Trans Streamer Keffals Says Twitch Banned Her For ‘Openly Talking’ About Abuse She Receives

Trans Streamer Keffals Says Twitch Banned Her For ‘Openly Talking’ About Abuse She Receives
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Trans streamer Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti made a name for herself on Twitch as an outspoken advocate on LGBTQ+ issues in late February of this year after Texas Governor George Abbott directed the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate the parents of trans kids for child abuse. Now Sorrenti says she’s been banned for a month for trying, during a recent livestream, to show past examples of the hateful abuse she receives.

“My account got mass reported before I even started and I am banned from Twitch,” she tweeted on July 18. “I’ll do the stream on YouTube instead. You can’t fucking stop me.” On Thursday she announced that Twitch had rejected her appeal, and the ban would stay in place for 28 days. “Twitch banned one of their biggest transgender streamers from their website for openly talking about the abuse they receive,” she wrote. “I do not understand how they managed to fuck up so badly.

Sorrenti and Twitch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to Sorrenti, the Twitch ban was for “repeated hateful slurs or symbols.” She said the slurs existed in a thumbnail for the livestream, and depicted past comments made about her. Before the channel was suspended, the planned Twitch stream was seemingly going to be about how controversial political streamer Steven “Destiny” Bonnell was allegedly weaponizing his own fans and users on the hate forum Kiwi Farms to heap harassment on her. She is now re-editing that stream to appear on YouTube.

As the Washington Post reported, Sorrenti has risen in popularity on Twitch by covering and debunking a new wave of right-wing attacks on transgender people and the queer community in general. Skewering everything from the “Don’t Say Gay” school bill in Florida to conspiracies that the Uvalde, Texas school shooter was trans, Sorrenti has panned conservatives and centrists and picked fights with everyone from J.K. Rowling to the r/Conservative subreddit. And of course, other political streamers like Bonnell.

“I don’t think civility politics works when I’m engaging with people who don’t even view me as human,” she told the Washington Post earlier this year.

Bonnell has been banned multiple times from Twitch, and was thrown off the platform for good earlier this year after trying to “debate” white supremacist Nick Fuentes, who had in turn been banned indefinitely back in 2019. At the time, Bonnell also speculated that his indefinite ban might have also been related to his transphobic views against trans women competing in sports.

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  • When people you’re politically aligned with start mass-reporting campaigns to get people banned it’s okay, but when it happens to ‘your side’ it’s censorship?

    “…weaponizing his own fans and users on the hate forum Kiwi Farms to heap harassment on her.”

    Top 10 ‘Big Lies’ of the 2020’s after ‘da big steal’. Was it not Keffals who wanted to openly take on the “final boss of transphobia”, Josh ‘Feeder’ Moon? And yet Keffals completely failed to make any argument actually proving the claims made. Gossip is juicy, something that transcends political affiliations.

    Keffals seethes over Kiwi Farms, as does Australia’s authoritarian e-safety commissioner, as well as Nick Fuentes and Ethan Ralph of gamergate infamy, for documenting the three of them. Their lies, their scandals, the lot. Wonder what they have in common, couldn’t possibly be because they make buffoons of themselves.

    (See: https://kiwifarms.net/threads/keffals-clara-sorrenti-lucas-roberts.115295/post-12470872)

    Of course, Gach will never go into the validity of these claims, it doesn’t help the narrative these people are trying to construct. Keffals’ misogynistic language towards women probably wouldn’t help either, such as the conversation with Stardust or whatever her name is and Keffals’ throwing of a temper tantrum over ‘you won’t unperson people I don’t like!!!!’

    “…picked fights with everyone from J.K. Rowling..”
    So has most of the right over her misguided love for globalism, unrestricted illegal immigration, and general anti-3rd wave backlash, what is the point being made here? Commenting on someone’s social media post isn’t exactly ‘picking a fight’.

    With regards to the quality of Keffals’ streams, rather unwatchable. There’s no energy in them, it’s just reading articles in a monotonous tone, going ‘muh ratios’, and if that last six-hour failstream is anything to go by, poor research.

  • the irony of keffals of all people complaining about others weaponizing their fanbase. How many times now has keffals used her fanbase to try and get people falsely banned for disagreeing with her?

  • Keffals was banned for having “faggot” written in thumbails and hurling it around without abandon, as many people have complained about to Twitch. Now that the same behaviour is repeating on Youtube right now, the same ban is likely to repeat there as well. It’s almost like throwing homophobic slurs around is abusive in and of itself (a TOS breach) and Keffals is a shit person regardless of being trans.

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