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- Twitch’s most popular game streamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, is facing blowback after accidentally using a racial slur during a stream this week.
- Blevins said the n-word while freestyling during the opening of the Logic song, “44 More.” The song doesn’t use the word – Blevins inserted it on his own.
- On Thursday morning, Blevins apologized on Twitter.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the most popular streamer on Amazon-owned Twitch, is facing blowback from fans and critics after he accidentally used a racial slur during a stream this week.
Blevins can be heard using a slang derivation of the n-word, a racial slur, on a clip from the stream right here:
— J.D. (@jdwitherspoon) March 28, 2018
“Ayy, b—h, I’ve been goin’ and goin’ like the Energizer Yeah, I’m supplyin’ the wood like Elijah In the cut, smokin’ on indica Might f–k around and compartmentalize ya They say, they say life is a bitch And if that is the case then I’m finna surprise her”
The song doesn’t use the slang word/slur, but Blevins inserted it regardless.
On Thursday, Blevins apologized.
“While I am confident that most of this is a misunderstanding, I recognize that it’s my responsibility to never let there be THIS kind of a misunderstanding,” he wrote on Twitter. “More than anything, I hate that any of my friends, fans, or viewers might feel disrespected.”
Unlike other Twitch streamers/YouTube stars who’ve gotten into trouble with viewers for using racial pejoratives, such as YouTube star Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, Blevins wasn’t using the word with animosity or harmful intent.
That said, for someone who’s most recent accomplishment was breaking streaming records by playing with Drake, it’s an especially bad mistake.
“Wonder how Drake would feel if Ninja dropped the N-bomb while playing duos,” one Twitter user pointed out.
“I apologize to anyone who might feel hurt because I NEVER want that. It’s my stream, and it’s on me to make that right,” Blevins said on Thursday. “I promise that there was no mal intent (I wasn’t even trying to say the word-I fumbled lyrics and got tongue tied in the worst possible way). Again, I apologize for offending anyone and appreciate you all rocking with me.”