Rolfe Winkler, Jack Nicas and Ben Fritz: How the Media Attacked Pewdiepie

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.

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Shayne Heffernan Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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