UPDATE: – Amouranth’s responce to Twitch ban
ASMR ((autonomous sensory meridian response) a relaxing, often sedative sensation that begins on the scalp and moves down the body. Also known as “brain massage,” it’s triggered by placid sights and sounds such as whispers, accents, and crackles.) isn’t for everyone, but is enjoyed by many across the internet for various reasons. Some say it helps their anxiety, others say it helps them sleep better, some just enjoy the creepy feeling it gives them.
Over the last year or so, Twitch has seen the number of ASMR streamers increase, especially during the pandemic, when many were suffering from anxiety and other issues and looking for things that could help them. Twitch has also seen a rise in controversy when attractive, female streamers have been coming into the Just Chatting section and taking it over with their hot tub streams.
In response to this, the site made the decision, after much backlash from streamers in Just Chatting, to create a separate Hot Tub category.
However, it seems that those Spicy Streamers aren’t satisfied and are branching out into other categories. The latest corner of Twitch to be overtaken by these women is ASMR, which has seen well-known hot tub streamers bringing their own style of overly sexualised content.
This new meta has been questioned by both male and female streamers, who are unhappy with how Twitch is allowing things to happen.
Twitch-partnered streamer, Sweeettails, took to her channel to rant about what was happening. She was very careful about how she put things, noting that if she wasn’t, she could be criticised for being sexist. You can see an extract of her speech in the following tweet:
Her comments were echoed by Asmongold on his Twitter, where he expressed his feelings about the controversial ASMR streams. His comments can be seen in his tweet below:
Streamer Mushu called out the hypocrisy of Twitch for allowing these ASMR streams but not allowing her to have a “booty” emote on her channel. She had submitted the cartoon devil’s “booty” emote and received an email from Twitch saying it was inappropriate for the site.
She called the site out in a tweet, showing photos of Amouranth’s ASMR streams, and asked how it was possible for her emote to be banned and the streams were allowed.
This new ASMR style involved the streamer lying on a bed in tight leggings that show off her pert derrière, with her bum being the main thing the camera is focused on, and licking an ASMR mic for every subscription she received. Viewers could pay for the streamer to do various things whilst she did this, from writing their name on a white board, to staring into the camera while licking the mic, to jumping up and down on all fours in a horse mask and really going full in on that mic. That last one cost $500, in case you were wondering.
The controversy came, largely, due to the fact that the streams clearly went against Twitch’s TOS on Sexually Suggestive Content. The rules do not allow “camera focus on breasts, buttocks, or pelvic region…”, which these streams clearly were doing.
News came out today that many of these ASMR meta streamers have, indeed, been banned by the site. Their streams were mass reported after people across the internet called out their behaviour and Twitch’s lax attitude towards it.
Many people are applauding the fact that they have been removed from the platform, while others wonder how long it will be before people like Amouranth are allowed to return. This is, after all, not the first time she has been banned for breaching TOS, but she has always found a way to get back online.