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BookTok’s Sexy Hockey Drama and the Finish of Web Thirst Podcast Episode ICYMI Aug 30, 2023 5:00 AM

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Episode Notes

As an finish of summer season deal with, Rachelle Hampton and Candice Lim dive deep into the drama that engulfed BookTok earlier this August. Over the spring and early summer season, hockey-themed romance novels loved an increase within the BookTok charts, an increase that led to an inflow of latest followers into the hockey group. One group particularly, the Seattle Krakens, turned the unofficial group of BookTok, with Swedish participant Alex Wennberg receiving particular consideration. Sexualized commentary by content material creators like Kierra Lewis was each tacitly and overtly inspired by the Kraken, who flew Lewis out to video games.

All of this modified when Wennberg’s spouse requested followers to cease posting sexualized content material about her husband, a request that despatched HockeyTok right into a tailspin. So, what does this all imply in an period the place loud and overt feminine want will not be solely celebrated however monetized? Is there a distinction between thirsting loudly for celebrities like Chris Evans and minor stars like Wennberg? And has web thirst maybe gone too far?

This podcast is produced by Se’period Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton.