Vox journalist Aja Romano has come under fire for accusing YouTuber PewDiePie of peddling “anti-Semitic and white supremacist propaganda” through his channel.
If you’re not caught up, Pewds recently plugged a smaller channel which turned out to hold racist views, leading to a media slaughterhouse for the star.
He has since released a video in which he explains he was attempting to use his 77 million-strong bro army to help smaller channels into the spotlight, and was unaware of any racist connotations of one of the channels mentioned.
In another follow-up video, PDP criticised several media outlets for their coverage of the “scandal,” and Romano came under fire for her articles which dubbed Pewds as a white supremacist sympathiser and accused him of misusing his platform.
Unfortunately for Romano, tweets of hers have surfaced online, and they show she’s not exactly squeaky clean herself…
In a screenshot found on Reddit’s r/pewdiepiesubmissions page, Romano has apparently both tweeted the N-word and used an image of the Nazi salute in her earlier days of Twitter.
Sounds like a case of the pot calling the kettle black, or maybe a case of the pot calling the kettle a white supremacist…?
Now, it is important to note the Nazi GIF and quote come from Mel Brooks‘ The Producers, but without context for the tweet, it’s definitely controversial.
PewDiePie often gets attacked by journalists, other YouTubers and generally the whole populace. In the past he’s been seen using a racist term, making anti-Semitic jokes and then there was the whole Fiverr debacle. But really, is the humour anything different to the likes of TV shows including South Park?
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying South Park justifies serious and hurtful topics like racism, but I’m saying it avoids the associated scandals because people know what to expect. Don’t like it? Don’t watch it. So why does that courtesy not extend to YouTubers?
The only difference I see between some of Pewds’ content and the likes of South Park is that one has an age restriction. Maybe instead of YouTubers being responsible for censoring their own content, YouTube itself should do this.
Check out PDP’s video below.
What’s your opinion?