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Netflix Introduces V-Tuber as the Platform’s First Anime Ambassador

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  • Netflix is joining the popular V-Tuber trend by introducing N-ko Mei Kurono, a cartoon avatar who will appear on Netflix Anime’s YouTube Channel to serve as a content ambassador.
  • The virtual character will have her own weekly show, which debuts April 30, where she discusses and recommends anime programs available on Netflix. 
  • N-ko’s debut follows the streaming service’s promise to release 40 anime titles in 2021 as the genre gains popularity on the platform.

Netflix Introduces Anime Ambassador V-Tuber

Netflix is hopping onto the popular V-Tuber trend. This week, the streaming service debuted a V-Tuber who will serve as an Anime Ambassador for the platform. 

Named N-ko Mei Kurono, the character is a sheep-human lifeform who shared her entire backstory in a video on Tuesday. N-ko is from Los Gatos, California; speaks both Japanese and English; loves anime, singing, dancing, and hanging out with friends; but hates horror. She is voiced by a Netflix employee and will appear in videos on Netflix Anime’s YouTube channel.

N-ko will host her own weekly show where she can connect with fans around the world and discuss anime content on Netflix. Titled “The N-ko Show,” the first episode will debut on April 30 at 10:00 A.M. JST. She is being promoted as both a friendly anime fan and a Netflix insider that can give viewers good recommendations and exclusive scoops.

“I am played by an employee who knows the contents very well. That’s why I can tell you the charm of our anime very thoroughly,” N-ko explained in her introduction video.

“To spark your interest in Netflix as a company, I’ll be telling you information that only employees know,” she later added.

Rob Pereyda, the Head of Anime, Editorial and Publishing at Netflix said the company created N-ko so it could have a hands-on way to interact with anime fans.

“A big part of being an anime fan is having a community to belong to where you can discuss favorite characters, recommend titles, and enjoy incredible stories together,” he said in a statement. “My team and I asked ourselves, how could we personally and directly be a part of this anime fan community? Enter N-ko.”

In addition to increasing fan engagement, N-ko hopes to venture outside of the anime world and collaborate with other V-Tubers, do song covers, and even gaming content. She is encouraging anime fans to interact with her on Twitter and YouTube using the hashtag #N_ko​.

Netflix Capitalizes on Popularity of V-Tubers and Anime

By unveiling N-ko, Netflix is capitalizing on two popular genres of content: V-Tubers and anime. V-Tubers, short for virtual YouTubers, are creators who stream on Twitch and YouTube behind a cartoon avatar. Some of the most popular V-Tubers include Dream, who has 21.6 million subscribers on YouTube; and Corpse Husband, who boasts 7.4 million subscribers. Corpse Husband has used his platform to launch a music career as well, gaining 4.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify. 

The growing popularity of the movement even prompted PewDiePie, one of the most influential creators on YouTube, to give his hand at V-Tubing. 

Anime is obviously a much older artform than V-Tubing, but in recent years it has seen a similar explosion on Netflix. Last month, the service announced it would be launching 40 anime titles on the platform. According to Bloomberg, global viewing of anime has been rising about 50% a year, and half of Netflix’s 200 million subscribers have watched at least one anime show in recent months. By putting a heavy focus on the genre, Netflix can increase its popularity and gain audiences in international markets.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos touched on this in an earnings call last week.

“What we have seen in our Korean originals and our Japanese anime is that they play really well around the region as well as in-country and occasionally could be very, very global in their interest and desire,” he said. “And the fact that we can bring a global audience to those creators in each of the territories has been really attractive.”

Netflix hopes N-ko will help to cement that popularity.

“Through N-ko, our team is excited to join the exciting anime conversations already happening online and to be able to share all the great anime Netflix has ahead,” Pereyda said to Comic Book Resources. “Please join me in welcoming N-ko to the anime world!”

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Andrew Tate to Remain in Romanian Detention After Losing Appeal

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The controversial influencer, accused of sex trafficking and organized crime, has maintained his innocence. 


Appeal Rejected

A Romanian court on Wednesday upheld a judge’s decision to extend influencer Andrew Tate’s arrest another 30 days.

The judge initially tacked the extra time onto his detention on Jan. 20. According to BBC News, the judge cited “the capacity…of the defendants to exercise permanent psychological control over the victims, including by resorting to constant acts of violence”.

Tate appealed that decision alongside his brother and two others, all of whom were arrested as part of an ongoing sex trafficking and organized crime investigation. The court’s Wednesday decision rejected that appeal, meaning Tate and the other accused individuals will remain in custody until at least Feb. 27. 

Investigators claim that Tate lured victims under the guise of a romantic relationship, only to place them under surveillance and force them to make pornographic content. Tate has denied the accusations. 

“You know I’m innocent,” Tate said to reporters Wednesday morning while walking into the courtroom.

“Ask them for evidence and they will give you none,” he added while leaving court. “Because it doesn’t exist. You’ll find out the truth of this case soon.” 

Tate’s Controversial Online Presence

Ever since December his arrest, Tate’s Twitter account has continued to post sometimes cryptic messages about the investigation into him. 

“Would your life be fine without you?” he tweeted on Tuesday, one day before his appeal was rejected. “In Romania. They can steal your life without a trial. They do not need evidence, In this system, innocent men return to ruined lives. My life outside is fine. But for most men, 6 months detained and their whole life will crumble.”

Tate is a controversial online figure famous for spreading violent misogyny to his often young male followers. He has been banned by a number of social media platforms for his drastic remarks, including one where he said rape victims should “bear responsibility” for the assault they endured. 

Tate and his brother recently added high-profile lawyer Tina Glandian to their defense team. Glandian has previously represented celebrities like Chris Brown, Jussie Smollett, and Kesha. 

On Wednesday, she said there is a “lack of evidence against the Tate brothers.”

“So far the system has failed,” she said, via the Associated Press.

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QTCinderalla Vows to Sue Deepfake Website: “Constant Objectification” is “Exhausting”

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The streamer said that anyone who chooses to view nonconsensual deepfake porn is “the problem.”


QTCinderella Plans Legal Action

Twitch streamer QTCinderalla said during a Monday stream that she is going to sue the maker of a website that hosts explicit deepfake images of herself and other content creators. 

“I promise you, with every part of my fucking soul, I am going to sue you,” QTCinderella, whose real name is Blaire, said through tears. 

Blaire went live after fellow streamer Atrioc accidentally revealed on Twitch that he had an open tab to a website that hosts deepfake porn. Graphic images of high-profile female streamers were visible his browser, and the website also includes deepfakes of more creators, including Blaire. 

Atrioc apologized for accessing deepfake images on a website that promotes explicit content of his female streaming colleagues. He claimed that he got “morbidly curious” and “clicked something” after falling down an artificial intelligence rabbit hole online. 

“It’s gross,” he said. “It’s gross and I’m sorry.” 

In the past, Blaire has talked about having to pay services thousands of dollars to remove graphic deepfake content that has been posted without her consent. Despite those efforts, it is an issue she still has to deal with on a regular basis. 

“Fuck the fucking Internet,” she said during her Monday stream. “Fuck the constant objectification and exploitation of women, it’s exhausting.”

“Fuck Atrioc for showing it to thousands of people,” she continued. “Fuck the people DMing me pictures of myself from that website.” 

The Objectification of Female Streamers

Blaire said that it “should not be a part of [her] job” to constantly fight for this content to be removed from the Internet, nor should it be her job to deal with the onslaught of harassment that comes with the dissemination of these fabricated images. 

“If you are able to look at women who are not selling themselves or benefiting off of being seen sexually — they’re not benefiting, they’re not selling it, they’re not platforming it themselves — if you are able to look at that, you are the problem,” she said. “You see women as an object.” 

On Twitter, she explained that the repercussions of these deepfakes go far beyond exploitation and violation. 

“The amount of body dysmorphia I’ve experienced since seeing those photos has ruined me,” she said. 

She was far from the only person to call out how invasive it is to post or consume deepfake content of people who did not consent to being depicted in a sexual manner. 

“Stop sexualizing people without their consent,” Pokimane, who is also among the female streamers featured on the site, said. “That’s it, that’s the tweet.”

No one should have themselves be put on a deepfake porn website w/o their consent and it’s fucking disgusting at the men who are making light of this shit. fucking despicable,” another person wrote.

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Britney Spears Asks For Privacy After Fans Called Cops to Conduct a Wellness Check on Her

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Fans said they were concerned after the singer deleted her Instagram account.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was updated to include a statement from Britney Spears


Fans Call 911

Britney Spears said her fans “went a little too far” after some called the police to conduct a wellness check on her. 

The fans, many fueled by online conspiracy theories, were concerned about Spears because she deleted her Instagram account. While this is something the singer has done multiple times in the past, her fans thought she had left secret signals in her last post suggesting she needed help.

Some even posted videos of them calling emergency services on TikTok, a platform that is full of conspiracy videos about Spears. 

“I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was invaded,” Spears wrote in a statement on Thursday, citing “prank phone calls” that were made to police.

According to Spears, officers did not enter her home because once they got to her gate, they “quickly realized there was no issue and left immediately.”

“This felt like I was being gaslit and bullied once the incident made it to the news and being portrayed once again in a poor and unfair light by the media,” Spears continued. “During this time in my life, I truly hope the public and my fans who I care so much about can respect my privacy moving forward.”

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Page Six that the department “did get calls into our dispatch” but added there was no reason to believe that Spears was “in any kind of harm or any kind of danger.”

That spokesperson declined to say if officials contacted Spears or conducted a wellness check, citing privacy and public trust issues.

The Prominence of Britney Spears Conspiracies 

Just over a year has passed since Spears was freed from a highly restrictive conservatorship that controlled her life and finances for 13 years. Throughout the conservatorship, fans tried to use the pop icon’s social media to pick up clues that she was secretly struggling. She did not publicly speak about the conservatorship until the summer of 2021. 

Now that she has her freedom, fans are still reading heavily into her posts. Some believe there are hidden messages in her captions and in the gestures she does while dancing. Others think she is dead, missing, or hiding and that a body double is being used in her posts. Some are so concerned that they are coordinating a mass effort to pressure the Los Angeles Times into investigating Spears’ whereabouts and safety. 

In the last several years, many have reflected on Spears’ early days in the spotlight and the cruel ways she was harassed and targeted by paparazzi, news outlets, and culture at large. Often the punchline to a joke throughout the 2000s, many now sympathize with Spears, who was forced to endure heavy public scrutiny at a young age. Documentaries like “Framing Britney Spears” prompted many to see Spears as a victim of abusive media tactics, not the “crazy” woman tabloids painted her to be. 

Many are now concerned that fans are only going to subject Spears to a new onslaught of harassment by calling the police to her house. Even if the conspiracy theories are technically well-intentioned and often come from a place of concern, some believe they will jumpstart a media frenzy that could harm Spears’ mental well-being.

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