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Twitch has recently started to crack down on the use of the word "cracker" in a big way, and it's stirred up a debate that doesn't look like it'll be going away anytime soon.
It all started last week when popular streamer Hasan Piker was banned for saying "cracker", a derogatory term often levelled at white people. Twitch believes this to be anti-white racism that is in violation of its guidelines, and has started to ban several users for saying the word during stream.
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Twitch’s community guidelines on slurs explain: “Using hateful slurs, either untargeted or directed towards another individual. We allow certain words or terms, which might otherwise violate our policy, to be used in an empowering way or as terms of endearment when such intent is clear.”
The guidelines go to on to lay out some examples, including “entering a chat and spamming a slur”, “targeting an individual with a slur based on a protected characteristic” and “calling another player a slur in anger while streaming.” Agree with it or not, it seems fairly clear that "cracker" violates those terms.
Still, that hasn't stopped the always-divisive streamer Kaitlyn 'Amouranth' Siragusa from poking fun at the latest Twitch controversy in her own way.
Siragusa recently joined Piker and Ethan Klein for an episode of their podcast, Leftovers, where they parodied Hasan's recent ban from Twitch.
The two hosts kicked off the podcast as normal, before joining Siragusa in a hot tub that had been filled with salty crackers. A bit on the nose, but sure. The trio then proceeded to play a game called "Cracker Bingo", in which they competed to discover who was the whitest person in the group. Cracker Bingo categories included being a fan of Wes Anderson movies and liking mayonnaise.
I look forward to the internet having a reasonable reaction to this one.
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