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Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (1989–), and known by his stage name PewDiePie, is a Swedish internet entertainer who generally makes gaming related video content for the online streaming service YouTube. He makes millions of dollars a year from his entertainment business, and is estimated to be worth $20 million (USD).
He is the most popular YouTuber ever, with more subscribers than anyone else on the platform. But in 2018 the Indians got internet, and unfortunately their favorite
YouTuber music library T-Series came very close to knocking him off the top spot.
This led to a massive Sub2Pewds campaign to keep him on top, inclusive of literally hacking thousands of TVs and printers to get subscribers. Although Pewdiepie himself later got fed up with the campaign and issued a statement saying "DON'T Subscribe to Pewdiepie".
Racism and Anti-Semitism
“”According to the Journal's analysis, over the last six months the YouTuber posted nine videos that include either antisemitic jokes or Nazi imagery, including one, posted on 11 January, that featured two men holding a banner that stated: 'Death to all Jews'. Another video, posted 22 January, featured a man dressed as Jesus saying, "Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong”".
|—Oliva Solon, of The Guardian.|
PewDiePie lost a lucrative joint venture with Disney after this controversy.
“”The 27-year-old video blogger called an opponent a 'fucking nigger' while live-streaming playing the online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, before correcting himself to 'fucking asshole', adding: 'I didn't mean it in a bad way.'”
|—Alex Hern, of The Guardian.|
Nothing really happened as a result of that one.
- What is T-Series, the YouTube channel that's about to surpass PewDiePie in subscribers? - Mashable. MATT BINDER, SEP 06, 2018
- PewDiePie in battle with T-Series to keep top YouTube spot - BBC. Zoe Kleinman, 3 December 2018.
- DON'T Subscribe to Pewdiepie - Youtube.
- Disney Severs Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts - WSJ. Rolfe Winkler, Jack Nicas and Ben Fritz, Feb. 14, 2017.
- PewDiePie must not be excused. Using the N-word is never OK - The Guardian. Chella Ramanan, Mon 11 Sep 2017.