PewDiePie responds to allegations of being transphobic

Published: 20/Nov/2019 22:44 Updated: 20/Nov/2019 23:12

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube king Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has responded to accusations of transphobia after critics took issue with comments he made in a Dr. Phil reaction video.

Although Kjellberg stands as YouTube’s most subscribed content creator, the massive spotlight shining on his channel doesn’t always bode well for potential scandals, as the Swede has discovered yet again.

On November 15, PewDiePie uploaded one of his regular Dr. Phil reaction videos, in whichhe commentates on the proceedings of past episodes.

During this episode, PewDiePie used male pronouns when referring to a young person who filmed themselves gargling mouthwash in a Wal-Mart and dubbed them “Jeffree Star’s rejected son,” referring to the iconic makeup mogul of YouTube fame.

However, critics were quick to note that the shopper in question is a transgender woman by the name of Bameron Nicole Smith, and took to Twitter to accuse the YouTuber of blatant transphobia.

PewDiePie has since responded to the accusations in a video uploaded on November 20, claiming that he didn’t hear anyone address Smith by male pronouns and had even researched the gender of her first name, Bameron.

“Honestly, I didn’t even think about it, because she had a masculine name,” PewDiePie argued. “I looked it up. Bameron is a boy’s name. …she wasn’t mentioned as a ‘she’ anywhere by anyone in the video, so it’s not that weird.”

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The YouTuber went on to deny that he was transphobic and even denounced such behavior, encouraging his viewers to refrain from misgendering others.

“I actually support LGBT,” he continued. “I could have been more careful, but I would never purposefully misgender someone as a way to antagonize or troll. I wouldn’t do that. Same with sexuality. That’s not okay, you shouldn’t do it either. I wouldn’t do it.”

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While Smith has yet to respond to PewDiePie’s latest video, she uploaded a video reacting to his initial comments on November 19, calling out his use of male pronouns in reference to her during his commentary.

“I know you’re not out here with 100 million, however many plus subscribers you have, with your eight thousand scandals, misgendering trans people,” Smith said of the issue. “How are you out here doing that? You obviously saw that I present feminine. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it.”

This debacle marks the latest of PewDiePie’s scandals, leaving the YouTuber to address online outrage once again.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.