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PewDiePie Caught Up In Anti-Semitic Controversy In Latest Video

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PewDiePie Caught Up In Anti-Semitic Controversy In Latest Video

Pewdiepie has found a different way to stay in the online spotlight here in 2017 following his 'I'm gonna delete my account' debacle last year.

In a new upload, the YouTuber, real name Felix Kjellberg, talks about his new-found love for website Fiverr, on which you can pay people to do loadsa weird stuff for $5 (£4).

One feature has two young men fighting over a scroll only for one to seize and unfold it, revealing a message of your choice.

This could be a birthday wish or a 'subscribe to my channel'. Kjellberg contributed to a video which unveiled the message 'Death to all Jews'.

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Image credit: Pewdiepie / YouTube

Service providers for Fiverr are typically from less-affluent countries, where English isn't the first language, thus creating problems like the above.

A 'shocked' Kjellberg sits in his chair, hand-on-mouth, as he sees the men dancing around and laughing, holding the antisemitic sign in the air.

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Image credit: Pewdiepie / YouTube

"I don't feel good," he says. "I don't feel too proud of this, I'm not going to lie. I'm not anti-Semitic or whatever it's called. It was a funny meme, and I didn't think it would work... I swear, I love jews. I love them.

Kjellberg's Fiverr account has since been banned/removed, according to a tweet.

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The entire ins and outs of the video and 'prank' remain sketchy, given that all vloggers stage their entire lives, but if all is as it seems, and these two men are now probably out of a job due to Pewdiepie, it's a pretty shit state of affairs.

Last year, Pewdiepie hit headlines after he announced he was going to delete his channel as soon as it hit 50 million subscribers in protest to the apparent changes made to the video sharing website.

"I honestly thought YouTube was about what content people want to watch but it seems like it's becoming less and less of that, it's not about who you want to watch it's about who's going to yell the loudest," he said at the time.

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"If YouTube is focusing away from creator-based content and less personality-based, well then don't be surprised if personalities start leaving YouTube."

Kjellberg in 2015. Image: PA

He revealed that YouTube got in touch with him around the time. A spokesman for YouTube later told the Independent: "Some creators have expressed concerns around a drop in their subscriber numbers.

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"We've done an extensive review and found there have been no decreases in creators' subscriber numbers beyond what normally happens when viewers either unsubscribe from a creator's channel or when YouTube removes spammed subscribers. We do the latter to ensure that all creator subscriber numbers are accurate."

When push came to shove, Kjellberg - who earned £12 million in 2016 - eventually deleted an old account instead, lapping up all the baited media reaction in a video on his main channel.

Featured image credit: Pewdiepie / YouTube

Topics: pewdiepie

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