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.