Pewdiepie uses N-word in stream, Campo Santo threatens DMCA takedown

The most popular man on YouTube, Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, used the N-word during a livestream and at least one developer has had enough. While playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Pewdiepie could be heard saying: “What a f***ing n*****! Geez! Oh my god! What the f***? Sorry, but what the f***? What a f***ing asshole.” After using the racial slur, he laughs and says: “I don’t mean that in a bad [way].”

Pewdiepie has taken down his video of the game in question, but recordings of it are still available online, like this one:

Pewdiepie has been in the spotlight before for the wrong reasons, with his last controversy resulting in Disney ending a partnership after he paid people on Fiverr to hold up a “Death to all Jews” sign.

For Firewatch developer Sean Vanaman, enough is enough. He doesn’t want Pewdiepie to profit off any footage of Firewatch.

Vanaman makes several tweets on the topic, saying “I am sick of this child getting more and more chances to make money off of what we make.” He also says “He’s worse than a closeted racist: he’s a propagator of despicable garbage that does real damage to the culture around this industry.”

Vanaman also delves into Campo Santo indirectly profiting from Pewdiepie’s publicity, and not being proud of this benefit. He has threatened a DMCA takedown, and will be in contact with attorneys to see what kind of action is possible.

So far Pewdiepie hasn’t responded to any of the blowback from this, but fans have responded that “he didn’t mean it that way”, or rubbish about people moaning about the word not having any power anymore. Sure, go say the N-word in the middle of a crowd of black people and see how that works out for you. Many also said that it was a heated moment and he blurted it out. You don’t blurt out words that you don’t use regularly, and we have seen this happen far too many times here in South Africa, with people blurting out the K-word in arguments in restaurants or during road rage. If it isn’t part of your daily lexicon of words, you probably aren’t going to blurt it out when you are angry.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.
  • Pewdiepie…talk about over rated douchebags.

  • Funnynel42

    Ah PewDiePie, again messing up. I subbed to him when I saw his Amnesia reaction videos and some of the funny content after that. But the fame got to his head and he stopped being funny and now forces “jokes” in his content. He already lost me as a sub more than a year ago. I hope he keeps messing up.

  • Raidz19

    He will probably just go and make another lame video about how stupid people are for over reacting and how he is sorry but not sorry. And he probably like the extra attention he is getting for this.

    #hatehisface

  • DemonGamer

    Eh I feel like n-word isn’t so bad and is nowhere close to the k-word. Because the n word is used so much and everywhere and by everyone that is no longer seen as derogatory. So I’m on that line where either everyone use it or no one use it. BUT. . .

    I dont like PupkinPie so I’m fine with him getting the boot ! But seriously it’s a good example of showing that when you do/say something beware of consequences . I do like this part though : “I am sick of this child getting more and more chances to make money off of what we make.”

    • Kikmi

      for an easy way of giving a word weight, speak to the people it effects. The K word in za you wouldn’t use because A) Its hate speech and B) If anyone had to hear you say it there’d be 100% likelihood to getting trouble

      Now the same goes for African Americans. Its the same feeling, its the same harbouring of fear and vulnerability. K is === N (amongst others) for all African people depending on their home language. So like I said, next time you play games on a US server, maybe chat to one of your teammates and find out how they feel about other people using either phrase being N or K. I can assure you, their feelings on the matter will mirror anything you would here from a ZA black person.

      • DemonGamer

        True , location and the people it refers to does have impact . My problem is that the word has been made so popular than any other derogatory term or racial slur that the real meaning and impact of it has been dampened (by those using it).

        So either everybody use it to make it a word that never meant anything and turn it into something bland , or no one use it and deny it any place or power in our society.

  • Jure Krisper

    And the world goes wild!

    Seriously though. Hold in there, Pewds. This storm will blow over. <3

  • Kikmi

    That was not done with an absent mind, you can hear precisely that the tone and mannerism were intentional and forced with specific emphasis on the last syllable indicating volition.

    How this is even up for debate is beyond me. It doesn’t take a linguistics expert to derive meaning from intent and considering his previous flirtations with the exact same gravity of subject matter just leads me to believe that he should have been made obsolete ages ago.

    Its fucking disgusting that people have the audacity to defend him. And lets be honest, there’s only one colour type of fan that’s defending this abhorrent behaviour, which again only makes issues worse.

    Development houses should certainly have power over the content they produce and by all means should have legal right to defer obnoxious curtailing of their content for profit amidst spewing vile horrendous slander for the sake of being edgy. All this is going to do is propagate more inane racial wars within the community again which is something the already fragile industry didn’t really need at this point.

    • I have been on the receiving end of arguments the whole day. Basically I am accused of saying casual racism (that is what this is no matter how you try to defend it) is worse than a DMCA threat. I believe any form of racism regardless of how casual it is a MUCH worse than a DMCA takedown threat. I mean he is basically teaching his 50 million odd followers that it is okay to call people that. I am just glad I am not the only one who thinks this is wrong.

      Have an upvote.

  • Nucleous

    That guy is a moron how do people still watch that idiot’s videos and him playing games? Douchebag…
    Developers should just not allow him to stream their games, period….

  • Coen De Bruin

    If words can hurt you, then you are truly weak.

  • pewdiepie was wrong for using that specific word.

    but campo santo’s reaction to it is confusing. the dmca was never FOR this sort of use at all. the dmca itself is a piece of legislation that protects copyright and deals with copyright infringement. pewdiepie did not copyright infringe [and while they /can/ argue that he did “copyright infringe” by playing firewatch, both of them would end up in court and the judge would probably throw the part about him using that specific word out, completely, because it has NOTHING to do with the “dmca” part of the proceedings.]

    • Valshen

      Actually chatted to a laywer and a dev about this and revoking permission to stream games would be copyright infringement. Basically it is infringement to make a let’s play, but the copyright holder is allowing it. If they stop allowing it, content becomes unlawful and they have the right to pull the content.

      • right, and campo santo has it as part of their .faq that they’re fine with you doing lp’s and streams. but they can’t conflate his doing one thing with another. [ie: they can’t decide that his choice of wording in one game is cause for them dmca’ing him for /their/ game. [though it seems like they’re not doing this.]]

        i think the fallout from this is going to be that they’re going to tighten up that .faq and include a rider to the streaming/lp’ing part of it that “you shouldn’t be a vile human and play this game,” basically. [a lawyer would say that better than i can ;)]

        i /do/ think they’re going to have a bit of a difficult time here, because they’ve historically said: “sure, play our game for an audience” and now they’re revoking that right from one person for something else that he’s done. i dunno how a lawyer’s going to feel about that, because the wording on their original “play this game” statement didn’t really have “criteria.”

        [i want to keep stressing that i don’t think pewdiepie was in the right here, at all. even claiming, after the fact, that he forgot he was “on a stream” is bad. it sends the unintended message that he has no trouble using words like this “offline.”]

  • Silver King

    If you are sensitive then you should stay away from online multiplayer games and live screamers, sorry streamers. Or play with a private player base. You will be happier for it.

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