With “bikini streams” and the “hot tub meta” in full swing on Twitch, fans of streamer-YouTuber superstar Valkyrae were unhappy when they thought a New York Post article lumped her in with the trend.
Rachel ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter is the co-owner of 100 Thieves and one of the most watched female streamers on Twitch; what she is not, however, is a so-called “bikini streamer.”
Hot tubs, or just streams with a thinly clad streamer interacting with their audience, have become more popular than ever recently. They even reach out to regular news outlets like the NY Post, which came out with a story about the trend on May 8th.
The story quoted Valk’s defense of hot tub streamers, but the introduction to her blurb is what caught the unrest of online fans on Twitter when the story began to be shared. Her quotes are introduced right along a line that reads “Bikini streamers were quick to defend practice.”
To be fair, Post’s article refers to Hofstetter as “the Internet’s most watched female streamer” and never refers directly to her as a bikini streamer.
However, many in the gaming community interpreted how this piece was written as the outlet that essentially grouped her with those who stream that way.
They literally said “Bikini streamers were quick to defend internships” and went straight into quotes from Rae. They called her 100% a bikini streamer, doing too lazy, sloppy writing.
– Just a Camera (@VegasVanguards) May 8, 2021
Others took it a step further than just confused writing and said it was shocking to see what they called an “obvious lie” placed right in a regular publication about their favorite streamer.
It’s actually scary how often “reputable” news sources just plainly lie in their pieces.
– Kevi 🍀 (@KeviSkillz) May 8, 2021
imagine calling valkyrae a bikini streamer when 99% of the time she’s in an oversized sweater and she does not even stream on twitch lol what a dogshit article.
– acab (@Mr_Mojo_Risin__) May 8, 2021
Finally, there were even fans who offered to “handle” the problem for Valkyrae (whatever that means). Based on this footage and all the others, it is clear that she has plenty of followers in her corner who are willing to back her up.
@Valkyrae should not worry about them. I can do it.
– cryptic incognito (@CrypticNoHoes) May 8, 2021
The YouTube star has not yet commented on the situation, and since she has not weighed in at the time of writing this article, it may take a while (if ever) before we hear her thoughts on how the quotes were presented exactly .