Are you partaking in the hot tub meta?
Twitch has been coming under fire as of late for its recent “hot tub meta” — a term that refers to female streamers who broadcast while relaxing in their hot tubs, clad in bikinis or other swimwear.
Plenty of popular streamers have spoken out on the subject, with names like Pokimane urging critics to point the finger at Twitch rather than individual broadcasters, while others take issue with the content as a whole.
However, one streamer has pointed out another possible issue with the site’s current “hot tub meta” after receiving a three-day ban for “sexually suggestive content” in wake of a hot tub stream of her own.
ExoHydra, a competitive Call of Duty player, partnered Twitch streamer and woman of color, hit out at the platform because of this, noting that many other white, female broadcasters have not been punished for hot tub streams while she had been banned.
“Good luck being black and being a streamer on Twitch,” Exo said of the situation. “I do the exact same content that yt girl do, but yet I get banned but they don’t? Beyond disappointing. THIS ISN’T OK.”