While Twitch exists solely because of the personalities of its content creators, there’s very little doubt that on occasion they go too far. Alinity is the latest streamer who has been accused of crossing the line and now a petition asking for the video game streaming service to ban her is gaining steam.
Alinity has been one of the more popular streamers on the site in recent years but has come under fire in the past few days. An incident where she picked up one her cats on stream and tossed it over and behind her head has drawn the ire of many on social media. After the first video drew attention from PETA and other animal rights groups, users have been digging up even more clips where she appears to be mistreating her pets.
The backlash against Alinity has led to a petition created on Change.org that as of Monday afternoon had nearly 25,000 signatures. Other users have pointed to incidents in which she fed her cat vodka, and kicked her dog, both while she was streaming live.
Take a stand for cats & please remove Alinity from @Twitch immediately. She is using the platform to post animal abuse, which sends a dangerous message to anyone watching her videos. Cats are not props to abuse for more views 🐱pic.twitter.com/EsIsB5o6Tf
— PETA – #EndSpeciesism (@peta) July 19, 2019
Shortly after users became angered over the “cat toss” incident, Alinity issued a statement on Twitter saying that she understood where the concern is coming from. She also apologized for her “lapses in judgment”. In regards to reports that people had called authorities on her treatment of animals, she claimed she welcomed any investigation adding:
“My animals are well loved, and live in a warm and caring home, and I will comply with any authority that seeks to validate this.”
The Twitch star has since claimed that she’s been the subject of harassment and said that people are digging up “old” clips to make her look bad. As of now, the video streaming service, fresh off reinstating Dr. Disrespect after a two-week ban, has not commented on whether or not they plan to take action of any kind against Alinity.
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Oliver has been a lifelong gamer and a writer for most of his adult life. He came to Nerdstash thrilled to be able to write about what he loves the most again. Whether it’s video games, movies, or television shows, he’s a combination of jock and nerd and the two parts of the whole have figured out how to live peaceably.