Disney Cut Ties With PewDiePie Over His Anti-Semitic YouTube Vids
YouTuber PewDiePie speaks out after Disney cut ties with him due to controversial content. Read the full story at MTV.co.uk.
In news that will make you want to absolutely not give this video a thumbs up, comment or hit the subscribe button, PewDiePie is in big trouble with Disney, as they’ve officially cut all ties with him and his YouTube channel.
The big decision to end their lucrative deal comes after he posted a string of videos, all including some pretty bizarre and very controversial anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi references. Not exactly the best match with Disney Princesses, then.
If the news re: Pewds has left you wondering WTF, a Wall Street Journal review recently found that nine of PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjelberg)’s videos in the past six months have featured shocking anti-Semitic imagery including swastikas, Nazi salutes and shots of Hitler.
Just last month, Felix shared clips of a man dressed as Jesus saying “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong”, and paid two Indian men to hold up a banner reading “Death to All Jews” via a freelancing website.
It’s all fine though, because he’s since insisted that he’s not serious in the use of his imagery. Um, probably still not too cool, Pewds.
In 2016 alone, Felix (with some help from his 53 million subscribers) is reported to have earned around $15 million from advertising, sponsorship, appearance fees and merch. Part of this business was the joint agreement with Disney’s Maker Studios.
Speaking about Disney’s decision to cut ties with the YouTuber, a Maker Studios spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal: “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.”
Meanwhile, in response to the controversy that’s kicked off surrounding his videos recently, Felix took to tumblr in an attempt to “clear some things up” and defend his sense of humour.
“I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online,” he wrote.
“I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes. I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary.
“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.
- Words by Lucy Wood.
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