In 2017, PewDiePie was accused of anti-semtism after a video surfaced of him making some seemingly racist remarks. He quickly apologized but both Disney and YouTube (who had a show with PewDiePie at the time) cut ties with the online personality.
“I think it’s important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes,” he wrote on Tumblr at the time. “I make videos for my audience. I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary. I know my audience understand that and that is why they come to my channel. Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.”
Later that year, he was accused of using another racial slur while live-streaming PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Again he responded to the controversy by apologizing.
“I’m not going to make any excuses to why [the slur] did [slip out] 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, [using the slur] was not okay,” he explained. “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.”