The YouTube megastar Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as Pewdiepie, is in the news again. Once again, it’s for something negative. While playing Battlegrounds, he referred to another player as the n-word. He then almost immediately realized what he said, apologized, giggled, and then called the guy an asshole. Like any of that would un-ring the n-word bell. Here’s a link to a clip of from the stream.
What’s Pewdiepie’s problem? He obviously doesn’t care about his millions of fans. Because he can’t help himself from casually using the n-word in a live stream, the apex predator of all racial slurs, he put his fans in the unenvious position of either denouncing him or defending him. The worst part about the way he used the n-word was that it seemed like it’s something he says all the time.
I dislike Pewdiepie
I’m not a fan of Pewdiepie, but I do subscribe to his YouTube channel. With over 57 million subscribers, I feel like I need to subscribe to his channel just to keep up with what’s going on. I just don’t get it. I don’t see what the draw is to Pewdiepie is. I’m not in his intended demographic, so it doesn’t really matter if I like his content or not. Not only do I not like his content, I don’t like him.
Supposedly most of his fan base is composed of children. Considering that, it makes his antisemitic or racist comments even worse. And to think YouTube creators make money on YouTube from advertisements. They must not if one of YouTube’s biggest stars drops the n-word like it’s just another word. Who would want to advertise on Pewdiepie’s channel considering some of the stuff he’s done lately?
Pewdiepie strikes me as an obnoxious, petulant child. The latest video clip does nothing to make me change my mind.
Pewdiepie has responded to the latest controversy and apologized.