The world's most popular YouTuber, Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg, whose channel has over 76 million subscribers, has found himself in a spot of bother. Again.
New controversy sparked in the wake of a recent upload, titled "Pew News". It was towards the end of the video when the trouble started, after he shared a handful of other channels that he's currently enjoying.
As The Verge reported, he gave a shout out to a channel named E;R (known as EsemicolonR), where the content often features anti-Semitic, sexist, homophobic, or cruel language.
"You also have E;R, who does great video essays," Pewds explained. "He did one on Death Note, which I really, really enjoyed."
PewDiePie has now apologised for his comment, stating that he was unaware of wider sentiments in E;R's videos. But the Death Note upload itself shows footage from the 2017 white supremacist-led "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, at which a car drove through the crowd, leaving many injured and one protester, Heather Heyer, dead. It's an incident E;R highlights, using Netflix's Death Note series in reference.
And it's because of this sloppy oversight that many fellow YouTubers are calling out Felix. Hasan Piker, host on The Young Turks' channel, said: "Yesterday PewDiePie ended #Subscribetopewdiepie in a video where he promoted some of his favourite channels.
"One of them was straight up a neo-nazi's YouTube page where he makes video essays on children's cartoons with added nazi propaganda."
Following uproar from a Wall Street Journal report, which picked apart a number of Kjellberg's videos, finding images of swastikas, Nazi salutes, and shots of Hitler throughout, this is the last thing the popular YouTuber needs. Especially when he promised to distance himself from this kind of material, and when there's a current effort to keep his channel the most subscribed in the world.
In 2017, he landed in hot water after uploading footage of two men holding a sign saying "Death to All Jews," which he paid them to do using the app Fiverr. Kjellberg said, "I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online."
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