PewDiePie racist slur

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PewDiePie appeared to casually drop a racial slur while gaming

This is not OK.

 

Josh Katzowitz

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Published Sep 10, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 5:55 pm CDT

PewDiePie appeared to use a racial slur on Sunday while gaming, and it’s yet another apparent example of the YouTube star making disturbing comments.

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While playing PlayersUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Sunday, a frustrated PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, exclaimed, “What a fucking nigger.” A split second later, he seemed to realize his mistake, saying, “Jeez, oh my God. What the fuck? Sorry, but what the fuck? What a fucking asshole. I don’t mean that in a bad way.” Then, he threw back his head and laughed.

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In February, Disney cut ties with PewDiePie when nine videos were discovered of him using anti-Semitic words and Nazi imagery. He later apologized.

“I’m sorry for the words that I used, as I know they offended people, and I admit that the joke itself went too far,” he said at the time. “I do strongly believe that you can joke about anything but I also believe that there’s a right way and not the best way to joke about things.”

After making his racial slur on Sunday, Twitter users were quick to criticize.

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But not everybody was disturbed.

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As of this writing, PewDiePie has 57 million YouTube subscribers.

Update 12:20pm CT, Sept. 12: PewDiePie has apologized for the slur in a video posted on Tuesday to his YouTube channel.

“I hate how I now personally fed into that part of gaming,” he said. “It was something that I said in the heat of the moment: I said the worst word I could possibly think of and it just kind of slipped out… There are no excuses for it.”

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*First Published: Sep 10, 2017, 4:50 pm CDT