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Mutahar Keffals Transphobic Caricature Controversy

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Overview

Mutahar Keffals Transphobic Caricature Controversy refers to discussions about a video posted by OrdinaryGamer (aka Mutahar) in mid-May 2024 in which he discusses the likelihood that streamer Keffals defrauded her fans and spent $100,000 worth of money donated for her legal fund on different expenses. Soon after Mutahar's video was posted, many fans criticized the cover art (drawn by @JustAWormArt) he chose to represent Keffals, with some expressing that it depicted her as a sweaty and unflattering caricature of herself. Other onlookers also saw the drawing as transphobic, while some defended it by saying it matches the artist's general style and was unintended.

Background

On May 11th, 2024, Mutahar @OrdinaryGamers made a post on X[1] / Twitter (seen below, top) about a YouTube[2] video he posted titled, "Why Keffals Is A Complete FRAUD…" The post was captioned, "Uploaded a new video regarding a serious fraud of an activist known as Keffals. Over an hour of deconstructing her various lies and examining her terrible lies will prove to you why she is danger to people they represent and those surrounding them."

The thumbnail in the post featured a drawing of Keffals by @JustAWormArt, who is known for their distinctly sweaty and unflattering art style, and their history of posting their art on Kiwi Farms.


Mutahar @OrdinaryGamers Subscribe ... Uploaded a new video regarding a serious fraud of an activist known as Keffals. Over an hour of deconstructing her various lies and examining her terrible lies will prove to you why she is danger to people they represent and those surrounding them. 3:06 PM May 11, 2024 4.5M Views


Keffals responded to Mutahar's video on May 11th, posting on X[2] specifically commenting on his decision to use what she called a "transphobic caricature" of herself, and his use of an incorrect "they" pronoun to refer to her. The post gathered over 2,000 likes in two days (seen below).


koofal ล @keffals Follow ... I understand people have criticisms of me. I don't think I am above being critiqued. That said, was it really necessary to use a transphobic caricature of me in the thumbnail while also not using my pronouns in the video announcement?? Mutahar @OrdinaryGamers Subscribe Uploaded a new video regarding a serious fraud of an activist known as Keffals. Over an hour of deconstructing her various lies and examining her terrible lies will prove to you why she is danger to people they represent and those surrounding them. 3:44 PM • May 11, 2024 377.8K Views

Developments

Other internet users weighed in on Mutahar's thumbnail, calling the art transphobic and criticizing Mutahar's use of the image. For example, on May 11th, 2024, X[3] user @BigChromie quoted Mutahar's post, writing, "I find keffals annoying as hell and generally dislike her as a person, but this thumbnail is not okay dude. It's very obviously playing into transphobic stereotypes, but I think you know that" (seen below, left).

The user then compared art from @JustAWormArt depicting SSSniperwolf in his sweaty, unflattering style. @BigChromie argued that Keffals is made to look like a man, while SSSniperwolf is not. Other internet users, however, pushed back on this interpretation (seen below, right).


LilChromie @BigChromie I find keffals annoying as hell and generally dislike her as a person, but this thumbnail is not okay dude. It's very obviously playing into transphobic stereotypes, but I think you know that. Mutahar @OrdinaryGamers • May 11 Uploaded a new video regarding a serious fraud of an activist known as Keffals. Over an hour of deconstructing her various lies and examining her terrible lies will prove to you why she is danger to people they represent and those surrounding them. . 3:18 PM May 11, 2024 1.6M Views ... LilChromie @BigChromie May 11 compare how the cheeks, lips, and eyelashes are portrayed between these two drawings. Now compare that to drawings he has done of men. He draws women differently than he does men, even if its subtle. Also the artist is a kiwifarmer. 35 176 462 III 46K WO Iris @BoopThucc . May 11 Wow, the eyelashes, lips and cheeks look.... like keffals' eyelashes, lips and cheeks and sssniperwolf's eyelashes, lips and cheeks looks like sssniperwolf's. MUST BE TRANSPHOBIA GUYS!

Also on May 11th, X[4] user @NewsM101 posted a screenshot of Keffals using @JustAWormArt's drawing in a video about Vaush, calling her a hypocrite for criticizing Mutahar for using the same artist.


Memology 101 @NewsM101 Keffals be like: Its OK when I do it! said, was it really necessary to use a transphobic caricature of me in the thumbnail while also not using my pronouns in the video announcement?? Mutahar @OrdinaryGamers Subscribe Uploaded a new video regarding a serious fraud of an activist known as Keffals. Over an hour of deconstructing her various lies and examining her terrible lies will prove to you why she is danger to people they represent and those surrounding them. Worm S AWormArt Formed that Keffals is now using my sweaty Vaus thumbnails. This shows that it is truly over betwe this art was commissioned by known Vaush de how. You are seeing Realpolitik of the highest or Jenny Nicholson Ends 3K views 2 hours ago KeffalsLIVE Mutahar 4:49 PM • May 11, 2024 79.1K Views 'S OVER 23, 2024 2,192 Views 3:17 Just A Worm S @JustAWormArt I was just informed that Keffals is now using my sweaty Vaush art in KeffalsLive thumbnails. This shows that it is truly over between Vaush and Keffals - this art was commissioned by known Vaush detractor @WillyMacShow. You are seeing Realpolitik of the highest order. Jenny Nicholson Ends Vaush's Career 3K views • 2 hours ago KeffalsLIVE IT'S OVER 5:56 PM - Feb 23, 2024 2,192 Views 3:17

Other discussions about Mutahar's video on Keffals over the following day revolved around its content, including some discussions in which a person attempted to push back against Mutahar's allegations that they were "groomed" by Keffals, while Mutahar denies making the accusations (seen below).[5]


Wynn @femgirlvr. 3h don't like mutahar lowkey implying keffals groomed me :/ Q12 1714 131 ili 1.9K ☐ % Kirby4242- @theKirby4242. 2h Replying to @femgirlvr and @julesucks1 Holy heck. He didn't even reach out to you? Q1 271 7 ill 260 ☐ % Wynn @femgirlvr · 1h Replying to @theKirby4242 and @julesucks1 nah 3 271 20 ili 226 ☐ L Mutahar @OrdinaryGamers Subscribe I highly implore you to actually watch the content and prove where I made an allegation of grooming. I didn't reach out since the point of that section showed inappropriate interactions online with a minor. Again please try to disprove anything. TERFS aren't women @Saeko_Cut • May 11 Incredible journalistic integrity Mutahar @OrdinaryGamers Follow ynn @femgirlvr. 3h Uploaded a new video regarding a serious fraud of an activist known as Keffals. Over an hour of deconstructing her various lies and examining her terrible lies will prove to you why she is danger to people they represent and those surrounding them. n't like mutahar lowkey implying keffals gr :/ D 11 175 rby 4242 79 ili 1.1K @theKirby4242.1h bly heck. He didn't even reach out to you? 3:01 PM • May 12, 2024 972.4K Views D 1 ynn femgirlvr 27 4 ill 89

On May 12th, 2024, X[6] user @Staroxvia posted a thread breaking down supposed evidence that alleged Keffals had defrauded her fans and spent donated money on expenses unrelated to her legal fund. The post gathered over 4,000 likes in a day (seen below).


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Mistress Fortune
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As far as I can see the artist in question makes everyone look unflattering in their art, and I don't think the intent of the art was to depict Keffals "looking like a man." I've seen cisgendered women in similar looking unflattering photos and art. I also had no idea Keffals goes by they/them now (I really don't give a shit about them, so I don't keep up with what they do) so I think we can just chalk that up to innocent ignorance on Muta's part.

All I know is Keffals is a pretty crappy person so they were gonna get called out by a big YouTuber or two eventually.

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