Gamer Jacksepticeye has written a Tumblr post after receiving criticism from many fans.
In the 12-minute unmonetised video, Sean explained that despite initially tweeting in support of Felix Kjellberg, he did not condone his friend’s actions, and believed Felix should have been more apologetic in his video responding to the controversy, stating: “You can still be friends with someone but not agree with something they do. I don’t think the world is that black-and-white.”
The next day, Sean tweeted feelings of regret about the way he handled the video, following criticism and claims he had “thrown [Felix] under the bus”:
Really regret my video from yesterday. A lot of people have been really opening my eyes on the topic and made me realise how naive I was.
— Jacksepticeye (@Jack_Septic_Eye) February 19, 2017
Shortly afterwards, he published a Tumblr post entitled A follow up…, in which he claimed his main regret from the video was “focusing too much on what Felix did and whether I agreed with it or not instead of elaborating on the media side of it all”, stating: “I think because I’m close friends with Felix that I thought I could criticise him a bit more and explain it to him if he disagreed, but to the outside viewer this isn’t apparent and looks like I just blasted him instead in front of a lot of people.”
Sean went on to elaborate that he did not agree with how the story had been handled by the mainstream media, believing that “there were some unethical practices at play with the media, a lot of misquoting and misrepresentation, and then other articles taking that and doing their spin on it which muddied the waters more”.
He rounded off the post by stating that despite his personal disagreement, he still stands with Felix: “The insane endless attacks on him and witch hunt are out of control and going too far. We all make mistakes and should be given an opportunity to learn from them”.