The 'Gamer Girl Bath Water' Saga Keeps Getting Stranger

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Apparently, a lot of weird things can happen when you decide to sell “gamer girl bath water” on the internet. On July 1, Belle Delphine, a UK-based internet personality known for viral stunts and Patreon-supported NSFW content, announced on her Instagram that she would be selling her bath water to fans via her online store for $US30 ($43) per jar.

On its face, it’s pretty run-of-the-mill stuff; for years, people on the internet have been selling all manner of intimate items, from underwear to yes, bath water. Delphine’s decision to market her bath water as belonging to a “gamer girl” in particular is a little unusual. What’s more unusual, though, is how much controversy Delphine’s bath water sale has stirred up since she announced it.

Part of this could be due to Delphine’s sale escaping the orbit of her usual followers. Twitter user @wsupden posted Delphine’s sale in a viral tweet, which likely exposed it to a wider audience. (Delphine would later announce that she sold out in two days’ time, something she said she “didn’t expect”.) Delphine’s sale also almost immediately inspired some vehement reactions, including accusations that her bath water was dangerous or a scam.

Among the accusations were claims that Delphine had herpes and that she had infected those who purchased her bath water. These were fuelled largely in part by the (now-suspended) Twitter user BakeRises who, per Snopes, impersonated the UK publication The Daily Mail in order to fabricate a headline about Delphine’s water sale having caused a herpes outbreak.

Yesterday, yet another viral tweet cited an anonymous “molecular biologist” who claimed that Delphine’s bath water was not, in fact, bath water, since it supposedly contains no traces of human DNA. This, the post went on, would mean that her customers had grounds for a class action lawsuit.

Throughout all of this, YouTubers had been uploading videos claiming they had received Delphine’s bath water, although some (like the YouTuber Vito) admitted that they we’re just pulling a stunt of their own and did not actually have Delphine’s water.

According to Delphine’s social media, no one had the bath water anyway, because it hadn’t yet been shipped to customers when these accusations emerged. This morning, Delphine posted a response to the rumours on both Instagram and Twitter, in which she stated that “nobody has been hospitalised from my bath water, or have gotten sick. All of these memes were posted before I even shipped any out.”

(Delphine did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

There’s one other thing that’s important to understand about Delphine. She is, as Patricia Hernandez noted over at Polygon, a troll. Three weeks ago, Delphine posted a (NSFW) photo on Instagram, writing in the caption that if it got 1 million likes, she’d open up a PornHub account.

True to her word, once the post accrued the requisite likes, she did create a PornHub account—and then she proceeded to only post non-pornographic videos that had suggestive titles. It was a wildly successful stunt, one that even PewDiePie got involved in.

It is not a huge stretch to assert that Delphine, who has built up a body of work that can be read as satirical, might be in the midst of some sort of long-term joke here, especially given her long list of stunts that all tend to subvert or toy with well-established fetish tropes. Even the notion of “gamer girl bath water” plays with all manner of stereotypes about women in games and how some men see them: as mythical unicorns to lust after.

Coupled with the general contempt that mainstream culture holds for sex work and adjacent business practices like the selling of bath water, Delphine’s latest stunt is a perfect storm stirred up in the heart of an internet culture that is still content to objectify women and reacts with anger when said objectification makes the objectifiers the butt of a joke.

Especially when it’s a really good joke.


Comments

    How do you sell out of bath water? Have another bath, sell even more. It's crazy what people will buy.

      It's an engineered sell out. Undersupply the product and drive demand, make headlines for selling out. (Free marketing). Gain more customers who sign up to her other products.

      She's a marketing genius. It shows when how many youtubers have already faked getting her bathwater to try and drive their own star higher.

      “How do you sell out of bath water?“

      She’s British.

        Harsh. And yet, I still laughed. Up arrow for you!

          I wish we had some kind of prizes to give out for comments like that

    Didn't somebody once sell a jar containing a fart from Brittany Spears?

    Yesterday, yet another viral tweet cited an anonymous “molecular biologist” who claimed that Delphine’s bath water was not, in fact, bath water, since it supposedly contains no traces of human DNA.If I put water in a bath but don't get in, it's not water from a bath, aka bath water? What if I put a clean dish in a sink full of water? Does that make it dishwater or do the dishes need to be dirty? Man, what if everything I thought I knew is wrong? ...

      It doesn't seem like a mistake a molecular biologist would make, does it. Never mind that it's more likely to be a forensic biologist analysing trace DNA in water since molecular biologists are more concerned with the processes inside the cell than outside. But hey, anonymous 'argument from authority' fallacies are always believable.

        Must be a really good molecular biologist to do the tests without a sample.

        Now that I think about it, by their definition would a drink with backwash be bathwater because it has human DNA in it?

          At this point it seems like these biologists are out of their depth and we need an expert philosophy consultant instead.

      What if I put water in a bath and then do my dishes in it? Is that dishwater or bathwater? What if I'm in the bath while I'm doing the dishes, bathing in the same water that all the food scraps are now in, what then?

        Remind never to come to your place for dinner! Though I am curious what you use for a dishrack....

          I’ve got my own dish rack, it holds a single plate.

    This is fucking disgusting and what the actual fuck, people "haven't gotten sick" you mean people are drinking this, the world is full of degenerates.

    This is so pathetic and sad.

    Can we go back to articles about games etc instead of this creepy, cringe inducing drivel?

    She's got a product a fella's gotta have.
    Is it fucked up? Oh my yes. But, if people are buying it for whatever reason, ya know, all the power to her.

    I won't lie, it's pretty slick marketing and if some thirsty neckbeard is dumb enough to buy this stuff, then power to her. But there's something about this girl that really grinds my teeth to stumps. Maybe it's the fact that every photo I've seen of her (except the one for this article) she's poking her tongue out? I honestly don't know to be honest. I have zero problems with "gamer girls" (or girls or women at all) and believe that everyone has the right to be themselves as long as they're not hurting others. There's just some undefinable quality about her that really irks me, like a LOT. Almost like an anti-"X factor"

    Desperate nerds want to buy water a chick has sat in, lol.

    It is not a huge stretch to assert that Delphine, who has built up a body of work that can be read as satirical, might be in the midst of some sort of long-term joke here, especially given her long list of stunts that all tend to subvert or toy with well-established fetish tropes. Even the notion of “gamer girl bath water” plays with all manner of stereotypes about women in games and how some men see them: as mythical unicorns to lust after.

    A joke that has already gone too far to come back from? I don't get it? If it is a joke, it's pretty hypocritical or a porn star to troll her followers while simultaneously feeding these tropes.

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