PewDiePie Accused of Transphobia by a Dr. Phil Guest
It's not his first controversy.
The YouTube sensation with the second highest subscriber count and co-creator of Pixelings (mobile RPG game), is making headlines again. It wasn’t long ago when a controversy saw Felix ‘PewDiePie‘ Kjellberg, pulling out a $50,000 pledge from ADL(Anti-Defamation League) after backlash from some of his 100 million + subscribers. This time round, there’s an accusation that he is being transphobic. The news came after a Dr Phil guest called-out the Swede for misgendering her.
She also talked about it on her YouTube channel:
Who is PewDiePie?
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, born 24 October 1989, aka, PewDiePie, is a Swedish YouTuber and comedian, known for his video content, which mainly consists of Let’s Play videos and comedic formatted shows.
His popularity has caused him to become one of the most noted online personalities. Pewd’s coverage of indie games, has created an Oprah effect, boosting sales for titles he plays. In 2016, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people.
At the moment, PewDiePie content is the second most viewed on YouTube (T-series being the first)
Why is he being Accused of Transphobia?
This latest controversy saw PewDiePie under attack from a 19-year-old Dr Phil guest. The transgender woman, Bameron. PDP used he/him pronouns for her, while doing what he does on YouTube. The comments met with hate from some social-media users.
The transgender woman in question made a video in reaction, which saw PewDiePie under direct attack from her.
PewDiePie, I know you’re not out here with 100 million subscribers, with 8000 scandals, misgendering trans people.
She termed the Swede “literally a rat” and claimed that he must have known her gender.
However, responding to the claims, PewDiePie took it to his social-media:
If I go on Twitter, this is what I see. These anime avatar kids are relentlessly calling me a transphobe on Twitter.
I allegedly purposefully misgendered someone. It was in my Dr Phil video…This person who, to me, was so clearly a Jeffree Star wannabe or lookalike, I didn’t even think about it. She had a masculine name.
It’s not that weird to think they would be referred to as he. She wasn’t mentioned as “she” anywhere in the video so it’s not that weird! I actually support LGBT. I would never – and I could have been more careful – I would never purposefully misgender someone as a way to antagonise or troll.
PewDiePie closed the video with some really harsh words.
It’s the same s*** all over again. Go f*** yourself.
We’ll update you on the issue as more information starts rolling in.