Most people have heard by now that PewDiePie has been dropped from Maker Studios, a Disney-owned brand that is partnered with multiple YouTube channels. The popular personality paid commerce website Fiverr to hold up a sign that read “death to all jews” for the purpose of testing how far the platform would go to fulfill a request. YouTube Red show also dropped the show Scare PewDiePie due to the situation. Now that the news has been floating around for a few days, PewDiePie decided to upload a new video apologizing for the jokes he made, as well as criticizing websites like The Wall Street Journal for falsely claiming that he was anti-Semitic.
“I want to address the biggest issue first, which I think is the whole guys holding up the sign thing. A lot of people loved the video and a lot of people didn’t and it’s almost like two generations of people arguing if this is okay or not. My intention was just to show how stupid the website is and how far you can push it by paying $5. I’m sorry for the words that I used, as I know they offended people, and I admit the joke itself went too far.
“I do strongly believe that you can joke about anything, but I also believe there’s a right way and not the best way to joke about things,” he argued. “I love to push boundaries but I consider myself a ‘rookie comedian.'” — PewDiePie
After apologizing for the video, he then went on to talk about The Wall Street Journal’s article about him, which pointed to nine other videos that supposedly painted the YouTuber as anti-Semitic. He criticized the media outlet for taking clips of his videos out of context to make a good headline:
“I don’t want people to think I can joke about whatever I want. ‘It doesn’t affect me; I’m PewDiePie.’ I understand these things have consequences. This video isn’t me trying to justify that. Here’s the thing, though: they don’t call it ‘jokes,’ they call it ‘posts.’ I made a point that the media takes what I say out of context. They take that, and put it out of context to use against me and portray me as a Nazi. They used another video, where I joke that the YouTube Heroes program is seen basically like a Nazi scheme, where I look at a Hitler speech, and they used that as proof that I’m a Nazi.” — PewDiePie
He goes on to give other examples of videos that were used out of context to put a much more negative spin on the situation. Toward the end of the video, PewDiePie asks the media to cover more serious issues in the world, rather than trying to portray him as a bad person and “celebrating” that his show, which hundreds of people worked on, got cancelled. You can view the video in its entirety above.
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