Felix Kjellberg’s PewDiePie most popular YouTube channel has been dropped from the Disney studio that made millions of dollars worth of deals for him. YouTube also drops upcoming YouTube series of PewDiePie because of videos containing anti-Semitic jokes.
Disney owned Maker Studios said that it had cancelled ties with Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie. YouTube also said that it had canceled the release of a coming series and dropped him from a premier advertising program.
Felix Kjellberg had posted nine anti-Semitic videos since August, reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Maker Studios spokeswoman said in a statement to WSJ , “Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case, and the resulting videos are inappropriate, Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward.”
On following day, a YouTube spokeswoman said the service was canceling the release of “Scare PewDiePie Season 2,” a sequel to an original YouTube series, and removing PewDiePie from Google Preferred Program.
In the “Death To All Jews” video, Pewdiepie, who hired the men via Fiverr, reportedly said, “I didn’t think they would actually do it.” The Indian men later apologized saying, “we really don’t know what the message meant when making the video.”
Via a Tumblr post, Pewdiepie addressed the controversy. He Wrote :
“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.”