Earlier this week, YouTube’s biggest star PewDiePie landed in some hot water. Some hot, boiling water. Hot enough to take your skin off.
During a livestream on which he was playing some Battleground, PewDiePie lost his temper and hurled the N-word at a player who was causing him grief. He quickly moved to check himself saying he “didn’t mean that in a bad way”, but it was too little too late.
On top of that, developer Campo Santo hit PewDiePie with a DMCA takedown of its game Firewatch and urged other developers and publishers to do the same. While one can understand a developer not wishing its game to be associated with PewDiePie after this weekend, its actions have opened up a whole can of worms that may adversely effect other YouTubers.
PewDiePie for his part remained silent for most of Monday, but stepped forward yesterday to issue an apology. In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Pie – or Felix Kjellberg to use his real name – said that he was disappointed in himself and that he was sorry for what he said.
“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,” said Kjellberg.
“Being in the position I am, I should know better,” he added. You can watch the whole thing below:
Kjellberg also said that there were no excuses for what he said – and we’d like to jump on that for a second. Not because we want to continue pounding PewDiePie – he’s said sorry and while that doesn’t fix things, clearly the man has some work to do and he realises this, which at the very least is a step in the right direction.
No, the reason we want to focus on that because in the last couple of days we’ve seen a lot of local gamers rush to the guy’s defence on his use of the N-word, and some of the ‘justifications’ that have popped up have set our collective hair on end. We’ve heard some of the dumbest arguments imaginable from ‘it’s just a word’ to ‘if black people can say it, why can’t white people?’ to ‘my kids say it all the time – it’s freedom of speech’.
And really, in this day and age, we can’t believe we’re having to have a conversation about why hurling a racist slur at someone is not on. So we’re going to leave the explanation in the hands of Mr O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, who recently took Bill Maher to task for his use of the N-word.