YouTube star PewDiePie in hot water over use of racial slur

PewDiePie posts apology video after using racial slur during stream

Over the weekend, YouTube personality PewDiePie — known for his high-energy gaming videos — found himself in hot water after calling another player a racial slur during a match of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

During the video, PewDiePie can be heard using the “n-word” before briefly apologizing and then directing a separate non-racist insult toward the player instead.

This isn’t the first time PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has made racially insulting comments in his videos, and game developers have taken notice.

Writing on Twitter, Firewatch co-director Sean Vanaman said that his company, Campo Santo, would be filing a “DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] takedown” on Kjellberg’s Firewatch videos, as well as any future games the developer makes.

Vanaman went on in the Twitter thread to call Kjellberg a “propagator of despicable garbage that does real damage to the culture around this industry,” and he urged other developers to follow his example.

While some have questioned whether Campo Santo can use the DMCA system to remove Kjellberg’s videos (the system is used for copyright infringement), Vanaman said that he does not believe Kjellberg’s videos are a commentary on his game, and thus would not fall under the vague “Fair Use” umbrella.

Rest assured, this will be getting debated online by people who have not studied copyright law for weeks to come.

On Tuesday, September 12, Kjellberg uploaded an apology video, stressing that there was no excuse for him to say a racial slur during his gaming stream, saying he hates hearing that language from other players.

“I’m disappointed in myself, because it seems like I’ve learned nothing from all these past controversies,” he said in the video. “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, but that doesn’t make what I said or how I said it OK. It was not OK.”

Earlier this year, Kjellberg was the subject of controversy after uploading a video which featured people he paid holding a sign in public that read, “Death to all Jews.”

He later claimed that the video was being made to show how someone could find a volunteer online willing to do anything for money, but this didn’t address that fact that many of his 57 million subscribers are children who could take this anti-Semitism at face value.

It’s unclear just how severe the backlash will be for Kjellberg and his channel this time. His previous controversy caused YouTube Red to part ways with him over his Scare PewDiePie show and he was also cut from the Maker Studios network.

Update: Added Felix Kjellberg’s apology video.


After Twitch ban for using homophobic language, musician Deadmau5 apologizes

Electronic musician Deadmau5 has been suspended from Twitch after using homophobic language during a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds match. The musician later said he wouldn't be returning.

Here’s everything we know about the zombie-infested, survival horror Days Gone

Days Gone, the first PS4 title from Sony's Bend Studio, looks to offer a different type of zombie game. Here's everything we know about the forthcoming title, from the setting to its gameplay.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (February 2019)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

J.J. Abrams wraps production on Star Wars: Episode IX with a heartfelt message

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has wrapped production on Star Wars: Episode IX, which he directed and co-wrote. Here's everything we know about the movie before it premieres in December 2019.

Bayonetta 3 still in the works, set to launch on Nintendo Switch this year

Bayonetta 3 was notably absent from the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, raising concerns that the game will be delayed. A Nintendo executive clarified that the Nintendo Switch exclusive remains on track for a 2019 release.

Over 16,000 Apex Legends cheaters have already been banned by Respawn

Respawn Entertainment revealed that it has already banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends in the less than two weeks since its release. The developer may be working on an in-game feature to report cheaters.

Get the most life out of your Xbox One controller with these tips

The Xbox One controller has fantastic battery life, but eventually your batteries will still die. To make it even better and ensure you never have to stop gaming, follow these tips.

How you can share your best gaming moments with friends on the PS4

Check out Digital Trends' quick guide to everything you need to know to save your outstanding PlayStation 4 gameplay moments, share them online, and transfer them to your computer.

A beginner’s guide to Far Cry New Dawn’s postapocalyptic Hope County

Far Cry New Dawn is yet another entry in Ubisoft's popular open world shooter franchise. But while it may feel quite similar in motion, the progression system is changed in a lot of ways. Our beginner's guide is here to help.

Learn to scavenge like a pro with our Far Cry New Dawn crafting guide

Far Cry New Dawn revolves around the hunt -- the hunt for materials to craft new weapons, vehicles, and other useful items. It's easy to miss out on great opportunities to find new materials if you don't go off the beaten path.

Here's our take on the best game-streaming services currently out there

You can still get your physical video game discs or cartridges at your local store or download games digitally, but another option is even more convenient: Game streaming. Here are the best game streaming services.

PS4 vs. Switch: After weighing the pros and cons, which one comes out on top?

Nintendo Switch versus PlayStation 4: Which one has better overall value? We break down the pros and cons of each platform to tell you which of these consoles is truly worth the money.

Xbox's app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.

Here’s how to set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your Xbox One

Online privacy is more important now than it's ever been, and gaming is happening online more than ever before. Here's a quick guide on how to set up a VPN for your Xbox One so you game in safe anonymity.