokimane states a racial slur.

Twitch streamer and YouTuber Imane "Pokimane" Anys has recently found herself in the middle of a social media controversy when a video of a younger Pokimane resurfaced on Twitter that shows footage of the content creator stating a racial slur during a stream. With the video post on Twitter gaining significant traction in the past day, Pokimane took to Twitter in order to respond to the situation. 

In response to the video at the center of the latest controversy that has involved Pokimane, the popular Twitch personality stated that it is hard for her to speak on the context regarding the footage in question. 

"Hard for me to speak on this clip's context because it's so old (I'm almost 23 and was underage in that clip), but it was definitely not said in a racist or derogatory manner. it was a time period/environment where saying it was more common and used as a replacement for 'dude'," said Pokimane. 

"It's been many years and I don't ever say it now because I realize it's distasteful and looks bad," Pokimane continued. "And I've never said it in a racist way / hard r either (just in a cringey way, unfortunately)."

This statement by Pokimane comes after the Twitch streamer had given another response to a separate video posted by YouTuber Daniel "KEEMSTAR" Keem that contained footage from a older stream of Pokimane's where many believed that the content creator had said the same racial slur as the video above during a League of Legends Match. 

"I said 'this anivia' (shounded like "this nivia"), aka a champion in league of legends. smh when u found out keem is a fake gamer on the real, stop baiting likes by spreading lies," said Pokimane. 

Pokimane is no stranger to addressing controversy brought against her, as she had previously produced a YouTube video responding to allegations from YouTuber Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg that she had been abusing the copyright strike feature on the popular video sharing platform. 

(cover photo courtesy of HyperX)


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