Months after Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg was first accused of publishing anti-Semitic videos on YouTube, the video persona is formally denouncing white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
“I believed now can be nearly as good a time as any to only say ‘I need nothing to do with these individuals,’” Kjellberg mentioned. “I don’t suppose anybody who watches me suppose I’m an precise Nazi, however I do know lots of people should have doubt — primarily due to all of the jokes that I’ve been making. At this level, I actually simply wish to distance myself from all of this.”
In a video revealed Wednesday, Kjellberg spoke concerning the latest rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that was organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Kjellberg tweeted concerning the rally, which turned violent and resulted within the demise of a counter-protester following a deliberate assault on pedestrians.
— pewdiepie (@pewdiepie) August 12, 2017
Kjellberg added that when he first revealed the controversial movies again in February, which included individuals holding up anti-Semitic indicators that he paid for via Fiverr, he mentioned he thought they had been simply jokes. The YouTuber mentioned he didn’t consider Nazis had been nonetheless energetic, however after watching the occasions of Charlottesville unfold, he realized that the hatred that accompanies racism and anti-Semitism remains to be very a lot alive.
“If for some causes Nazis suppose it’s nice that I’m making these jokes, I don’t wish to give them that profit,” Kjellberg mentioned. “So I’m going to cease doing it. Nazi memes, they’re not even that humorous anymore. It’s form of a useless meme. So simply to make it clear, no extra.
“It’s not me censoring myself, it’s extra like I don’t wish to be a part of this.”
That being mentioned, Kjellberg tweeted one other Nazi joke two days in the past, asking Nazis to cease dressing like him because it wasn’t serving to his case.
Cease wanting so equivalent to me
You are actually not serving to my case right here… pic.twitter.com/zqB6lqbGwy
— pewdiepie (@pewdiepie) August 15, 2017
Previous to Wednesday’s video, Kjellberg defended himself by calling out the media (together with Polygon) who reported on the developments. In a video entitled “My Response” that was published on Feb. 16, Kjellberg reiterated that it was only a joke, referring to himself as an novice comic. In that video, the YouTuber apologized for the phrases that he used, however defended the unique video in query.
“Lots of people liked the video and lots of people didn’t and it’s nearly like two generations of individuals arguing if that is okay or not,” Kjellberg mentioned. “My intention was simply to indicate how silly the web site is and the way far you possibly can push it by paying $5.
“I’m sorry for the phrases that I used, as I do know they offended individuals, and I admit the joke itself went too far.”
The controversy surrounding Kjellberg’s movies led to Disney’s Maker Studios cutting ties with the personality. YouTube additionally determined to cancel Kjellberg’s YouTube Purple sequence, Scare PewDiePie.
“We’ve determined to cancel the discharge of Scare PewDiePie season 2 and we’re eradicating the PewDiePie channel from Google Most popular,” a YouTube spokesperson mentioned in an announcement.
In keeping with YouTube’s guidelines, creators could make satirical movies and embody edgy jokes, however “Controversial or delicate topics and occasions, together with topics associated to struggle, political conflicts, pure disasters and tragedies, even when graphic imagery isn’t proven,” are strictly prohibited.