It may be a new year, but PewDiePie seems set on continuing his 2016 bad boy streak with a new video that features a pretty heavy racial slur. The video, which sees Felix struggling with the idea that he might not be as attractive as he thought, quickly shocked fans when he drops the n-word. In no time at all, the #PewDiePieIsOverParty trend appeared on Twitter as the YouTube community fought back.
The reason for Felix’s outburst follows the discovery that a YouTube channel named him one of the “100 Most Handsome Faces of 2016” – in fact, he was placed 18th! After discovering his ranking, PewDiePie is seen spinning around on his computer chair in excitement screaming “Eighteen! Eighteen! Eighteen n*****!”. Clever editing on Felix’s part cuts off the end of the word, but not before it’s made massively clear what he said.
You can hear Felix’s use of the n-word at 1:55 in the video below.
The reaction of the Bro Army in the comments is massively torn, with some fans asking him to “post an apology and take down this video” whilst others are saying “it’s just a word, it’s not offensive”. Over on Twitter, after the #PewDiePieIsOverParty trend appeared, Felix tweeted out that he was “disappointed”, which prompted more replies begging the YouTuber to apologise for his language.
We don’t know what will happen to the video, or Felix for that matter, but it looks like he doesn’t feel any remorse for using the n-word after he retweeted fellow shock creator iDubbbzTV and the explicit new hashtag seen below.
We’ll keep you updated if anymore news comes out regarding the issue, but we’d love to know what you think about his use of the word: did PewDiePie use a racist slur or are people getting too sensitive over a word? Let us know in the comments below.