PewDiePie, who you may know as the ominous voice coming from your child’s bedroom, has gotten himself into quite a pickle.
Since 2012, Felix Kjellberg has been making a name (and some serious $$$) for himself by playing games and recording himself making faces. Kind of makes you look at that college debt with some extra disdain, huh?
As his channel has grown, his shock humor has grown as well. By the week it seemed that the PewD Man was pushing his level of offensive humor, and it was doing him well as he quickly became the biggest and highest paid YouTuber.
Well, now it seems that PewDiePie may have pushed the envelope a little too far.
PewDiePie’s most recent attempt at shock humor has cost him his partnership’s with both Disney’s Maker Studios and YouTube itself.
The video that caused all this was his January 11th video that showed two men holding a sign that read, “Death to All Jews.”
The two men were hired via Fiverr.com, and later apologized in a follow-up video explaining that they really had no idea what the sign meant since they don’t understand English that well.
The original video has since been taken down, but the apology video can be seen above.
Disney does not directly work with PewDiePie, however they did purchase Maker Studios in 2014, the company to which Felix is signed onto. Though PewDiePie wound up making his own studio, Revelmode, it was still under his contract with Maker.
YouTube will still be host to Felix’s personal account, and his videos will still be made available for viewing. But the company has decided to cancel Felix’s YouTube Red exclusive, Scare PewDiePie, which was approaching its second season.
The company has also limited PewDiePie’s ad opportunities, which will probably affect him more in the long-run.
“just to clear some things up…
It came to my attention yesterday that some have been pointing to my videos and saying that I am giving credibility to the anti-Semitic movement, and my fans are part of it as well for watching. I don’t want to cite the sources because I don’t want to give them any more attention.
This originated from a video I made a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online. I picked something that seemed absurd to me—That people on Fiverr would say anything for 5 dollars.
I think it’s important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes.
I make videos for my audience. I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary. I know my audience understand that and that is why they come to my channel. Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.
As laughable as it is to believe that I might actually endorse these people, to anyone unsure on my standpoint regarding hate-based groups: No, I don’t support these people in any way.
Thanks for reading.”