PewDiePie is one of YouTube’s single biggest stars, but he’s having a very rough week. Following revelations that PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg) posted videos with anti-semetic themes, YouTube has cancelled Scare PewDiePie, a premium original series that viewers could subscribe to at $10/month.
Season one of Scare PewDiePie is already in the books, so it’s season two that has been cancelled. On top of that, YouTube parent company Google is removing Kjellberg from their “Google Preferred” advertising service. Kjellberg’s massively popular YouTube channel will remain up and running, and he will still be able to make money off of ads on that.
Most of this fallout stems from Kjellberg’s bizarre choice to hire people on Fiverr to record themselves saying and displaying phrases like “Hitler did nothing wrong” and “death to all Jews.” Kjellberg said the videos were intended to “show how crazy the modern world is.” Kjellberg has also referenced Nazis in his videos in the past.
All of this somehow escaped mainstream attention for about a month after the posting of the Fiverr videos, but things are moving quickly now. Kjellberg has lost a deal with Disney-owned Maker Studios as well as the aforementioned deal with YouTube.
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