Popular YouTuber Used Horrific Racial Slur, But People Are Still Defending Him
Our minds are blown and our hearts genuinely hurt right now. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better know as being the face of YouTube‘s most popular channel PewDiePie, is known for being slightly controversial, but when we heard he used the n-word in a recent video, we were genuinely shocked — how could someone with such a big platform use such an offensive slur?
We assumed everyone who saw the video would be condemning the 27-year-old, and at first that’s what happened — #PewDiePieIsOverParty started trending on Twitter almost immediately after the video when live — but then after looking a little bit deeper, we realized that more people were actually defending his actions rather than letting him know what he did was wrong. Their argument was, for the most part, that he didn’t use the word with the intent to offend, but rather be funny, and so therefore he’s not at fault.
— Roast Master Ezek (@sultanofsnare) January 6, 2017
Watched the clip. Are people seriously pissed off at @pewdiepie for this? Wtf it wasnt even said in a racist way? People need to chill out.
— JJMEER ™ (@jjmeer504) January 6, 2017
— Alex Sheltman (@AlexSheltman) January 6, 2017
People getting butthurt over @pewdiepie comment, when the only thing making the word racist are the people claiming it is. Lets change it.
— Tailei (@taianhlan) January 6, 2017
— LBPLAYER151 (@lbplayer151) January 6, 2017
@pewdiepie Ignore the haters,you're free to use whatever word you want, it's the free world. I know you're not racist. Words cannot harm.
— #Trump Teddy (@ToastyKuma) January 6, 2017
We understand that PewDiePiew might not have intentionally tried to be offensive, but the point is that the word he used has disgusting roots and is never acceptable.
While many defended the Internet king, there were some (probably who helped start the trending topic, TBH) who wanted to inform him that what he did was wrong and he should apologize to those who he hurt.
Stop catering towards the racist part of your fanbase for laughs. Why did you insist on saying the N word and leaving it in? @pewdiepie
— abby (@musicgomez) January 5, 2017
@pewdiepie the n word is racist, how about you apologise for using it, please or just delete the video and not say it again.
— jasmine; 62 (@miIastouch) January 5, 2017
— Shayor4President (@TrippyMorrison) January 5, 2017
@pewdiepie UR not racist and I'm not gonna watch ur vids for 5yrs and stop now, but that is disrespectful regardless of how u meant it poods
— Anonymous (@TheWierdGamer66) January 6, 2017
Apologies go a long way.
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