Twitch star QTCinderella is speaking out about how she’s been affected by deepfakes.
In case you didn’t hear, her fellow streamer Atrioc, whose real name is Brandon Ewing, got into hot water after he accidentally showed AI generated nudes on his livestream. They weren’t just any deepfaked nudes (which are creepy enough on their own) — they were NSFW images of his colleagues and supposed friends!
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After the stream, eagle-eyed viewers quickly took note that the website was showing manipulated pictures of popular streamers Pokimane and Maya Higa. Later on, other streamers like QTCinderella AKA Blaire found out their likeness was being used on the website, too.
And Atrioc completely admitted to it! In an apology stream, featuring his wife, he said it was just “morbid curiosity” and an interest in AI art:
“This is so embarrassing, but I was on a regular website, and there was an ad on every video … and then I click it, and then I’m in this rabbit hole. I got morbidly curious and I clicked something. It’s gross and I’m sorry. It’s so embarrassing.”
He did have to pay to look at what was on that site though, so it wasn’t like he just accidentally clicked on it. Right?
Finding out about the site has absolutely devastated and embarrassed the women who are victims of this AI porn — not only because of their image being used without consent but because their friend was the one using it!
QTCinderella herself tweeted out about her disgust with the situation on Monday:
“I want to scream. Stop. Everybody f**king stop. Stop spreading it. Stop advertising it. Stop. Being seen “naked” against your will should NOT BE A PART OF THIS JOB.”
And now the Streamer Awards creator has spoken out again, this time expressing how seeing the deepfake pics of herself has affected her mental health:
“The amount of body dysmorphia I’ve experienced since seeing those photos has ruined me. It’s not as simple as “just” being violated. It’s so much more than that.”
Just awful. It’s terrifying to think these existed out there for who knows how long without these women knowing… You can see her full post (below):
The amount of body dysmorphia I’ve experienced since seeing those photos has ruined me.
It’s not as simple as “just” being violated. It’s so much more than that.
— QTCinderella (@qtcinderella) January 31, 2023
Blaire also posted a livestream herself on Monday to address the constant “exploitation and objectification” of women on Twitch. Tearfully, she said:
“I wanted to go live because this is what pain looks like. F**k the f**king internet. F**k the constant exploitation and objectification of women, it’s exhausting. F**k Atrioc for showing it to thousands of people. F**k the people DMing me pictures of myself from that website. F**k you all … If you are able to look at women who are not selling themselves or benefiting off of being seen sexually … you are the problem. It should not be part of my job to have to pay money to get this stuff taken down. It should not be part of my job to be harassed.”
So heartbreaking. She never asked for any of this…
The 28-year-old isn’t going to let the company get away with it, though — she said she’s going to sue:
“And to the person that made that website, I’m going to f**king sue you. I promise you, with every part of my soul. I’m going to f**king sue you.”
We are definitely on team QT! Hopefully she and the other streamers affected get swift justice.
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[Image via Instagram/QTCinderella/Twitch/Atrioc]