Another week, another white YouTuber using the N-word?
Two weeks after Kathleen "Kathleen Lights" Fuentes and Jaclyn Hill found themselves under fire for an Instagram video that showed Fuentes drunkenly using the N-word, controversial YouTube star Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg is facing backlash for using the racial slur in his own live stream video.
PewDiePie dropped the N-word while he was playing the video game "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds." (Ironically, Fuentes was also playing a video game when she blurted out the slur.)
Upon realizing what he said, PewDiePie quickly corrected himself. "I don't mean that in a bad way," he insisted, ignoring the fact there isn't any "good" way to use that word.
He then added, "Sorry, but what the fuck? What a fucking asshole."
Longtime followers noted that this isn't the first time PewDiePie has used a racial slur.
PewDiePie (who was deemed YouTube's richest star by Forbes last year) has been heavily criticized for making racist remarks before.
Earlier this year, PewDiePie was dropped by Disney after he made an anti-Semitic video that featured two people holding signs with Nazi imagery.
After fans flooded his feed in outrage, PewDiePie quickly issued an apology.
In a video posted Tuesday, PewDiePie said, “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.”
He continued, “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… I’m really sorry if I offended, hurt, or disappointed anyone with all of this. Being in the position I am, I should know better… I owe it to my audience and to myself to do better than this, because I know I’m better than this.”
But the ease with which PewDiePie (and Fuentes) dropped the racial slur is alarming to fans.
It's startling how common racial slurs have become within the YouTube community. The "casual" usage of the N-word needs to end — now.