Famed for his Disney-themed remixes, YouTuber Pogo has recently been under fire for making homophobic comments.
Real name Nick Bertke, the Australian producer has amassed millions of views with his sampling and electronic mashups of movies like Alice In Wonderland and Toy Story.
But in a video that has surfaced on Thursday, Bertke explained why he decided to name his channel after a homophobic slur.
"I've always had a very thorough dislike of homosexuals. I've never liked a grown man acting like a 12-year-old girl," he said.
In the near three-minute rant, Bertke also does a fist pump when talking about the shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub.
The video prompted an angry reaction on Twitter.
— Lindsay Jones (@IAmLindsayJones) May 31, 2018
whether you believe pogo was ‘joking’ or felt, like me, that his comments were laced with sincerity -
the bottom line is that his video is abhorrent, disgusting and disturbing.
the views expressed ‘in jest’ are echoed by bigots around the globe.
i just wish it never happened.
— ♡♪!? (@SkyWilliams) May 31, 2018
I’m not done being angry at @NickBertke - he runs his mouth, then when his followers contradict his self righteous rhetoric, he deletes his statements and pretends we don’t know what we’re talking about. You’re not THAT smart Pogo. You’re not post bigotry just cuz you say so.
— Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) June 1, 2018
well Pogo is fucking cancelled, then, I guess
if Disney wants free brownie points they should cease and desist his ass right away
— jessica 👓👀 (@my2k) May 31, 2018
Every once in a while it's depressingly refreshing to have a content creator you've enjoyed for years to come out and spell out what a horrible person they are. Thanks Pogo, now I don't have to wonder whether I can separate the art from the artist, because you are the worst.
— Fred Wood (@thatsmytrunks) May 31, 2018
If you didn't already hear, @NickBertke aka Pogo - the man behind the Disney electronic mash-ups - made a video about how much he hates gay men. If you're like me and been a fan of his music for nearly a decade, please join me and STOP supporting him from now on.
— Sarah Sterling (@SarahSterling_) May 31, 2018
In a later video, Bertke claimed that the original video was a joke to "confuse people," in the style of comedian Andy Kaufman. He added that many of his friends are gay thus there being a "degree of irony" to his comments, but conceded the behaviour was "naive" on his part.
"It has never been my intention to hurt people, or to offend people. That has never been my intention," he said.
"My intention has always been to entertain, to make people think, to create discussion, to flip the coin. That's what I've only ever wanted to do, to flip the coin. To get the better of certain social movements and cultures I don't like."
The artist has previously written about his dislike of feminism, which disappointed fans and supporters of his work.
YouTube has been contacted for comment.