A Taiwanese TV personality named Tech King Ada has drawn some flak online after he came on a local TV show to explain the Vtuber trend, poorly.
In a segment meant to promote the ongoing trend of calling anything virtual the “Metaverse”, Tech King Ada introduced the topic of Vtubers, though fans found his segment poorly researched with some of his claims about the trend that now sees more than 16000 active Vtubers.
In particular, fans seem to have gravitated toward two claims in particular: the first being his condescending claim that Vtubers were making up for their lack of looks by using a 2d avatar.
“Some people may want to be a Youtuber, but maybe she doesn’t look as pretty”, he says during the segment.
His other comment was about the nature of Vtubers, describing the vocal talents behind the characters as interchangeable, and easily replaced. The only real case this has happened was with Kizuna Ai, with the character having multiple voice talents behind her.
Naturally, Vtuber fans took to the comments to voice their displeasure for having their Oshi misrepresented, with the segment having 13,000 dislikes on YouTube against 405 likes.
“Once again, the Taiwan program shows a group of super unprofessional people who have no knowledge and responsible attitude towards their own profession.
A public-oriented program but repeatedly presents wrong information.As a member of the media, I really feel disgusted”, one YouTube comment writes.
Tech King Ada Apologizes Over Vtuber Row
Tech King Ada has since posted an apology over the incident, though fans described it as insincere as best, as he changes gears halfway to defending his original statement.
“As for this video really just apologize properly, some of the parts that are too much emotion is not very good, such as the content of the hope that we do not continue to burn or it will make others feel that the V circle is very aggressive this thing should not be you to say, but by a third party to say will be much better, and as long as a good apology for mistakes I believe that we will not continue to burn.”, one translated comment reads.
The apology video itself is sitting at 2.7k dislikes, against a paltry 171 likes.