One of the most used emotes of Twitch when a surprising or exciting situation occurs is the PogChamp starred by Ryan “‘Gootecks’ Gutierrez, a popular Street Fighter player.
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A reaction that, according to the platform, has been eliminated and cannot be used for now after what happened yesterday afternoon in Washington, United States, with the assault on the Capitol by Trumps supporters after a demonstration and the interruption of the formal confirmation of the triumph of President-elect Joe Biden.
Controversial statements from the protagonist
Through several tweets, Twitch has explained that they have eliminated the reaction after some comments from Gootecks, the protagonist of the reaction. You can see the original tweet just below.
Twitch removes PogChamp emote due to Gootecks’ reaction on U.S capitol assault
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.
— Twitch (@Twitch) January 7, 2021
In one of the tweets, they say that the meaning of the emote goes beyond the person represented or the image itself and that they want it to continue to be used because of the value it has within the Twitch culture, but “We can’t in good conscience continue to enable use of the image,” they add. And they promise to work with the community to design a new equivalent reaction.
Ryan ‘Gootecks’ Gutierrez published several tweets about the recent unprecedented events in Washington:
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 😔
— gootecks (@gootecks) January 6, 2021
Other platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have acted on the riots and the assault on the building that houses the two chambers of the U.S. Congress by temporarily blocking Donald Trump’s account with the threat of permanently suspending him. The popular streaming platform removes PogChamp, and it will look for an alternative with the help of the community.