PewDiePie is no stranger to controversy, but the latest incident involving the popular YouTuber doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Just days after issuing an apology for a racist remark he made while playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, PewDiePie nearly slipped up on another livestream of the game, but this time stopped himself before saying the word.
While PewDiePie managed to prevent himself from using racist language this time, the fact that he was about to use it at all may make his recent troubles that much worse. After all, Campo Santo Games has already filed a DMCA takedown of his Firewatch videos, which has been accepted by YouTube and resulted in a copyright strike against the world’s richest YouTuber. More developers could follow suit, which could be hugely damaging to PewDiePie’s brand and the success of his YouTube channel.
It’s true that some video game developers may be upset that PewDiePie was about to use racist language again, but others may be happy that he at least managed to stop himself this time around. Since PewDiePie didn’t actually use a racial slur in this latest instance, perhaps the backlash won’t be quite as severe.
just pewdiepie almost saying the n-word again literally two days after he said it and then promised to "do better" 🙃 pic.twitter.com/dIvTZMyKP9
— fiona (@neonfiona) September 15, 2017
Regardless of how people react to PewDiePie’s latest streaming slip-up, it may be best if he finds new ways to approach his livestreams. PewDiePie has been named one of the most influential people in the world thanks to his massive, unprecedented YouTube audience, and it’s not a secret that there are many kids that watch his content. PewDiePie’s far-reaching influence makes it important that he acts responsibly and avoids situations like these.
Unfortunately, PewDiePie’s past behavior makes it seem doubtful that his racially-charged controversies are behind him. Besides the most recent example of PewDiePie using a racial slur, he has been accused of other racist behavior in the past, like paying people to hold up an anti-Semitic sign.
If PewDiePie’s past behavior is any indication, it could just be a matter of time before he slips up on a livestream yet again. In the meantime, here’s hoping he has truly learned from his mistakes and makes a better effort to avoid using racist language in his future livestreams and YouTube videos.