Pewdiepie apologises for racial slur that ‘just slipped out’

Two days after the incident, Fenix Kjellberg has made a video to apologise for his use of a racial slur during a livestream. Pewdiepie was playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds when he called the person he was shooting at the n-word.

Here is a transcription of the video:

Hello I wanted to make a statement on what I said in my previous livestream.


You probably won’t believe me when I say this, but whenever I go online and I hear other players use the same kind of language that I did, I always find it extremely immature and stupid, and I hate how I now personally fed into that part of gaming as well. It was something that I said in the heat of the moment, I said the worst word that I could possibly think of and it just sort of slipped out. I’m not going to make any excuses to why it did because there are no excuses for it.


I’m disappointed in myself because it seems like I’ve learned nothing from all these past controversies, and it’s not that I think I can say or do whatever I wanted 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 okay. It was not okay. I’m really sorry if I offended, hurt or disappointed anyone with all of this. Being in the position that I am, I should know better.


I know I can’t keep messing up like this. I owe to my audience and to myself to do better than this, because I know I’m better than this. I really want to improve myself and better myself—not just for me, but for anyone that looks up to me or anyone that’s influenced by me. And that’s how I want to move forward away from this. That’s all I have to say, thank you for watching. Bye.

The video is short and has no jokes. He says that he is making no excuses for his behaviour, before using excuses like “just slipped out” and “heat of the moment”, completely derailing things when he says he is sorry if he hurt or disappointed anyone.

Kjellberg has apologised before, and promised to tone down the shock humour, first with an apology about the Fiverr anti-Semetism incident, and another time when he said he would stop making Nazi joikes after Charlottesville.

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.

  • MonsterCheddar

    This guy is an idiot. Plain and simple.

    Same shit over and over.

  • riiiiggghhht.

    if you keep doing it and keep making apologies, it’s clear that you’re not learning and this is going to happen again.

    • MonsterCheddar

      I’ve watched one of his streams and there is only one word to describe him – Fucktard.

  • Delano

    He’s sorry “if” he offended anyone.

    Duh. Of course he offended. Otherwise we wouldn’t be talking about this. 🙂

  • Pesto

    Why do people watch people playing games
    Why not just play the games or hang out with friends ??

    • so, there’s a couple of reasons why i do this:

      one is that i might like the person playing the game and i might enjoy their commentary [if it’s a commentary-based playthrough, which is what i generally seek.] there’s /no/ way to have that experience other than them recording their gameplay. [in this case, that’d be someone like nintendocaprisun, where he’s a neat guy and laid back guy.]

      i might not be into the genre of game, but a game might pique my interest. this goes for things like racing games or shooters [though, i can’t say i watch people play shooters, because there’s basically nothing worse, as pewdiepie just demonstrated. everything about shooters makes people hostile.]

      i might be into the genre of game, but might be terrible at it: for me, this is platformers. i’m endlessly fascinated by some of the better platformers, but i absolutely do not have the reflexes to be able to cope with most of them. in that case, watching a skilled player is a blast – just seeing how well they navigate the game and know it can be satisfying.

      the game might not be available here [or you could import it, if you chopped off an arm and a leg and paid those, as part of the price, too.]: i’m not very into japanese-style games, but there have been a couple of imports that i’ve always been curious about [like the magic: the gathering game by sega for the dreamcast from 2001. a) it’s on a platform i’d never have bought, b) it’s in a language i don’t understand.] finding someone who’s fluent in the language and wiling to speak mine while they play it can be a pleasant revelation.

      i wouldn’t just write off lp’s [let’s plays] as “a ridiculous idea.” no, it might not be for you, but there are reasons people enjoy them.

    • Delano

      Why do people watch people playing sports? Why not just play the sports or hang out with friends?

      And why are the two concepts of watching games/sports and hanging out with friends, mutually exclusive? Who says you can’t watch sports/games *with* friends?

      • since i’m not into sports, i’ve never thought of it that way. but thanks. i’ll remember that next time this comes up.

      • Pesto

        No you misunderstand there is a huge dif between watching esports / sports and watching some peanut just playing a game of cs or what ever

        • Delano

          Okay. Explain this huge difference to me.

        • like delano, i’m curious about this “difference.”

          please elaborate.

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