YouTube A-List celebrity PewDiePie has been accused of racism after using the N-word in the latest video.
The YouTube superstar, who earned around $15 million last year, came under fire after publishing a video titled “I WON AN AWARD!” in which he celebrated being voted number 18 in “‘100 Most Handsome Faces Of 2016” —a list created by a fellow YouTuber, TC Candler.
In the video, PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, is heard saying: “Eighteen! Eighteen! Eighteen, [n-word].” He was trying to use the word in a exclamatory way, not directed at any person. While the word was edited short, many of his subscribers understood what he said, and it was clear in the closed captioning too.
Social media went into overdrive with #PewDiePieIsOverParty trending on Twitter.
He utters the N-word at the 1:57 mark in the video:
Some claimed the YouTube star is racist for using the explicit term, while others pointed out that it was a joke.
A woman who goes by the name Arroz Blanco said on Twitter: “If you’re not black then don’t use the word. very simple concept that the whites are too dumb to understand #PewdiepieIsOverParty.”
“*If You’re Not Black do not say [n-word]* That Fu***** Simple,” another user lashed out. “Y’all are … dumb if you aren’t black don’t tell me that [n-word] isn’t offensive coming from a white fu***** mouth,” said another.
“Why are people trying to defend him, he knows that word is extremely racist and hurtful to many people just stop,” wrote Sonia.
Others were more forgiving towards the YouTuber, saying; “Shouting the N-word as a mere suffix to celebratory exclamation isn’t offensive at all. Embarrassing, but not offensive.” Another user wrote: “I’m black and I don’t think its offensive. I thought it was funny.”
“Nondirectly says n word as a joke for a tenth of a second, entire career of hardwork and dedication is now obsolete,” a popular YouTuber who runs the “Trollzous” channel tweeted to taunt PewDiePie’s critics.
PewDiePie has since responded to the outrage, saying “I’m still here… Disappointed.”
Note: Don’t be surprised if PewDiePie, who frequently trolls the media, suddenly releases an unedited clip of the section with the n-word that reveals it to be a different word altogether.
Im still here… DISAPPOINTED
— pewdiepie (@pewdiepie) January 6, 2017