PogChamp Twitch Ban

PogChamp Twitch Ban

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PogChamp Twitch Ban refers to the live-streaming site Twitch banning the PogChamp emote from its platform on January 6th, 2021. The reason for the ban stems from a tweet by Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez (whose face is the emote) that same day after he tweeted about the “Save America” protests in D.C., which the company stated, “encouraged further violence.” The announcement sparked a debate around the controversy regarding the emote and Gootecks on social media following the ban.


On January 6th, 2021, during the protests taking place in Washington D.C., Gootecks posed a question on his Twitter[1] account regarding the woman who was shot and killed by police during the storming of the Capitol Building. The tweet was posted around 5 p.m. and received over 4,300 likes and 2,000 retweets in 20 hours (seen below).

gootecks @gootecks Will there be civil unrest for the woman who was executed inside the Capitol today or will the #MAGAMartyr die in vain? The video will be aired soon on (banned dot video) & (theresistance dot video) and it sounds pretty gruesome 5:22 PM - Jan 6, 2021 4.3K O 2.1K people are Tweeting about this

At around 9 p.m. that same day, Twitch then announced on its Twitter[2] account that they’d made the decision to remove the emote from the platform citing Gootecks “encouraging further violence” via his tweet. The announcement received over 259,000 likes and 60,000 retweets in 15 hours (shown below).

Twitch e @Twitch 000 We've made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote encouraging further violence after what took place in the Capitol today. 9:12 PM Jan 6, 2021 Twitter web App Likes 7 6K Retweets 9.1K

Twitch continued elaborating on the ban and their plans to replace it in additional tweets in that chain (seen below).

"We want the sentiment and use of Pog to live on – its meaning is much bigger than the person depicted or image itself– and it has a big place in Twitch culture. However, we can't in good conscience continue to enable use of the image. We will work with the community to design a new emote for the most hype moments on Twitch."


Online Reactions

Initially upon Twitch’s announcement of the ban, many were confused as to why the decision was made, including several Twitter users in the replies beneath the original. One such example was tweeted by Twitter[3] user Scrubings on January 6th, 2021, who asked what happened to PogChamp, which included a screenshot of Gootecks’ tweet that received over 2,100 likes in 17 hours (shown below). Other Twitter[4] users, such as Sausage Mouse, then replied stating that the justification for the ban was unwarranted.

Scrubing Cute Twitch Emote Salesman @Scrubings Can someone tell me what happened in related to PogChamp in the capitol? I feel like I missed something (no disrespect or anything bad here, genuinly don't know what happened. I know of the event, just not the emote correleation). 9:14 PM Jan 6, 2021 672 O 27 people are Tweeting about this

News of the ban rapidly spread elsewhere online to sites such as Reddit, where a thread on the /r/LivestreamFail[5] subreddit accumulated over 34,800 upvotes, 3,000 comments and numerous Reddit Awards in 14 hours after the tweet was shared. Media outlets like The Verge[6] and Polygon[7] also reported on the story that same day.

On YouTube, several big content creators also began uploading their reactions to the announcement, including YouTuber[8] Memeology 101 who received over 187,000 views, 14,000 likes and 4,100 comments in less than 24 hours (seen below, left). On January 7th, YouTuber[9] Pegasus also uploaded a video discussing the ban, receiving over 170,000 views, 18,000 likes and 4,000 comments within one day (seen below, right).

Also online, several users began making memes about the ban either poking fun at its ban or commemorating it through humorous edits. One such example was posted by Redditor ggundega on January 7th to the /r/tommyinnit[10] sub, accumulating over 5,200 upvotes, 214 comments and numerous awards in nine hours (shown below, left). That same day, Redditor Deathvapor22 shared another variant on the /r/shitpostcrusaders[11] sub, accumulating over 8,300 likes, 180 comments and several awards in 12 hours (shown below, right).

R.LP. „P. PogChamp 2010-2021 11 This was a pretty great trip, huh? 11

Push For KomodoHype Emote Replacement

Following the ban, several users on multiple platforms and sites also began pushing for various replacement options to use instead of PogChamp. One of the most prevalent was the KomodoHype emote, depicting a komodo dragon with a similar expression of hype to the original PogChamp image. One such post was made by Redditor superposhposh to the /r/xqcow[12] subreddit where it received over 660 upvotes in 19 hours (seen below).

Rise up brothers PogChamp is gone KomodoHype MEME

24-Hour Rotation Solution

On January 8th, 2021, Twitch announced it would be introducing a new "PogChamp" face every 24 hours, picking from popular streamers on the platform. The first face chosen was that of Kenny "Unroolie" McWild.

Meme Examples

PogChamp being removed from Twitch Trump being elected as the president in 2016 Everywhere I go, I see his face. I just really miss him.

Ban the Ban an worlds most animal famous emote abuser u/DJ-Woutjens Twitch Twitch O 00 @Twitch We've made the decision to remove the PogChamp emote following statements from the face of the emote onomic- encouraging further violence after what took place in the Capitol today. Econor Left Right 9:12 PM · Jan 6, 2021 · Twitter Web App 26.3K Retweets 28.1K Quote Tweets 206.2K Likes BUT IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES Pay Respecte ress F to Pay Respects RLP e ln I he

Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – gootecks

[2] Twitter – Twitch

[3] Twitter – Kaoiji

[4] Twitter – MouseSausage

[5] Reddit – r/LivestreamFail

[6] The Verge – Twitch Bans PogChamp

[7] Polygon – PogChamp Ban

[8] YouTube – Memeology 101

[9] YouTube – Pegasus

[10] Reddit – r/tommyinnit

[11] Reddit – r/ShitPostCrusaders

[12] Reddit – r/xqcow

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