Stephanie Evans, a 25-year-old gamer with over 570,000 followers on TikTok, is using her wit to fight online harassment in the gaming community.
Stephanie Evans, a 25-year-old woman gamer with over 570,000 followers on TikTok, is fighting against online harassment with a comedic twist. Evans, who goes by the username "fragile men" on TikTok, is known for her videos highlighting misogynistic comments made by male "Call of Duty" opponents during her Twitch streams. In her videos, Evans fights back in a humorous way by making sandwiches every time someone tells her to "get back in the kitchen," or working out whenever someone makes a comment about her weight. As believed by INSIDER, Evans aims to empower other gamers to stand up to online harassment. "I feel like if I can laugh about it, then you can too, right? So me laughing in their face and coming up with stupid comebacks kind of encourages other people to match that energy with me," said Evans.
Initially, Evans received hate and death threats when she first started posting about "fragile men" commenting on her videos. This led to her quitting content creation for a while, but she continued to play "Call of Duty" and shared only a few clips on TikTok. When the October 2022 release of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II" was announced, Evans returned to posting her TikTok videos full-time. Evans not only highlights the harassment in the gaming community but also aims to create safe spaces. She currently uses Discord, a social messaging app popular in the gaming community, to connect with her audience. Evans' Discord channel has over 3,800 members and hosts game nights every Wednesday and Friday, with women-only game nights on Wednesdays. Evans wants to create a welcoming community, but also wants to keep out anyone who is a "piece of s**t."
Many people reacted to this video. User @catarinadanielle said, "My favorite is laughing and they all go in😂" A follower, @rahima commented, "The way they were all raging at the same time u can't hear any of them😂," while @antun995 said, "This brings so much joy🤣" According to Safecity, Evans' community has grown and become supportive, which has helped her take the hate in her stride. "It really, really is heavily on who you have behind you, and who's supporting you through all of this," said Evans. In January, Evans came in contact with a "Call of Duty" employee who helped facilitate banning a particularly aggressive gamer who repeatedly told Evans he would "rape her."
Evans' humorous approach to fighting back against online harassment has gained positive reception and support from many viewers. "I want to create awareness about how hard it is for women to play games in a male-dominated space. So if I can make someone's day better by laughing at a joke that was supposed to hurt me, then that's a good thing," said Evans. Her story sheds light on the ongoing issue of online harassment in the gaming community and the importance of creating safe spaces. With her large following and positive message, Evans is making a difference and inspiring others to do the same.