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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