Pewdiepie has released a public statement in response to massive international backlash to his use of the N-Word during a live stream.
The world’s most popular YouTuber was again the focus of international scrutiny this week, only months after a WSJ video saw the Swede dropped from his YouTube MCN, owned by Disney.
This time out it was his use of the N-Word during a live stream of PUBG that made the news.
The stream, watched live by over 30,000 people at the time, was the last straw for some members of the gaming community, including one developer who claims to be seeking to prevent Pewdiepie from making money from his company’s title.
In response, Pewdiepie, real name Felix Kjellberg, has released a YouTube video explaining his mindset and apologising to his audience.
The video is direct and apologetic, unlike his response to the WSJ earlier in 2017, with Pewdiepie keen to focus on self improvement.
“Whenever I go online and I hear other players using the kind of language that I did, I always find it extremely immature and stupid.”
“I hate how I now personally fed into that part of gaming as well
“It was something I said in the heat of the moment. I said the worst word I could think of, and it sort of slipped out.
“I’m not going to make any excuses for it. I’m disappointed in myself because it seems like I learned nothing from these past controversies.
“It’s not that I think I can say or do what I want and get away with it. That’s not it at all. I’m just an idiot.
“That doesn’t make what I said or how I said it okay. It was not okay.
“I’m really sorry if I offended, hurt or disappointed anyone with all of this.
“Being in the position I’m in, I know I should do better. I can’t keep messing up like this.
“I really want to improve myself and better myself, not just for me, but for anyone that looks up to me or is influenced by me. That’s how I want to move forward from all of this.”
You can watch the whole apology video below.