Twitch Bans an Iconic Meme to Memory-Hole the Person Who Inspired It

Twitch Bans an Iconic Meme to Memory-Hole the Person Who Inspired It


Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch has banned the iconic “PogChamp” emote, one of the most influential memes to come from the service, on Wednesday following comments about the Capitol Hill protests by the streamer depicted in the emote.

The Verge reports that popular livestreaming service Twitch has banned the “PogChamp” emote this week after the streamer depicted in the emote published tweets that the Amazon-owned platform claims were “encouraging further violence” following the protests at the U.S. Capitol.

Professional Street Fighter player Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, whose exaggerated facial expression was immortalized with the “PogChamp” emote, questioned on Wednesday whether there would be further civil unrest following the shooting of a protestor on Capitol Hill or if her death would be “in vain.”

PS Big Brother Twitter wouldn’t let me post the url so if you don’t think big tech censorship is real, there you go ‍♂️

— gootecks (@gootecks) January 6, 2021

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