Old MarinaVT Drama Resurfaces Amidst Sponsorship Deal
MarinaVT has carved out a prominent niche for herself within the vibrant VTuber community. Known for her bold, busty goth anime girl persona and her edgy personality, she has managed to capture the spotlight, drawing both controversy and a dedicated fanbase. Notably, Marina is a key figure in the VTRainbow group and played a significant role in the tumultuous Hogwarts Legacy saga earlier this year.
Despite her frequent brushes with controversy, Marina has recently secured a remarkable opportunity — a sponsorship deal with the major energy drink company, GLYTCH Energy! This partnership with a major brand is a significant milestone for a VTuber, and it holds the promise of elevating Marina’s channel and persona to new heights.
However, as the excitement around the sponsorship deal mounts, the ever-watchful eyes of Twitter harken back to her involvement in the Hogwarts Legacy saga.
The Drama Unfolds
Shortly after the exciting announcement of her lucrative sponsorship deal, Marina found herself once again at the center of controversy.
You see, earlier this year, Marina was part of a contentious incident involving fellow VTuber Pikamee. It revolved around Pikamee’s intention to play the game — Hogwarts Legacy, which led to a wave of criticism. Although Marina maintains that her involvement in the incident was minimal, an old callout post resurfaced on VTuber forums, casting doubt on her narrative.
It didn’t take long for fans and critics to seize upon this inconvenient piece of history. Boycott campaigns and petitions quickly sprang up, urging the energy drink company to sever ties with MarinaVT.
Their rallying cry was clear: “We will not support a brand that associates with individuals involved in bullying and harassment.”
As the news of the partnership deal spread, social media lit up with reactions. Here are a few responses to the tweet announcing the sponsorship deal:
- “A massive disappointment. I wasn’t familiar with your group before, and now I have no intention of following you. Employing someone associated with harassment and doxxing, who condoned death threats over a video game – this is a colossal misstep.”
- “I genuinely don’t comprehend how this happened… Didn’t you thoroughly vet her actions?”
- “Well, this just sealed the deal for me. I won’t be buying your product.”
Faced with the tumultuous fallout from the controversy, Marina took to the internet to express her side of the story. She vigorously asserted that the boycott against her was unjust, and her role in the events had been magnified beyond reality. She contended that the callout against her was misleading and distorted her actions into something far more sinister than they actually were.
Regarding her stance on the Hogwarts Legacy saga, she explained:
“During the early months of this year, I was quite vocal about my perspective on Hogwarts Legacy, particularly as a trans content creator. I shared my thoughts about whether other creators should promote the game and expressed concerns about its potential harm to the trans community. I made some general posts on this topic and expressed gratitude to those who supported this stance and refrained from promoting the game. I did disagree with a few individuals’ posts, but I want to emphasize that expressing disagreement or disapproval isn’t harassment, and I never crossed that line. While I might have employed some snark in my responses, I never encouraged or participated in any form of harassment. If my snarkiness hurt anyone’s feelings, I would sincerely apologize, although to date, no one has personally conveyed that they felt harassed by anything I said.”
Marina also addressed the allegations of harassment involving Pikamee:
“I have never experienced anything other than positive interactions with the former VTuber Pikamee. I wasn’t even aware of any issues surrounding her decision to play Hogwarts Legacy, and I wouldn’t have intervened if I had been aware. Once again, no evidence has ever surfaced showing my involvement in any harassment directed at Pikamee. I’m pleased to see her continuing her career as a new VTuber.”
You can check out her full Tweet regarding this issue here:
MarinaVT’s journey through this drama has been marked by swift and painful twists. The resurgence of old callouts threatened to extinguish her blossoming sponsorship with an energy drink company. However, amidst the turmoil, there’s a glimmer of hope that Marina can transform this intense bout of karma into a catalyst for self-reflection and laying the demons from her past to rest.
The hate mob incident involving Pikamee represents a dark chapter for many in the VTuber community, Marina included. Accepting accountability and choosing a better path forward could be Marina’s chance to heal wounds and shape a more positive image. Whether she embarks on this journey of personal growth remains uncertain, but we can only hope that she emerges from this experience humbled yet wiser, ready to make amends.
For aspiring VTubers, MarinaVT’s story serves as a cautionary tale, emphasizing the importance of professionalism. Content creators aspiring to attract sponsors must be mindful of how their personal history and associations can impact their corporate partners.
In the crowded digital landscape, virtual influencers must consistently demonstrate maturity, integrity, and sound judgment. Marina’s story serves as a reminder to steer clear of toxic situations that could come back to haunt you. In the world of content creation, actions have consequences.
As Marina herself would say, karma can be a formidable force. However, it also presents opportunities for self-improvement. Let’s hope that this challenging experience fuels positive change rather than bitterness.