Have you noticed the new meta on Twitch? No, it's not Valheim streams. It's hot tub streams! They are exactly like they sound: streamers in a hot tub, dressed in next to nothing. Some people have an issue with that and a discussion quickly formed on Twitter. Are hot tub streams bad?
Twitch streamers have been tiptoeing around nudity regulations on the platform since forever. While we've had a billion discussions around Twitch bans and regulations and how uneven they are, there's rarely been a whole trend that just needs to be brought up.
What Are Hot Tub Streams?
The concept is exactly what it sounds like: Twitch streamers broadcasting from their hot tubs. Which may be hot or cold, but likely hot, hence why they're called hot tub streams.
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Twitch has a nasty history of bans, most recently the Ryan Higa mistake, most of which has centered around streamer wardrobes and the amount of skin they're allowed to show on the platform. You can see why some voices have raised their concern over Twitch's policies and how they align with hot tub streams. As usual, the show went down on Twitter.
Is Twitch Being Hypocritical?
There are many sides to this topic. On one hand are the streamers, on the other - Twitch. Who's actually to blame for hot tub streams and should anyone be blamed at all? Let's say there are varying opinions on the matter aaand most of them seem to confuse what they want to hear with what's actually being said.
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Here's how it all started:
Went on twitch and seriously got confused as too what app I was actually on....— Nannersssss (@MsBananasTS) March 27, 2021
What in the actual fuck happened to twitch...?!
I really wanna know.... pic.twitter.com/gs6LDjRpey
A bunch of folks took it as an attack on women:
If you think someone is breaking ToS report them and move on...— Hillary "Pokket" Nicole (@Pokket) March 28, 2021
But in all honesty it seems like you're just slut shaming and tearing other women down, projecting your own insecurities and internalized misogyny on people who owe you absolutely nothing. Grow up. Get some help.
Others as an attack on their gf:
I'd take my GF outta this screenshot since you wanna show almost just as much cleavage as her with a $3000 dono goal. Kinda makes you look like a hypocrite. Sorry your "E-girl" stream didn't go as well as you wanted, but that's not the other girls fault. Work on yourself. pic.twitter.com/Evj0VIX6Pg— sF diego (@diegosaurs) March 28, 2021
Many just took random shots at OP:
"i'm not like the other girls' is all i read here.— djarii (@djarii) March 28, 2021
There is the other side of the coin which pretty much sums up the whole point of OP:
Seeing women defending these girls here..— Stush | Cherry Lolo (@cherrylolo_) March 28, 2021
You do understand that it's not about the women who show themselves like that, it's about twitch allowing it! Since twitch was meant for games / entertainment content and has turned into some softcore cam site
Everyone is defending the women in those tubs instead of focusing on the issue at hand, which is that Twitch shouldn't be a platform for half-naked girls posing in a jacuzzi. If it wants to be that, then it should disclose it and stop banning people for having a pic of their GF in a t-shirt on the wall.
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Girls in a jacuzzi are fine. But should it be on Twitch? Hell to the nah, as long as the site wants to present itself as a gaming platform.