Yeah, you read the title right. The mainstream media has succeeded in painting a negative portrait of the Youtuber, Felix Kjellberg, who we all know as Pewdiepie. The clip of this teacher’s rant about Pewdiepie is ridiculous to say the least. All I can say after seeing this is that DO NOT smoke whatever that guy’s on.
Here’s the video itself:
“Every time you promote him, you’re promoting ignorance, racism, and genocide,” the teacher said about PewDiePie.
In a world where the KKK, actual Neo-Nazis and misogynists exist, Pewdiepie is the REAL problem?
Although I’m misplacing my blame here. Sure, he has very little idea of what he’s talking about. But there’s a reason he has such an outrageous point of view on the Swedish Youtuber.
Not too long ago, Felix Kjellberg came under a lot of heat from the Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal covered the first of many controversies surrounding Pewdiepie.
A video Mr. Kjellberg had uploaded surrounding Fiverr. Fiverr for those of you that don’t know, was a freelancing website. One that involved the exchange of money for a simple task, such as designing a company logo. Initially, it was just for the logos of business models, but then they expanded to cover any task.
I won’t ramble on with it but basically, Felix wanted to prove a point as to how anyone will do anything on Fiverr for money. He paid a duo to hold up a sign that said “Death to all Jews” to make a point, that Fiverr is pretty crazy and can be exploited. All these media outlets, being the fear mongering controversy mixers they are, took the entire joke out of context. Write bait articles and of course, probably make a lot of money from it.
They emphasized on Felix being anti-Semitic and a Nazi. What did they base this accusation on? A few satirical jokes and a skit where he wore Hitler’s uniform.
In this day and age, if you even JOKE about Nazis, you basically are one, according to most of the mainstream media that covered this story.
If it wasn’t bad enough that the entire story painted a negative image of him to people unfamiliar with his content, it led to the cancellation of his Youtube Red series. As well as several forms of advertisement pullouts and demonetization.
It was basically slander and misrepresentation that cost him a lot of work. But because the media did it, they also got away with it.
The situation got worse and worse with studios like Firewatch shunning him and even J.K Rowling calling him out. Which was again, blatantly slander, and can destroy his career. The slander trend just continues with this teacher in the video.
Felix is far from perfect, as he himself has stated. His N-word slip-up during a PUBG stream was actually something that needed to be regulated and punished. Of course, it didn’t mean he was a racist (since he wasn’t) but he made an “oopsie,” as he puts it. He also took down the stream and apologized for it. Everyone’s had a slip of the tongue when playing games.
At the same time, Pewdiepie has done a lot for charity. In fact, he has raised millions of dollars for various charities across the globe.
Felix’s “sins” and acts that got him in trouble are pretty standard in the general shitposting community. But because of his spotlight and fame, the media has painted the Swedish gaming Youtuber, a white supremacist, neo-nazi, racist, and sexist. Such nonsensical slander campaigns are the reason why readers are losing trust in news publications.
All the negative backlash that Felix Kjellberg did receive from the slander and controversy was from outside Youtube. And majority of the community on YouTube and his own fans stood by him.
It’s because their only perception of the entire scenario was from the eyes of these media outlets like the Wall Street Journal. Who took the video and joke entirely out of context.