Earlier final month, Pikamee, a well-liked vtuber canceled her Hogwarts Legacy stream and went offline for 3 weeks, neither tweeting nor creating video content material from February 8 by March 1. Yesterday, she introduced she’s going to retire from her vtubing profession completely. Offended followers have latched onto the Hogwarts Legacy controversy as the explanation why their favourite vtuber will now not produce content material. Nevertheless it’s extra difficult than that.
Pikamee initially deliberate to stream Hogwarts Legacy when it launched on February 10. Upon reportedly receiving criticism for plans to broadcast such a controversial recreation, she canceled her stream and stopped producing content material for the remainder of February (The unique tweet is deleted, however you may see a duplicate of it right here).
Yesterday, her company, VOMS Mission, introduced she is “graduating” from the vtubing group. The official announcement made no point out of whether or not or not the vtuber had deliberate to retire earlier than her streaming plans blew up, but it surely emphasised that she needed to go away in a “optimistic” approach. Kotaku reached out to VOMS Mission to ask if the canceled Hogwarts Legacy stream contributed to Pikamee’s retirement plans however didn’t obtain a response by the point of publication.
Many individuals, inside and past the bigger gaming neighborhood have voiced considerations about selling Hogwarts Legacy as it should, in flip, monetarily assist Harry Potter creator J.Ok. Rowling, who has repeatedly expressed anti-trans sentiments. A Reddit thread suggests that the destructive feedback on Pikamee’s announcement of her Legacy stream included threats to unsub or expressed private disappointment. Kotaku additionally seen movies from different vtubers exhibiting the destructive responses to Pikamee, which included commenters reportedly attempting to clarify their causes for the recommended boycott or questioning her dedication as an ally to transgender folks. Different streamers have confronted related criticism.
Because Pikamee’s Hogwarts Legacy tweets have been deleted, it’s hard to get a holistic view of how strongly people actually opposed her stream, though evidence suggests the criticism was clear in its disappointment but did not seem to escalate to harassment. However, Pikamee’s most militant fans seemed to take issue with the callout all the same. Between the quote retweets on the official retirement announcement and the tweets discovered by looking “Vtuber” on Twitter, individuals are upset on the risk that opposition to Pikamee due to her choice to stream Hogwarts Legacy led to her retirement (which once more, is at present unconfirmed).
The transphobic backlash
This mere risk has led trans streamers and allies to worry the hypothesis will result in elevated transphobia within the vtuber neighborhood because it paints the issue group as trans folks and trans allies. One tweet indignant over Pikamee’s retirement confirmed an edited picture depicting Hatsune Miku, a music software program mascot, burning a trans flag. A number of stated that trans folks deserved their oppression. Others condemned your complete queer neighborhood. Some tweets contained ableist slurs and threats in opposition to transgender folks. From all of the anti-LGBTQ tweets in relation to Pikamee at present trending on Twitter, (and one slur-filled thread on the hate discussion board Kiwifarms), the worry seems well-founded.
No matter Pikamee meant to her followers whereas she was actively streaming, it appears she’s now develop into a martyr for these bemoaning the unwanted side effects of “cancel tradition” and others on the lookout for an excuse to assault a marginalized group. Followers have expressed that it’s not what she would have needed from her neighborhood—if solely her followers would take her easygoing angle to coronary heart in mild of her retirement.