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While society continues to deal with the ugly legacy of blackface and its frequent appearances in the news, the world of video games is contending with the racist act, too. A Lithuanian streamer known as Karina “Karupups” Martsinkevich has been banned from Twitch following a stream in which she donned blackface makeup in order to cosplay Apex Legends character Lifeline, according to Dexerto.

In Apex Legends, a free-to-play battle royale game from the developers of the Titanfall franchise, Ajay Che or “Lifeline” is a female person of color who operates as a combat medic.

Reactions from Twitter ranged from understandably angry with Martsinkevich to just outright perplexed.

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Martsinkevich was subsequently banned from Twitch, she confirmed in a later video. Martsinkevich took the opportunity to offer her side of the issue, repeatedly emphasizing that she merely wanted to cosplay as her favorite character from the game.

“I really didn’t mean that,” said Martsinkevich. “I just wanted to be as similar as Lifeline from Apex. It wasn’t mean to have a joke on anyone. It was just a cosplay, guys.”

It’s worth noting that Martsinkevich’s first language doesn’t appear to be English. She struggles through the video at times (there are jump cuts as well), and she appears to possibly be reading from a script, so her message may not perfectly communicate her intent.

“Receiving that ban was really painful for me because I’m the person who always feels that we should love each other, all people on the same world,” Martsinkevich said. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from, which skin color you have, or which language you speak. I understood. I took a lesson from that situation. I truly believe you will understand my position as well. Let’s stop the war right here. Let’s stop fighting.”

Martsinkevich also responded to at least a few people on Twitter, pushing back against the idea that she was doing blackface, saying her actions were just cosplay.

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OhGoy

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you've got two options when it comes to cosplaying black characters as non-black people:
A) you do literally everything but modifying your skin color
B) you try to be 100% accurate by making your skin black

the first will result in people "REE"-ing at you for "implying that the black character would look better if he/she was white

the latter will result in "REE"-ing for... well, obvious reasons

in other words, cosplaying as a black person is a waste of time in clown world

also,
Having said that, she wasn't doing anything hateful; indeed, she liked the black character enough to dress up after her. It's entirely harmless.
Edit: wait, she's cosplaying someone from apex legends? the basic bitch deserved the ban
 

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A Lithuanian streamer banned for not knowing American sensibilities.
I'm sure the reasoning is "twitch is an american site, you should be following our american TOS and community guidelines(i.e. groupthink)."

The next logical step is to cosplay a black character but no makeup, but also have a birthday party on stream, and a chocolate cake is put before the streamer to blow out. Helper on stream pushed the streamer face into a chocolate cake, and they get a brown face, but it was inflicted on them, they didn't do it themselves. Then stream that way without cleaning up. Let's really define this border:

• no ban: loophole!
• ban: try it again, but with a lighter shade of cake, or just spots on the face. How much color is too much?
 

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Edit: wait, she's cosplaying someone from apex legends? the basic bitch deserved the ban
My problem is with cosplay in general; I think that there is something deeply wrong with a society where grown adults regularly dressing up as fictional characters.

Other than that I don't have problem with it.
A Lithuanian streamer banned for not knowing American sensibilities.
Cultural imperialism at its finest.
 

OhGoy

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My problem is with cosplay in general; I think that there is something deeply wrong with a society where grown adults regularly dressing up as fictional characters.
bruh, people have been dressing up as fictional characters ever since theater was a thing

as long as people don't unironically LARP as any of the characters they cosplay, i don't see much issue with it
 
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