If you spend your free time on YouTube, there is a good chance you have seen or heard of the gamer/”Let’s Player” PewDiePie. Back in 2013, he overtook Smosh as the most subscribed channel on YouTube, and currently has over 50 million subscribers. He has even appeared on an episode of South Park (Season 18, Episode 9). Pewds, as his fans call him for short, is in the news once again, but this time it is for a more unfortunate event.
PewDiePie Hates Jewish People?
Over the last few months, several of his videos that he has posted on YouTube have contained Nazi imagery and anti-Semitic jokes. One of his most notorious “jokes” was a video where he reacted to another video that portrayed two Indian men that PewDiePie paid through Fiverr. Fiverr is a website that allows it’s users to buy and sell services, like graphic design or voice over work, for as low as $5. Felix, PewDiePie’s real name, decided to spend his $5 to have these two men, who call themselves Funny Guys, make a video of them holding a banner and chanting “DEATH TO ALL JEWS.” This led to all three of them getting banned from Fiverr. However, Felix did take responsibility and request that Fiverr unban Funny Guys. The Funny Guys have since been unbanned.
Fiverr is not the only company that wants nothing to do with Pewds. He has also been dropped by his MCN (Multi-Channel Network), Maker Studios, which was purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 2014 for $500 million. That is not quite what they paid for Star Wars and LucasFilm Ltd ($4.05 billion), but it is still a lot of money!
YouTube has also decided to cancel his series, “Scare PewDiePie,” that was produced by and aired exclusively on YouTube Red. They have also removed his channel from the YouTube Preferred advertising network for violating advertiser-friendly guidelines.
Felix has been known to do radical publicity stunts in the past to keep himself in the spotlight. The most recent being his promise to delete his channel once he hit 50 million subs, which worked brilliantly. He followed through by deleting an alternate channel that he had created instead of his main channel. If these anti-Semitic jokes were intended to be another publicity stunt, it would appear that Felix got the attention he was seeking.
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