'Ninja' issues apology for racial slur during stream
3/29/2018 10:37:03 PM EST
Popular streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins issued an apology Thursday for using a racial slur during a stream earlier this week.
Ninja is a former professional Halo player and is currently considered one of the top Fortnite players in the world. He has the most subscribed to channel in the history of Twitch, and recently broke the platform's record with 635,000 concurrent viewers during a stream playing alongside Drake.
More than 100,000 viewers watch every Ninja stream, and he was playing with former Call of Duty pro Matt "Nadeshot" Haag when he twice used a racial slur while rapping along to a song called "44 more" by Logic and getting tripped up on the words. The use of the slur noticed by viewers and eventually picked up by numerous media outlets.
"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. More than anything, I hate that any of my friends, fans, or viewers might feel disrespected," Ninja wrote in a series of tweets Thursday.
"It is my job, and hopefully I'm usually good at it, to make everyone feel welcome, valued, and safe to be themselves. So 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.
"The best way I can explain it is that I promise that I understand how much pain that word causes, even if it gets used a lot in music and elsewhere. It's a word historically used to divide people, and I'm about bringing people together.
"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."
--Field Level Media