Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

PewDiePie YouTube Show Canceled for Anti-Semitic Stunt

Disney has cut ties with YouTube Star Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, after he posted anti-Semitic videos to his channel.

"We've chose to cancel the release of (reality series) Scare PewDiePie Season 2 and we're removing the PewDiePie channel from Google Preferred", a Youtube spokesperson said in a statement released Tuesday.

YouTube has severed ties with influential Swedish YouTube star PewDiePie a month after he uploaded his first among his many videos deemed as anti-Semitic.

The studio said in a statement, "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".

Kjellberg took to Tumblr to clarify the videos with the two men holding the "Death to all Jews" sign, writing that the clips were made "to show how insane the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online."He added that he is in "no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes" and that he makes videos for his audience". The YouTube star can still post videos on his channel and generate income from the advertisement shown on his videos.

PewDiePie has YouTube's most subscribed channel with 53 million subscribers and has garnered more views than anyone on the platform with his main YouTube page alone.

Fiverr, the Tel Aviv-based company through which Kjellberg used to enlist men to do the performances, has reportedly suspended his account, alongside the people Kjellberg paid. Not only that, the video sharing portal is also canceling a reality show that the YouTuber was supposed to feature in.

It was in 2014 that Kjellberg became a part of Disney after the media giant's acquisition of Maker Studios, a business that represents YouTube artists. "ORCRP006761-topic.html" class="local_link" >Google Preferred advertising program, which aggregates the most engaging and "brand safe" content from YouTube for advertisers to buy time on.

In other videos, Kjellberg donned a Nazi-style cap, showed images of swastikas and pretended to try to resurrect Adolf Hitler.

"These creators are often successful because they're making something that's not down the middle, that is controversial, that generates clicks", she said. YouTube and Disney's Maker Studios decided that this was a step too far, and chose to terminate the working relationship.

Most of the videos that sparked this controversy however, are no longer available on his channel.

This article was originally published at 9:35 a.m.

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