Rolfe Winkler, Jack Nicas and Ben Fritz: How the Media Attacked Pewdiepie
The Disney-owned Maker Studios (NYSE:DIS) and YouTube (NASDAQ:GOOGL) have pulled away from PewDiePie based on an attack by Rolfe Winkler, Jack Nicas and Ben Fritz of the Wall Street Journal that in effect called Pewdiepie Anti-Semitic.
PewDiePie claims the Wall Street Journal personally attacked him in an article they published, causing Disney to drop him over alleged anti-semitism. The YouTube star criticized the publication, saying he expected such tactics from The Sun.
In a video titled ‘My Response’ published on his YouTube channel Thursday, PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, apologized for a video he uploaded in which he paid two men to hold up a sign reading ‘Death to All Jews,’ saying the joke went too far. The vlogger said it was an error on his side credited to him being a “rookie comedian” who makes mistakes.
Pewdiepie Responds Accurately
It came to my attention yesterday that some have been pointing to my videos and saying that I am giving credibility to the anti-Semitic movement, and my fans are part of it as well for watching. I don’t want to cite the sources because I don’t want to give them any more attention.
This originated from a video I made a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online. I picked something that seemed absurd to me—That people on Fiverr would say anything for 5 dollars.
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.