'I'm just an idiot,' top YouTuber PewDiePie apologizes for racial slur usage

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After causing a massive controversy by using a racial slur during a livestream, YouTube personality Pewdiepie recently uploaded an apology video to his personal YouTube channel.

Kjellberg has attracted the attention of neo-Nazi fans ever since a prank he pulled earlier this year in which he used the website Fiverr to pay people in other countries to say and do offensive things on video - the biggest offender being when he paid two men in India to hold up a sign that said "Death to all Jews". He admits that there are no excuses for his use of this language.

"I'm disappointed in myself because it seems like I've learned nothing from all these past controversies", Kjellberg said. This is now the second time this year that PewDiePie, a.k.a. Felix Kjellberg, has been called out for overt racist speech, though the last time he tried to defend himself (sort of) in that he was trying to make a provocative joke involving some possibly unknowing, non-English speakers. "Being in the position I am in, I should know better". I know I can't keep messing up like this.

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Whether or not this is a honest response and something that the YouTuber will actually learn from is yet to be seen.

"It was something that I said in the heat of the moment". Fingers crossed he actually has learnt from his mistakes. And it's not that I think I can say or do whatever I want and get away with it.

The video he released on Tuesday, titled, "My Response", is a brief clip - far shorter than his usual work at just one minute and 35 seconds.

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Most notably, head developer of Firewatch, Sean Vanaman publicly announced that a DMCA takedown was filed over all of the studio's content on PewDiePie's channel, saying "He's worse than a closeted racist: he's a propagator of despicable garbage that does real damage to the culture around this industry". "That's not it at all - I'm just an idiot".

"It's not me censoring myself, it's more like I don't want to be part of this".

It's worth noting that Kjellberg's apology video never directly states what he said or explains why using racial slurs is so harmful. "I really want to improve myself and better myself, not just for me but for anyone that looks up to me". The star started posting YouTube videos in April of 2010 and has amassed 53 million YouTube subscribers.

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