PewDiePie makes racial slur during live stream
The world’s highest-paid YouTube star, PewDiePie, has once again caused controversy as the star uses the n-word during a PlayerUnknown’s Battleground live stream.
The racial slur is not the first time PewDiePie, known as Felix Kjellberg, has gotten in trouble, in February of this year PewDiePie released a video in which he paid two people through a crowd sourcing website to hold up a sign that read “Death to all Jews”. This action led to Disney dropping the star from its YouTube network, and YouTube cancelling PewDiePie’s then upcoming series Scare PewDiePie 2.
Following yesterday’s racial slur, Firewatch developer Sean Vanaman released a statement saying that his Studio, Campo Santo, are filling a DMCA takedown of any Firewatch content on PewDiePie’s YouTube channel. In a number of tweets from Mr Vanaman, he stated, “There is a bit of leeway you have to have with the internet when u wake up every day and make video games. There’s also a breaking point.” His final Tweet on the subject stated, “Freedom of speech is freedom of prosecution. His stream is not commentary, it is ad growth for his brand. Our game on his channel =endorsement.”
PewDiePie has not released an official statement regarding his actions, but the BBC has stated that shortly after using the term, he apologised and said, “I don’t mean that in a bad way.”
From my opinion, Mr Kjellberg’s actions are unforgivable no one has a right to use racially abusive language. What makes things worse is that a large chunk of PewDiePie’s fan base is made out of young men and women who may take his word as gospel. His actions also damage the reputation of both new-media (YouTube content creators) and video game industries.
Author: Aaron Meehan
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