Popular YouTube personality PewDiePie recently found himself embroiled in another wave of controversy after he dropped a racial slur during a livestream of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, resulting in a considerable amount of backlash. In response to the incident, the YouTuber has released a new video on his channel.
Titled “My Response,” the short video is devoid of PewDiePie’s trademark shock humor, and directly addresses his use of a racial slur. The YouTuber begins by saying that he always found the use of inappropriate racial slurs by other players “immature and stupid” before conceding that he hates how he “personally fed into that part of gaming as well.” PewDiePie continues by saying that his use of a racial slur had “slipped out” in the heat of the moment and that he’s “disappointed” in himself because this latest incident demonstrates that he has “learned nothing” from all his past controversies.
“You probably won’t believe me when I say this but whenever I go online and I hear other players use the same kind of language I did, I always find it extremely immature and stupid. And I hate how I now personally fed into that part of gaming as well. It was something I said in the heat of the moment. I said the worst word I could possibly think of. And it just sort of slipped out. I’m not going to make any excuses as to why it did because there are no excuses for it. I’m disappointed in myself because it seems like I’ve learned nothing from all these past controversies. And it’s not that I think I can say or do whatever I want and get away with it. That’s not it at all. I’m just an idiot.”
PewDiePie then apologized for the incident, saying that he is sorry if he had “offended, hurt or disappointed anyone” with his inappropriate language. Wrapping up his video, the YouTuber stated that he really wants to “improve,” not just for himself, but for all those who are influenced by him.
Here’s PewDiePie’s response in full.
This latest incident is the second such moment in 2017 where PieDiePie has found himself in hot water over something he has said or done. A few months ago, the popular YouTuber drew criticism after he had made a series of anti-Semitic jokes in one of his videos, resulting in a considerable amount of fallout. Most notable, Disney ended its association with him and cancelled his YouTube Red horror show.
While PewDiePie has issued an apology for the aforementioned anti-Semitic jokes, as well as promised to scale back on some of his brand of shock humor, this latest incident undermines his earlier promises. With his latest apology still fresh in the minds of everyone in the community, only time will tell whether his latest act of contrition will stick.
It’s been a controversy-filled 2017 for PewDiePie and it remains to be seen how the popular YouTuber moves on from all the backlash. Given the widespread influence he still wields, perhaps this will cause PewDiePie to rethink how he creates new content from now on.