Twitch Bans Two Popular Streamers After ASMR Ear-Licking Videos

Twitch Bans Two Popular Streamers After ASMR Ear-Licking Videos
Image: Indiefoxx - Twitch

In news that I never thought would actually be news: Twitch has reportedly banned streamers for, get this, pretending to lick your ear. You truly cannot make this shit up.

Just a month after Twitch finally caved to community pressure and introduced a Pools, Hot Tubs and Beaches streaming category, it has decided to do the complete opposite for the ASMR community by reportedly banning streamers for making ear-licking sounds.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so you might want to sit down.

ASMR is hardly new on Twitch, and a lot of the time it’s safe-for-work and not inherently sexual. Many people use it as a sort of white noise machine, or to help them relax after a stressful day.

At the time of publishing, the ASMR Twitch category has a whopping 2.4 million followers, with ear-licking videos (from both humans and cats) dominating the niche.

However, the ear-licking category has ruffled some feathers recently, resulting in two of the most popular streamers in this niche — Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa and Jenelle “Indiefoxx” Dagres — getting banned from the platform.

While Twitch is yet to officially comment on the ban, or disclose a reason, it is believed to be a result of the content and clothing during streams, which push the boundaries of Twitch’s terms of service.

Both streamers have been banned from the platform for unspecified lengths of time, which has reportedly resulted in a huge spike in interest on OnlyFans for Amouranth.

If Amouranth sounds familiar, it’s because she also happened to be the streamer at the centre of the hot tub streaming controversy that recently resulted in Twitch back-pedalling on its demonetisation of her channel.

At the time, Twitch said that “being found to be sexy by others is not against our rules, and Twitch will not take enforcement action against women, or anyone on our service, for their perceived attractiveness.”

The responses to both streamers’ bans have been mixed, with many asserting that the Twitch TOS is vague and unclear on exactly what does and doesn’t violate the policy.

However, other big streamers such as Pokimane have since come out asserting that streamers who reportedly “push the envelope” could be hurting the rest of the ASMR community.

“I feel really bad for legitimate ASMR artists,” she said on-stream. “For people to come into your category and get to the top by doing the splits with their butt out and gurgling into a mic? It sucks, it’s unfortunate.”

At this point, all we know for sure is that both streamers have copped bans, with the reason and length of the suspension yet to be specified.

Kotaku Australia has reached out to Twitch for comment and will update this story accordingly.

Comments

  • Performing splits with their butt out while gurgling into a mic? Im sorry but who is doing this? I just need to know so i can stay morally pure and avoid this sort of… discomforting behaviour!

    • Its certainly an unusual mental image. I always thought the ASMR thing was best enjoyed as a pure audio experience. The setups for proper earlicking recording so that you can have the best experience of the sound originating from either ear sounds a bit more complex than that.

    • That’s spot on. They’re knowingly pushing the boundaries of what they can get away with, and then act offended and hurt when they get banned (even though they know it’s just going to blow up their subs on OnlyFans).

      It’s weird internet fuckery at it’s finest.

    • the only thing that summarises is how truly painful and over-reactive bad American content creators can be

        • Because the whole thing was completely vacuous. Someone trying to come off as wise but failing to understand the larger, more complicated picture.

          As for your second link, it was just as bad, there is a difference between equity and equality. The idea that feminism wants literal equality is throughly flawed, yet is constantly dragged up by their detractors.

          • It’s ok… We won’t judge you for paying subjectively attractive women to help get your jollies off on twitch.

            As for your last paragraph. You’re 100% correct. “Feminists” realised quickly that they’d still have to put in work if their goal was “equality”(that is equal opportunity). That was never the aim, even though they still feel they hold a monopoly on “equality for all”. Of course the desired outcome is “equity”(that is equality of outcome). Put in less work, get the same outcome. Why wouldn’t anyone want that?

          • if you want equity. then just know everyone, you can apply for a nsw covid vacine, you will be denied based on numerous things you cant control. but one of the first things they ask is if you are abo. say yes and instantly you can get a vaccine. so much for no racism. equity means we can all get the vaccine regardless of anything else.

  • I see my comment was deleted which pointed out the blatant misinformation that’s still in the opening sentence. Sad.

  • There is nothing that someone out there doesn’t find sexual, what is Twitch going to do, ban everything in existence and shut down? Not to mention the overt sexism displayed by it, Facebooke, Instagram etc. It’s disgusting.

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