Most people online knew Angel Hamilton as zilianOP, a disabled man in a wheelchair who loved to stream games live on the Internet. Like many Twitch users, zilianOP allowed viewers to donate money, and some people did. Then on April 5, viewers watched in shock as Hamilton stood up from his wheelchair mid-stream. Footage of the random event was recorded by viewers who erected threads and an angry website in response.
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For me, this is live-streaming on Twitch — a platform where you can watch your favorite gamers play and communicate with them. When I decided to start openly sharing the ugly truth of my conditions with the people who watch me stream, it was daunting. But if I could make more people aware of the difficulties of invisible illness, my slight discomfort would be worth it. So sometimes there would be discussions about various physical and mental health conditions during the stream. I began my stream and things were going well. The wonderful community was keeping me company. My phone lit up, so I picked it up to just glance at it, noticing a Twitter notification was in the banner too.
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A wheelchair-bound gamer has been accused of faking his disability after he stood up and walked while on camera. Angel "zilianOP" Hamilton regularly appeared on Twitch. As with any Twitch account, Hamilton used the service to earn money via donations. In a clip of the incident, Hamilton is shown leaving the game in progress by standing up and glancing at the camera.
View a list of all "Seal of Approval" posts! Things like this are why I never trust "help me pay for medical bills" streams. It's one thing to donate because you enjoy a stream and you want to contribute to the entertainment, but donating for things like this always feels like people being taken advantage of. I was in trucking school and the school ran a week longer than it was supposed to.