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PewDiePie Apologises For Anti-Semitic 'Jokes' & Slams Media "Attack"

Stacy Diaz | 17 February, 2017, 01:29

Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, commonly known as PewDiePie, has broken his video silence regarding the Wall Street Journal article that resulted in Disney cutting ties with the YouTube star this week, claiming the piece written on his anti-Semitic "jokes" was another attack on him by the media.

The vlogger, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, apologized for the videos, one of which detailed a stunt in which he paid two Indian men to hold up a sign that said, "Death to All Jews". "I love to push boundaries but I consider myself a 'rookie comedian'". But it's always been a growing and learning experience for me. And I admit the joke itself went too far.

"Old school media does not like Internet personalities because they're scared of us", the Swede says in his video, inviting Wall Street Journal to try again because he's still there, making videos. "We have so much influence and such a large voice - and I don't think they understand it".

At the end of the day, Kjellberg still has more than 53,000,000 subscribers and will continue to make a solid profit, even if his content will no longer be appearing in YouTube's Preferred section.

As to White nationalists supporting his videos, Kjellberg said that he does "not support these hateful groups in any way". They don't "get" him, and now they are taking him out of context as a "personal attack". At the beginning of the week, it was reported that both YouTube Red and Disney's Maker Studios cut ties with the popular YouTuber over what was deemed an "inappropriate" video.

"This whole thing", Kjellberg says, "was an attack towards me".

Perhaps that's the entire point - Pewdiepie isn't supposed to be mature; he's made his fortune pratting around in front of a camera for a pubescent audience that get a kick out of hearing him scream and make random noises while playing video games.

"I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary", he said.

PewDiePie spoke out against the vicious allegations in a video which shows him apparently choking back tears whilst thanking his supporters. Saying something racist or otherwise offensive and then responding to outrage by, essentially, accusing the opponent of not getting the joke, is a core part of the Internet that has helped to make PewDiePie a success.

In a Tumblr post, Kjellberg responded to the backlash admitting that his jokes were "ultimately offensive" but insisted that his videos were meant to show "how insane the modern world is".

PewDiePie added: "Is there any hate in what I do? Nice try, Wall Street Journal", he said, middle finger extended.