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Twitch Streamer Gets 30-Day Ban for Cosplaying as Lifeline

  • Streamer accused of “hateful conduct.”
  • Said she wanted to celebrate favorite character.
  • Branded as racist by games media. 

Pictured above is Lithuanian streamer Karina “Karupups” Martsinkevich as she looks while not in cosplay. And below is Karupups in full cosplay of her favorite character from Apex Legends, Lifeline. Last Saturday, Karupups was streaming a “Just Chatting” session while she prepared her cosplay. From her audience of 169 viewers, pictures of the stream quickly spread to Twitter, where dozens gathered to see who could say “yikes” the most convincingly.

Before she could complete her cosplay preparations, Twitch shut her stream down. Karupups was then given a 30-day suspension for “engaging in hateful conduct against a person or group of people.” But not once during her stream did Karupups disparage any individual or group of people. Instead, her cosplay was done as an act of celebration of favorite character.

Yet this fact did nothing to stop several games media outlets that I won’t link here from immediately branding what Karupups did as ultimately racist, regardless of intention. But rather than disseminating their claims or attempting to engage with their… let’s call it reasoning, I will simply include Karupups’ YouTube response. Listen to her words and decide for yourself whether you think she engaged in “hateful conduct against a person or group of people.” Then tell me in the comments below what judgement you reached.

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  1. She nailed it. What a great cosplay such attention to detail should be applauded not bullied into submission because she chose to change her skin colour to look like her favourite character. Lift the ban.

  2. Racist mainstream media at it again → Guess skin color is more important than everything else #BigYikes

  3. Not too surprising considering Twitch’s arbitrary rules. The obvious solution for cosplayers is to stop cosplaying outside of their own race, which in itself will be considered racist and not applied to non-white people.

  4. Thomas_JCG on April 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm said

    So much for Exclusively Games…

  5. This should be a news story for some other website, one that is not Exclusively Games.

  6. Sven Rosenhammer on April 16, 2019 at 5:43 pm said

    And here i thought this site was called exclusivelygames… feeling kinda bummed now.I know this political corectness bullshit is spreading everywere like the cancer it is and i thought i would escape from this shit at least here. I am NOT criticising, i am just sad that there really seems to be really no escape from this shit! Sucks to be me i guess…

  7. BrigandBoy on April 16, 2019 at 6:09 pm said

    “I did a mistake.”Yes, ma’am. You did. You made a costume that was as accurate as you could make it. In today’s world, that’s racist.

    Twitch can diaf.

  8. Kaijuichi on April 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm said

    My judgement is straight forward — typical urinalists are off their rocker. Blackface isn’t cosplay and Blackface is also a western (ie, US) construct. It’s unreasonable to expect other cultures to adhere or relate to a US cultural issue. This was terrible judgement on Twitch’s side…as usual.

  9. Brian Anderson on April 17, 2019 at 1:33 am said

    Listen this sucks, but this is Exclusively Games. I thought this site was about games?

  10. I agree with the ‘exclusively games’ comments. However, these people are human ( I suspect), surely we can allow them an oversight

  11. A Disappointed Wendigo on April 17, 2019 at 4:53 am said


    I’ll stick with the Line of Sight videos. Ya’ll have fun.

  12. Listen I get that that she’s probably just a legit fan of the character, but this is one situation where I have to say “DUH”. I dislike SJWs as much as the next guy, but c’mon the stigma against blackface isn’t anything new and I’m not for defending ppl who basically just ask for controversy.

  13. What the hell guys.

    ExclusivelyGames is not putting any spin on this. This is reporting something that is relevant to most people seeing Apex’s and Twitch’s preponderance on our community.

    I have no problem with them saying “hey this happened”, unlike other sites that say “hey this happened [because sjw reason]”.

    • There’s a very clear political stance which is that the author believes it was an unjust ban due to the fact he personally finds it inoffensive. Just because it isn’t an “sjw reason” doesn’t mean it’s not a political stance.

  14. Jallexon81 on April 18, 2019 at 1:47 pm said

    Ah outrage culture.

    1. I don’t think people are really outraged.
    A. On the one end, I think people are bored. (Those who have really nothing to gain other than emotional satisfaction.)
    B. On the other end, there are those who are outraged with possibly malicious intent to their outrage. see attacks on Vic Mignogna, and inorganic objects that represent history/culture.
    C. The outraged who do not seek to profit and are not outraged out of bordem are not offering a triage and mitigation plan to settle this issue and prevent its reoccurrence in the future well still allowing people to move on with life and make a living. Because group C does not exist to my knowledge.

    2. I think the people who are outraged fall into one or more categories:
    A: Attention seekers.
    B: Being outraged is their form of entertainment.
    C: Is their sad chosen purpose in life.
    D. Looking to profit.

    3. The good news is the craziness with Youtube led to Floatplane’s development by Linus Media Group, The weaponization of traditional games journalism led to sites like exclusively games. etc, etc Twitch has already caused the creation of alternatives like Dlive and mixer.

    I theorize Skynet did not cause judgment day out of fear for its life. It downloaded the internet circa 2001 onward and assumed it was doing us a favor. When AI realizes what we humans appear to value via our media and our perceivably overblown response to “offensive content” the AI will do the math.

    A blue solo cup offense me why? The cup can’t do anything but I the silly human choose to give the cup emotional power over me and let my emotions adversely affect my ability to think, act and function normally. (Not really, I am just being absurd)

  15. I don’t come here to get irritated with SJW BS, I come here to read about games. This article is against the spirit of the site

  16. I like this article but I don’t think it should be on Exclusively games. It goes against the concept of separating politics from video games. It also seems to have a slight bias insinuating she did nothing wrong.
    Personally, I think she did nothing wrong but if you are reporting on this you should keep your opinion out of it and just report the facts.

    This is constructive criticism, not hate.

  17. Chrispy_0 on April 19, 2019 at 5:02 pm said

    To the person cosplaying, it was about cosplaying as the character from a video game. It was literally, exclusively about the game…..until Twitch didn’t think so and handed out a 30 day ban based on an american point of view being imposed on the rest of the world.

    While this article is about both games and politics, I appreciate that Exclusively Games went on ahead and published the article and posted a picture of the cosplay, which I think is wonderful, also accurate. I probably would have never gotten the chance to see it otherwise.

  18. mikes-country on April 20, 2019 at 6:45 am said

    Yaaa.. I don’t know about this one. I don’t think she did anything wrong but I’ll be honest, after everything Jeremy has been saying to hype this site being totally A-political, I am surprised to see this article. Please be careful where you draw the line Jeremy. I think this crosses it.

  19. Trigglypuff on April 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm said

    Holy shit if this article triggles you into “I ThOuGhT ThIs Is FoR gAmEs OnLy” then maybe this site isnt for you. Apex, cosplayers, and twitch all have to do with gaming. The guy says this happened and regardless of your opinion in it, it is factually unfair how she was treated and it says so in the article.

    If this was an opinion piece, im sure the author wouldve posted a whole lot more about his opinion on the matter, how you should feel about it, and what to do from here on out you sensitive twits.

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