AceShowbiz - YouTube's biggest star PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has found himself in hot water after he dropped the N-word during a live stream video of him playing "Player Unknown Battleground". The racist slur seemed to be unprompted as Felix was getting frustrated with the game. "What a f**king n****r... sorry but what the f**k," he said before laughing and apologizing to viewers.
⚠️ TW: racial slur, use of the n-word
We knew pewdiepie was scum but here is incontrovertible proof. pic.twitter.com/qJDkv2afjo— Alex ♀🔮🎃👻🦇🕸️🦉 (@AlexandraAEWild) September 10, 2017
The slur immediately sparked backlash. A Twitter user snarked, "Cant believe the biggest youtuber can say a racial slur LIVE and get away with it. Racism isnt dead, but PewDiePie's channel should be." Another user noted that "pewdiepie wouldn't have accidentally said the n word unless he comfortably says it when he's not on camera."
Cant believe the biggest youtuber can say a racial slur LIVE and get away with it. Racism isnt dead, but PewDiePie's channel should be— Nick The Busted (@NickDominates) September 10, 2017
pewdiepie wouldn't have accidentally said the n word unless he comfortably says it when he's not on camera— amy (@gentlemushroom) September 10, 2017
Besides angry fans, game developers reportedly condemned the YouTube star's racist slur. The developers were said to start using legal rights to send copyright notices that would force Felix to take down videos that contained their games.
"Firewatch" game developer Sean Vanaman took to Twitter to announce that Campo Santo game studio is "filing a DMCA takedown of PewDiePie's Firewatch content and any future Campo Santo games." He then called Felix "worse than a closeted racist: he's a propagator of despicable garbage that does real damage to the culture around this industry."
It wasn't the first time Felix made headlines. In February, Disney said that the YouTube star had a reputation of being provocative and irreverent and that some of his videos were "inappropriate." In one of the controversial videos, he paid two people through a crowd-sourcing site Fiver to hold up a sign that read "Death to all Jews."
Following recent events in Charlottesville, the highest-paid YouTube star revealed that he distanced himself from Nazism and anti-semitic jokes. "I thought now would be a good time as any to say, I want nothing to do with these people," he said.
"I don't think anyone that watches me thinks I'm an actual Nazi, but I know that some people might have some doubts, mainly because of all the jokes that I've been making," he continued. "At this point, I really just want to distance myself from all this. Just to make clear: no more."