Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Disney cut ties with highest paid YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitism videos

The world's highest paid YouTube star PewDiePie have been dropped by Disney over allegations of anti-Semitism.

This decision was arrived at after several videos he  has been publishing for the past few months were found to contain Nazi references or anti-Semitic imagery.
'PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, agreed that the content he published were offensive, but said he did not support "any kind of hateful attitudes".
The Swede is reported to have made $15m through YouTube in 2016. He has been associated with Disney via Maker Studios, a company with a network of YouTube stars, drawing several billions of views per month - generating vast income from advertising.
"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," Maker Studios said.
In one of the controversial videos, Mr Kjellberg paid two Indians through a crowd-sourcing website to hold up a sign which read "Death to all Jews".
In a response to the criticism, he said he was "trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online" and that people "would say anything for five dollars". 
He said it was "laughable" to suggest he endorsed that message but added that "though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive".
In other videos he also showed swastikas drawn by a fan, played the Nazi Party anthem and did a brief Hitler salute - all of which he says was done as a joke.
Last, year, PewDiePie was temporarily suspended from Twitter  after making jokes about the so-called Islamic State', according to BBC reports.