A set of Twitch emote modifiers intended to celebrate America’s Hispanic Heritage Month have had rather the opposite effect. Complaints poured in on social media arguing the emotes were based on Mexican stereotypes – and now the images have been removed.
The emote modifiers – which included maracas, a sombrero and a guitar – were criticised for oversimplifying and homogenising Hispanic cultures by using common Mexican stereotypes. “We’re a lot more than maracas, sombreros, and guitarras,” said one Twitter user. “Maybe speak to some of us?”
In response to the criticism, Twitch has now removed the emote modifiers – and issued an apology.