Disney drops Youtuber PewDiePie over allegations of anti-Semitism
Disney have decided to end their partnership with YouTube star PewDiePie after he was accused of posting anti-Semitic content on his channel.
Felix Kiellberg rose to fame on YouTube as PewDiePie, originally making comedy gaming videos. Now one of the biggest content creators in the game, Felix now has over 53 subscribers and even teamed up with Disney’s Maker Studios in 2014 to produce mobile apps and merchandise.
However, Disney have now parted ways with the Swedish star following controversial content posted in January. According to The Wall Street Journal, PewDiePie uploaded a number of offensive videos last month, one of which included two Indians holding up a sign reading: “Death to all Jews”.
Maker Studios 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.
“Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward.”
Felix later shared a Tumblr blog post to “clear some things up”.
He wrote: “I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online.
“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.”