The worlds most popular and highest paid Youtube star Felix Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie, was caught using the N-word in a live broadcast of a video game.
According to Tech Crunch, the YouTube star with 57 million subscribers was live-broadcasting the game “Player Unknown Battlegrounds” when he complained about an opponent, who he called a “n*gger.”
Writing for The Guardian, Chella Ramanan insisted that the slur could not be excused as a joke or a mistake made in the heat of the moment.
“Casual use of racial slurs needs to be condemned wholeheartedly, every single time,” Ramanan wrote. “There is never a good reason to use the language displayed in this video. Playing a video game is not an excuse, just as being drunk or angry does not give anyone free reign to use racist insults.”
But hordes of male gamers took to Twitter to express support for Kjellberg.
Hey I know, maybe if society stopped giving such power to 6 letters this wouldn't be an issue? #PewdiepieDidNothingWrong
— Randolph Carter✴️ (@ThePlainsOfLeng) September 10, 2017
#PewdiepieDidNothingWrong y'all niggas just being salty
— Alex Korsenov (@AKorsenov) September 10, 2017
#PewdiepieDidNothingWrong He said the N-Word. So what? He said some edgy shit. No need to overreact and punish him for it. He's not racist.
— #DefendPewdiepie (@OGAlphaChaos) September 11, 2017
— Jay Or Dan (@GeneralMonkeyMC) September 11, 2017
— you're a pussy (@Kyorjk) September 11, 2017
NIGGER is just a word , stop blowing it out of proportion and grow up -_- . #PewdiepieDidNothingWrong
— Chandrahas Reddy (@giratina143) September 11, 2017
— AiPolitics (@AiPolitics) August 26, 2017