‘Fortnite’ streamer Ninja apologizes for using racial slur on live-stream

fortnite streamer ninja racial slur ninjastillscreen
Ninja/YouTube

Fortnite Twitch streamer Tyler Blevins, more commonly known as “Ninja,” has exploded in popularity recently, and his stream with guests like rapper Drake and football star JuJu Smith-Schuster broke viewership records on the website. But Blevins now finds himself in hot water after he used a racial slur during a recent gaming session.

While playing with fellow streamer Matthew Haag, Blevins began rapping the lyrics to Logic’s song “44 More,” and after stumbling over a few lines, inserted the line, “my nigga,” where the original lyrics were supposed to go. Haag can be seen in the video raising his eyebrows in surprise at the line.

Blevins posted an apology on Twitter Thursday morning, labeling the incident a misunderstanding.

“While I am confident that most of this is a misunderstanding, I recognize that it’s my responsibility to never let there be THIS kind of a misunderstanding. More than anything, I hate that any of my friends, fans, or viewers might feel disrespected,” he wrote. Belvins went on to add that he wants people to feel welcome on the stream, and not shut out by language some may deem hateful.

The controversy comes just a little over a week since Blevins was interviewed by CNBC regarding his success and his advice to other streamers. During his interview, he emphasized the positive environment he fosters in his community; hopefully, this will be a one-time mistake rather than a sign of a larger problem.

Other popular streamers and video creators have come under fire in recent months for their own racist incidents, as well. Guy Beahm, known for his “Dr. Disrespect” character, used a faux-Chinese accent on several occasions when frustrated during PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds matches.

Beahm attempted to downplay the severity of his remarks in a later stream, pointing out that is wife comes from a Filipino background. Jimmy Wong, known for his work with the Polaris video network, pointed out that his comments represented a pattern of behavior rather than an isolated incident, and that he had been more heavily criticized for admitting to cheating on his wife than he was for his language.

PewDiePie called an opposing player a racial slur during his own Battlegrounds match as well, and has shown a pattern of offensive behavior in the past — including antisemitism, which resulted in his YouTube Red original series being canceled. Following the incident, Firewatch co-director Sean Vanaman began filing copyright claims against PewDiePie for his videos of Vanaman’s game, calling him a “propagator of despicable garbage.”

Gaming

From PUBG to Apex Legends, this is how battle royale happened

Battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ and Fortnite have become the biggest trend in video games. The genre is also pushing the envelope in Twitch streaming and eSports.
Movies & TV

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Everything we know so far

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, uses the infamous 1969 Manson Family murders as a backdrop to tell a story set in bohemian Los Angeles. Here's everything we know so far.
Movies & TV

These are the best movies on Hulu right now (March 2019)

From dramas to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Gaming

Here's our Champion's guide to picking the best character in Apex Legends

Apex Legends' use of heroes with different abilities helps separate it from other battle royale games. To help you choose your legend, we've put together a legend guide detailing their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
Deals

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for March 2019

Looking to score Nintendo's latest console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on bundles that feature must-have games like Super Mario Odyssey, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Zelda: Breath of…
Gaming

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit has a ton of games you can play with starting April 12

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit has a plethora of games to play after you're done building the Toy-Cons. From an on-rails alien shooter to a deep sea photography adventure, here's what you can play with Labo: VR Kit. You can even make your own games.
Gaming

How to break Posture and deal a Shinobi Deathblow in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an incredibly difficult game, and managing the Posture system is a key part of improving and tackling the latest From Software title's most challenging sections.
Gaming

Here's what we know about the Dark Souls developer's next game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest game from Dark Souls and Bloodborne developer From Software. Here is everything we know about the new game, including its setting and combat changes.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Here's a look at how the Epic Games Store is sizing up to the competition

The Epic Games Store has picked up exclusives left and right since its launch last December. From AAA games like The Division 2 to wonderful indies like Hades, the Epic Games store has an impressive library of exclusives.
Gaming

Get Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for free when buying an Xbox One

You can get Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for free when buying an Xbox One from Newegg. Eight different bundles are available for this deal, so you can walk away with Sekiro and another game such as The Division 2 or Anthem.
Gaming

Master Shinobi combat with our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice beginner's guide

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the hardest games of the generation, and it can be overwhelming, even for those who have played From Software's other games. Here is what you need to know to get started.
Gaming

World of Warcraft's allied races will make you want to start a new character

The Horde and Alliance are seeking new allies in their struggle for control of Azeroth. Whether you pledge your allegiance to the Horde or Alliance, we've got a guide to help you unlock every allied race that's coming in Battle for Azeroth.