Popular YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has posted an apology video, following a recent livestream where he used a racial slur.
“I’m disappointed in myself because it seems like I’ve learned nothing from all these past controversies,” Kjellberg said. “It’s not like 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. 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 can’t keep messing up like this.”
This isn’t the first time Kjellberg has been at the centre of controversy. YouTube and Disney cut ties with him after a series of anti-Semitic videos appeared online, although he insisted they were meant to be absurdist in nature. Following the Charlottesville white supremacist and neo-nazi rally, he published another video saying he wanted “nothing to do with these people.”
“If for some reasons Nazis think it’s great that I’m making these jokes, I don’t want to give them that benefit,” Kjellberg said at the time. “So I’m going to stop doing it. Nazi memes, they’re not even that funny anymore. It’s sort of a dead meme. So just to make it clear, no more.
“It’s not me censoring myself, it’s more like I don’t want to be part of this.”
PewDiePie has one of the largest following on YouTube, with 57 million subscribers. His videos routinely achieve over 1 million views each.