PewDiePie has always been known to post goofy and provocative videos on YouTube, but there are some videos that may have gone too far. According to The Wall Street Journal, Maker Studios, a division of Disney, cut their ties with PewDiePie over a video where he paid two men to hold up a sign that said “Death to all Jews.” Maker Studios acknowledges that PewDiePie is known for creating provocative material, but they believe that these latest videos stepped over the line.
“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.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that PewDiePie had posted nine videos that included anti-Semitic content since August. PewDiePie recently went on Tumblr to address the controversy, expressing his feelings towards the current situation.
“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.”
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Source: Wall Street Journal