Disney cuts ties with PewDiePie over anti-Semitic jokes
Maker Studios (subsidiary of Disney) has broken off all relationship with the webstar, because of some anti-Semitic jokes recited in one of his latest video. For this, the company has decided to take action, putting Felix on the gate.
Maker Studios has never intervened in the content published by PewDiePie, but this time the YouTuber went further, as stated by a spokesman for the company: “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.”
As reported by Kotaku, PewDiePie would have wished “Death To All Jews” in at least eight videos posted on his channel. Google has intervened in the matter by explaining that “If content is intended to be provocative or satirical, it may remain online, if the uploader’s intent is to incite violence or hatred it will be removed.”
The question, however, is complicated as a portal of neo-Nazi said they “completely support PewDiePie”, a declaration that has prompted the YouTubers to finally clarify the 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.”
PewDiePie then apologized to all those involved, in any case it is a serious incident that could have further repercussions on the careers of YouTubers.