PewDiePie Calls for “Death To All Jews”
Felix Kjellberg, a 27 year old YouTube star known by his username, Pewdiepie uploaded a video where he pays kids from Sri Lanka to hold up a sign with the message “Death to all jews.”
Disney, Google Cuts Ties with YouTube Star Accused of Antisemitism
A star YouTuber has been fired by Google and Disney after being accused of using anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi imagery.With over 53 million subscribers, Felix Kjellberg, or “PewDiePie” is one of the most popular filmmakers on YouTube.
The Swede has been exposed after the Wall Street Journal reported that he has posted nine videos since August that include objectionable material. One video shows two men holding a sign that reads, “Death to All Jews.”
YouTube said Tuesday that it has canceled the second season of Kjellberg’s show, called Scare PewDiePie, which had been commissioned for its YouTube Red subscription service.
A spokeswoman declined to say how much Kjellberg would have earned for the season, but major stars can earn fees comparable to those of TV show creators.
YouTube has also removed the PewDiePie channel from its “Google Preferred” service, which includes the network’s most watched and shared videos.
Maker Studios, a division at Disney which produces YouTube content, confirmed that it has also severed ties with Kjellberg.
“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 company said in a statement.
The YouTube star paid two Sri Lankan men to hold a sign reading “Death to all Jews.” Following the men’s parade with the sign, Kjellberg continued to laugh. Kjelberg denied the accusations leveled against him as being “antisemitic” claiming it was an exaggeration of the media.
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