I know I’m a bit late but I’ve been thinking a lot about the whole ‘Hannah neg’ situation and I’ve come to the decision that it’s an active display of both the false activism and entitlement of the new age of online fanbases.
Let’s start with false or perform active activism.
There are so many twitter threads dedicated to the promotion of female streamers and condemning people for being unsupportive of them yet look at the outcome of what happens when ‘their’ streamer interacts with a woman.
‘Hannah neg’ was trending with no valid criticism of the creator, the comments that were passed were majorly mocking her appearance or her personality.
Ive talked about this kind of thing befire in this post about misogyny in gaming communities, and I think this section on the higher standards that female content creators are held to remains relevant
We’ve internalised the stereotype that women are docile and sweet and soft, and that women who are loud and opinionated are unattractive. So when a female streamer gets mad or yells in a way that can’t be written off as cute, we see it as uptight and unattractive and stop watching them.
Too many people are criticising Hannah for being loud and boisterous on her streams, and have criticised her in the past for standing up for herself against the sexism she receives from online communities. This attitude, expecting women to act a certain way or getting negative tag trending in order to insult- not criticise- them for being too loud, too angry, too toxic when they turn around and watch streamers like tommy, sapnap, quackity etc. All who have known to be very loud on stream. (I watch all these creators, it’s not an insult to them, it’s an observation of the disparity in treatments between male and female streamers with the same energy)
There’s a difference between saying ‘I’m personally not a fan of her streams it’s a bit too high energy for me’ and directing blatant insults towards her under the guise of criticism. There is absolutely no excuse however to mock her appearance under /neg, the fact that this made up for a great percentage of the tweets indicates that it’s not a ‘I’m just not a fan of her’ situation and something deeply rooted in the online perception of women. Hannah said it herself, people hide being crit or neg tags in order to bully creators and feel in the right about it.
‘It’s not misogyny, dream plays with girls all the time and nobody trends neg’
• dream fans made sylvee cry on stream because she was playing with dream and sapnap
• niki has had to stop streams several times to talk about the sexism she faces from online gaming fanbases
• Maia mxmtoon received such extensive hate after interacting with George on twitter that dream had to do a serious stream telling people to stop attacking women for interacting with them
This is only a selection of the times where mcyt fans have attacked women for existing in the same world as their favourite white boys.
Alright let’s talk about the entitlement of modern online fanbases
This entire thing seems to be started by dream ‘fans’ being upset that they were ‘forced’ to watch a Hannah stream for their daily dose of dream content.
So many ‘fans’ nowadays feel entitled to content from their favourite streamers and will act out if what they receive isnt up to their standard.
There is a recurring attitude among streamer fanbases where the audience spreads overwhelming negativity over stream casts. You are not in the position to dictate who these streamers interact with and when. The begging in chats to add someone else to the call, the twitter posts asking why [streamer] wasn’t invited, the passing comments of It’d be better if x replaced y, the incessant whining of a streamer joining a different stream than the one you want to watch.
As a fan, you are not entitled to demand these things of content creators. They are more than allowed to interact with each other, they are friends. Your streamer is not letting you down by talking to their friends. You are under no obligation to watch them talk to this friend if you don’t want to. The only reason you feel that you have to watch this content is because you feel that you are entitled to your streamer no matter how your subsequent actions affect the people in their community.
You are not entitled to spread hate, you are entitled to your own opinion and yes they can be negative, but you are not entitled to be a dick because of that
So let’s get a couple things clear
1) nobody is forcing you to watch a stream, ever
2) your favourite streamer interacting with another streamer is not grounds for hate or negativity
3) you are not in control of who your favourite content creator streams with. If there is another stream you would rather watch, watch it.
The Dream SMP community has a huge problem with the way it treats female streamers, and this whole call out culture has resulted in a sense of entitlement to spread hatred and insults about creature under the guise of criticism