A Twitch streamer has recently voiced her concerns over the overwhelming amount of weirdos in her chat asking to see her feet.
While we don’t want to present the struggles of Twitch streamers in such a reductive form — streaming and putting your face and personality out there for all to see and criticize is far more harrowing than most realize — it’s no secret that a chunk of any given female Twitch streamer’s audience is… well, a bit creepy.
Seriously, if you’ve spent any amount of time watching prominent figures like Kaceytron or Pokimane stream, you’ve likely seen at least one super inappropriate request for feet. In fact, it’s become such a widespread phenomenon that there have been compilations uploaded to YouTube of female streamers showing off their feet. It’s pretty much a meme at this point, and, for casual viewers more interested in a streamers skill or personality than their toes, it’s particularly worrying.
Fortunately, PaladinAmber, the Australia-based Rainbow Six: Siege streamer in question, seems to have taken it in stride, responding to a particularly creepy request with an impressive rant. While she may have been a bit drastic in referring to a portion of her viewerbase as “toxic,” it’s definitely fair to say that some of these people really need to get it together and stop asking to see people’s feet on Twitch. The internet is a big place, and there’s definitely no shortage of sites not named "Twitch" that will gladly cater to your less-than-wholesome desires.
Toxic viewer; "hOw mUch toO lET mE sEE yOUr fEEt".— PaladinAmber. 💖💛💙🏳️🌈 (@PaladinAmber) July 17, 2019
That said, there are two sides to every coin, and there are quite a few major streamers out there who are willing to indulge these people. Sure, in some ways, this can be construed as lighthearted fun, but, when stuff like this is gated behind donation and membership requirements, it becomes a little less innocent. There’s an entire subset of streamers who, to put it as politely as possible, aren’t in it for their love of video games.
Perhaps the most infamous example of this took place in 2018 when streamer Amouranth was kicked out of a gym while live-streaming her workout routine. While that may sound like a relatively ho-hum occurrence, you can bet that a majority of her viewers weren’t there to talk about gains or swap protein shake recipes. The incident brought to light some of the less-genuine aspects of Twitch and streaming culture, and, if you frequent the site, the whole thing was just kind of a downer.
Of course, this is the internet, and we can’t have nice things. For every streamer ignoring requests like this or taking them in stride, there’s one pandering to them and trying to pawn off their dirty bathwater. Still, it’s nice to see personalities like PaladinAmber unleashing some witty snark and continuing on with her life. We should all strive to be more like her… and also stop asking to see a stranger's feet.