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Disney YouTuber says homophobic rant was meant to ‘trigger’ folks

He's known for his viral remixes.


Tess Cagle


Published Jun 1, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 2:33 pm CDT

YouTuber Pogo—who’s famous for his Disney-themed remixes—said Thursday that a now-deleted video of him making homophobic comments was created specifically to “grind the gears” of liberals who “demand safe spaces” but then attack folks they disagree with.

A video of Pogo—whose real name is Nick Bertke—addressing the fact that his channel, called “Fagotron,” is named after a homophobic slur began circulating around the web on Thursday.

“I’ve always had a very thorough dislike of homosexuals. I’ve never liked a grown man acting like a 12-year-old girl,” he said in the deleted video, according to Mashable.

Bertke also does a fist pump when talking about the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.

Obviously, fans and other viewers who happened upon the video were enraged by his comments.

Turns out, that’s exactly what Bertke wanted. In a second video on his personal channel, he said he enjoys baiting folks who advertise themselves as advocates for tolerance and then attack people who have different views from their own.

“There is a culture of people who have made themselves very know, especially around the time of Trump’s election, who are the sort of people who demand safe spaces,” he said. “They demand trigger warnings at universities. They call themselves adults but they require an environment akin to a crate.”


Bertke isn’t a fan of these people, especially because he believes they are hypocritical in their actions.

“You do not have a monopoly on morality, no matter which party of social movement you identify with. I can’t stand that sort of person and God knows the internet is full of people like that,” he said. “The way I draw these people out into the open, and have done for several years, is to write and say things that I know will grind their gears. I’ve written blog posts about women, I’ve made a video about gays.”

The blog posts about women he refers to were written in 2015. In one he describes the “evils of feminism”—it “raises a breed of self victimizing gold diggers,” a “camouflaged push for gender supremacy,” and “self-entitling social status posing as a humanitarian ideology”—and in the second, he said that women have privilege in society that men don’t have.

He added that many of his friends are gay and that he is bi-curious, so he sees a “degree of irony” in his comments. Inevitably, however, he conceded the behaviour was “naive.”

“I feel very strongly that it’s been naive behavior on my part,” he said. “If I’m going to tuck my tail between my legs and admit anything, it’s that these posts, these videos, these things I’ve made for the sake of being edgy have not contributed to any productive conversation.”

Folks weren’t impressed with his explanation.


Bertke’s personal channel has over 30,000 subscribers and his Pogo channel has over 708,000. Some of his videos have millions of views on YouTube.

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*First Published: Jun 1, 2018, 10:14 am CDT