YouTube Giant Pewdiepie Apologizes For N-Word Controversy: ‘There Are No Excuses For It’
YouTube megastar Felix Kjellberg (AKA Pewdiepie) has released an apology video after he blurted out a racial slur during a recent livestream.
The Swedish online personality caused major commotion after he called an opponent a “f*cking n*gger” while broadcasting himself playing the video game Playerunknown Battlegrounds. The racist outburst made waves among the YouTube community, and it caused Battlegrounds‘ game developer to announce that he would launch copyright strikes against Kjellberg if he uses their content in any future videos.
Today, Kjellberg said the N-word slipped out in the heat of the moment, though he was disappointed with himself for saying it.
“I’m not going to make any excuses as to why it did, because there are no excuses for it,” Kjellberg said. “I’m really sorry if I offended, hurt or disappointed anyone with all of this. Being in the position I am, I should know better…I owe it to my audience and to myself to do better than this, because I know I’m better than this.”
Kjellberg is known to occasionally use provocative content and sarcastic shock humor in his videos, which has led to controversy in the past. Back in February, Disney and YouTube cut business ties with Kjellberg after he used Nazi imagery and other allegedly anti-semitic content in his projects.
Kjellberg seemed to acknowledge these dustups during his new video.
“I’m disappointed in myself, because it seems like I’ve learned nothing from these past controversies.”
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