Pokimane opens up about the Myna Snacks controversy, says she was "hurt" by backlash from the community

Pokimane opens up on the controversy involving Myna Cookies (Image via YouTube/Just Trish Podcast)
Pokimane shares her feelings on the Just Trish Podcast (Image via YouTube/Just Trish Podcast)

Imane "Pokimane" is among the most popular faces within the streaming community. Among the various controversies she has found herself embroiled in over the years, a recent one was during the launch of her Myna Snacks' Midnight Cookies back in November 2023. The issue was mostly due to the pricing, which many found to be on the higher side.

Pokimane opened up about the controversy recently. She was invited to the popular Just Trish Podcast on YouTube. Explaining the incident, she revealed that her company wasn't profiting:

"We sold them for $28 for four bags. The reason we did that was because we are a startup and even at that price point, I wanna be very clear, we were not making money. As a startup, you don't expect money for years. You're just hoping you are building something cool enough that maybe it will pay off in 10 years."

"It hurt so much" - Pokimane speaks on the backlash that she had to face

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Twitch streamer Pokimane appeared on the Just Trish Podcast (hosted by YouTuber and singer Trisha Paytas) to discuss a recent controversy surrounding her business venture. She shared that the backlash she faced during the launch of her company, Myna Snacks, was particularly painful for her. She said:

"When people were coming at me for that, I'm not gonna lie, I think it hurt so much. I've built such a reputation, I've been in this career and industry for so long (that) I had so many opportunities to do cash grabs and I never ever did that. That's something I hold very close to my heart."

She added:

"I try to be very considerate of my audience. Never promote things that I'm unsure of or don't know where the money is coming from. So to have people assassinate my character like that, I do think it hurt quite a bit."

Speaking of the price point, which was one of the alleged reasons behind the backlash, she said:

"The price point was one of them and that was just because we were starting and if we sold them at any other price point, the shipping would have not made sense. It would've been so bad but now that we are a little bit further along, we can sell them per bag through Amazon, through other retailers."

Pokimane also opened up about some health-related issues in the podcast. She said that she suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition she was diagnosed with later in life but had experienced symptoms for many years.

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