YouTube star PewDiePie under fire after shouting n-word on livestream

YouTube star PewDiePie under fire after shouting n-word on livestream
From CBC - September 11, 2017

One of the world's top online personalities is under fire after shouting a racist slur during a live online video over the weekend.

Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, was playing the popular online multiplayer game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the livestreaming site Twitch this past weekend when he loudly called another player the n-word.

"What a f*cking n*****r," Kjellberg shouts while playing the game. "Sorry, but what the f*ck. What a f*ckinga**hole."

With over 57 million subscribers, Kjellberg has the most popular channel on YouTube. The Swedish video creator made a name for himself playing and commenting on video games, though his output includes commentary on a wide variety of topics as well.

The expletive was clipped on Twitch and shared on multiple video game communities.

Indie studio strikes back

After the clip spread more widely online, Sean Vanaman, co-founder of independent game studio Campo Santo, announced he would be filing copyright takedown notices of all videos on Kjellberg's videos featuring their game Firewatch, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

"I am sick of this child getting more and more chances to make money off of what we make," Vanaman tweeted. "He's worse than a closeted racist: he's a propagator of despicable garbage that does real damage fo the culture around this industry."

We are filing a DMCA takedown of PewDiePie's Firewatch content and any future Campo Santo games.


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