PewDiePie Dropped By Disney After Nazi Jokes
PewDiePie, one of the biggest YouTube content creators in the game today, has just been dropped by one of the biggest companies on the market.
Maker Studios, a division of the Walt Disney company, took on a deal with PewDiePie star, Felix Kjellberg back in 2014, where they co-owned a multi-network channel called Revelmode.
The channel produced videos, apps for mobile devices, and merchandise. The success of the deal helped add to the combined $14 million Kjellberg made in 2016.
Disney has dropped the Youtube star after several videos were posted with Kjellberg making several anti-semitic jokes and showing Nazi imagery.
One of the videos even showed Kjellberg paying two Indian men from an account created on Fiverr to hold a sign that read: “Death To All Jews”.
Fiverr has since banned the account and the creators have published an apology, stating that they did not know what the message Kjellberg had made them show meant.
Kjellberg has been known for posting controversial content, but Maker Studios has come out to say that he has gone too far. A spokesperson for Maker Studios published a statement and said:
“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.”
Many have now gone back and found that this is not the first instance of Kjellberg posting offensive content.
In a previous video, Kjellberg dressed up as a Nazi soldier and posted a video of him excitedly watching videos of Hitler after several people came out and claimed he was a white supremacist. He also posted a video featuring a man dressed as Jesus Christ who held a sign that read, “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong”.
Kjellberg has since posted on his blog about the offensive content, stating that, “I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online.” (In reference to the Fiverr video).
Kjellberg when on to state that he in no way supports, “any kind of hateful attitudes.”
It is tough to say how this will affect Kjellberg’s channel, as he will now either have to find another partner to produce his videos, or will have to produce them himself.