YouTube star PewDiePie created a controversy within the video-gaming community when, during a live-stream of the game Battlegrounds, he insultingly called his opponent the n-word. Fans and critics took to social media defending or denouncing Felix “Pewdiepie” Kjellberg's words. Some believe the word is unacceptable under any circumstances and call for consequences against PewDiePie, while others defend his use of the word as an unfortunate slip-of-the-tongue during a "heated gaming moment."
Also nobody is acting that way ppl mainly are just pointing it, & its defense, out as an example of the racist gamer community— solvzub (@phillip_brett) September 11, 2017
He's a youtuber that mostly covers horror and murder related subjects. He also has a series where he makes fun of people on social media.— Chris (@Jirachibi1000) September 11, 2017
Most people just rage quit and log off, others use racial slurs.— Sean (@seaneward1) September 11, 2017
Meanwhile, many on Twitter continue to condemn PewDiePie's words as unacceptable. The gaming community, a large network of insulated individuals who often don't see each other face to face, reports issues of racism and misogyny among themselves.
When ur first reaction is to rip out the N-Word in frustration instead of the tried & true "Mother F**ker!", somethings up. Examine yourself— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) September 11, 2017
Pewdiepie is just a liability at this point. For everyone in the business.— Jim RESISTerling (@JimSterling) September 10, 2017