Pewdiepie responds to negative backlash to use of racial slur

Danny Woods
September 13, 2017

A media frenzy kicked up yesterday as it quickly spread that PewDiePie had used a racial slur during one of his livestreams. Being the biggest YouTuber in the world, clips and captures of the moment circulated like wildfire, prompting many to criticise Kjellberg for using racially charged language.

In a video clip available online since Sunday the 27-year-old Swede, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, can be heard using the N-word in an expletive-laden tirade at his opponent.

This, as you could expect, caused a fervor of backlash in the game industry and press, even prompting independent developer Campo Santo to file a DMCA takedown of all current and future videos Pewdiepie uploads of its games.

He's done the only thing he possibly could do in this situation and issued an apology.

The gamer, who now has over 57 million subscribers on YT, also acknowledged his past scandals said that he wants to better himself in the future.

Racism and equality are both deeply nuanced and hard issues to this day, both on an individual and societal level.

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The Wall Street Journal subsequently looked back over PewDiePie's hours of content, and found multiple instances in which he (he says jokingly) employed the Nazi anthem, and made multiple other Nazi references.

You can read his apology below. What's truly disappointing, however, is the number of people that blindly support him and normalise his behaviour.

"It's not me censoring myself, it's more like I don't want to be part of this". But that doesn't make what I said or how I said it okay. And it just sort of slipped out. Vanaman defined the YouTuber as "worse than a closeted racist" and went on to say that the PewDiePie was a "propagator of despicable garbage..." I'm disappointed in myself, because it seems like I've learned nothing from all these past controversies. It's not that I think I can say or do anything I want and get away with it, that's not it at all. That's not it at all.

'I once saw a friend beat another friend with an Nintendo 64 controller because he kept using the same cheap move with Pikachu in Super Smash Bros, ' wrote Emmanuel Maiberg, 'but I've never seen a friend hurl a racist slur at another player just because they were angry'.

I wanted to make a statement on what I said in my previous livestream. It was not okay. I'm really sorry if I offended, hurt or disappointed anyone with all of this.

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