Twitch streamer Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa expertly stopped the trolls in one word, and we salute her for it.
In a recent stream, she opened up about the vile abuse she regularly receives from trolls.
“People always ask me: Amouranth, how do you deal with so many haters all the time? ” she said.
“Constantly on the internet, in chat, and off-platform,” I call myself w *** e, s ** t, s *** k, s ** g, ugly, fat, stupid, b ** * h, but you know how they never called me? Broke “”
Amouranth is no stranger to controversy and regularly pushes the boundaries of Twitch’s terms of service.
In May, she hot tub streams were demonetized and considered “not suitable for advertisers”.
While not against Twitch’s Terms of Service, Amouranth believed her feeds were unfairly targeted, possibly due to her popularity on the platform.
More recently, she launched ASMR streams that include licking microphones and wearing a horse mask – no inherently sexual content, but that could be misinterpreted as such.
Kotaku even described her as “the smartest troll on Twitch.”
Regardless of the controversy, she remains one of Twitch’s most popular streamers, currently with 4.2 million followers.
So there is no danger that Amouranth will go bankrupt anytime soon as her fan base continues to grow – despite the appalling abuse she has received.
Sadly, the vile comments she regularly faces are a prime example of the type of abuse women receive online.
Female Twitch streamers face violent abuse almost daily, including bodily shame, stalking and sexualization.
A survey earlier this year found that 59% of women hide their identity when playing online games.
Companies such as Fnatic and The * gameHERS are now finding ways to support women online, especially in the uniquely masculine realm of esports.
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