PewDiePie Faces Backlash After Saying N-Word During Live Stream

He has the most popular channel on YouTube.

September 11, 2017 1:58 pm

PewDiePie, a Swedish vlogger who has the most popular channel on YouTube, is facing backlash after using the n-word while playing a video game in a live stream on Sunday.

PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, was playing PlayerUnknown’s Battleground when he said: “What a f—ing n—–… sorry, but what the f—,” reports Variety. He then said, “I don’t mean that in a bad way.”

Kjellberg recently lost deals with Disney’s Maker Studios and YouTube after he paid strangers to say anti-Semitic sentiments and reports that his videos featured Nazi imagery, reports Variety. He currently still has more than 57 million subscribers. He later issued an apology, but also attacked the media because he said they were taking his humor out of context.

After people started circulating the news that Kjellberg used the racial slur, Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman, tweeted that he plans to file DMCA takedown request to remove all videos and streams of Kjellberg playing his company’s title, writes Variety. 

He also tweeted that PewDiePie is “worse than a closeted racist” and he is a perpetrator of “despicable garbage.” He says that PewDiePie does real damage to the culture surrounding the gaming industry.

PewDiePie has not responded to this latest controversy.

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