The famous youtuber known as PewDiePie(Felix Kjellberg) has been the main target of Wall Street Journal lately. With his content not as family friendly as certain people would like. It has definitely gotten him into some trouble. With a recent article published about him forcing major companies like Disney and YouTube to cut certain ties with him.
The reason for this is because he posted a video a month ago that has racial content. Three reporters by the name of Rofle Winkler, Jack Nicas, and Ben Fritz posted a article and video explaining how Felix is a anti-semiotic/racist. The video shown by the WSJ supports their argument on how Felix fits into all these hateful groups. By showing clips of his videos showing him in Nazi like attire. Watching Hitler speeches, and showing off swastikas on his videos. Even one where he pays two young men on to hold up a sign. With it saying “Death to all Jews.”.
All of the clips they show demonstrate hateful messages. Since all of this has happened lots of people are looking at pewdiepie as the newest face of racism. The Daily Stormer has even declared itself pewdiepie’s number one fan website. For the most part it’s mostly viewed as one of the most hated site in America.
Since this all happened Pewdiepie has taken some hits to his career. Two of his biggest partnerships Disney and Youtube have cut ties with him. Mainly because they do not want to be connected with someone who is being labeled as a racist. Youtube has since then cancelled his season 2 of his Youtube Red series. But it hasn’t been purely negative blows to him ever since this has emerged his subscriber rate has gone up.
However Felix has been very vocal of his situation as well. On February 16 he posted a video addressing his side of the story. He claimed that the WSJ is attacking him in hopes to destroy his career and taking all of his videos out of contexts. Which is something he has been very vocal about before saying how mainstream media takes everything out of context just to get views. He then stated the reason why he paid those two young men to hold up that sign is, because he wanted to prove how stupid the website is. As well to show off what lengths people will do for five dollars. He goes on to say that the media hates internet icons such as himself because of how much of a voice they have.
Even more they plaster to the world how much money he makes, but not all the good he does with his money such raising millions of dollars to charities. The reasoning behind his lost of partnerships is because WSJ forced them to cut ties with Felix. He was unaware for sometime of how many people thought he was a racist. When he found out he wrote a statement saying he does not support racism in any kind of way and, has no ties to any hate groups in any way. Ultimately he does agree that some of his jokes went a little too far but still believes this is an attack on him.
Watch PewDiePies response video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwk1DogcPmU
Wall Street Journal article/Video:https://www.wsj.com/articles/disney-severs-ties-with-youtube-star-pewdiepie-after-anti-semitic-posts-1487034533