PewDiePie may be winning in the subscriber war against T-Series, but it’s still not a great week to be Pewds.
The world’s biggest YouTuber is never far from controversy, and it seems he’s under fire again – this time for “supporting a racist YouTube channel.”
In a recent video on his channel, Pewds said: “We also have [the channel] E;R, who does great video essays about—he did one on Death Note, which I really, really enjoyed.”
He included a link to the E;R channel in the video description, which has reportedly received a lot more views thanks to the plug.
Unfortunately, the channel in question apparently uses racist terms.
The video description for the plugged Death Note video reads: “The truth about why this took so long is because I thought it was so funny to call Black L ‘N*glet’ throughout all my recordings (obviously because it’s an ingenious pun on Lawliet [pronounced Law-let]).
“I eventually got it through my thick f*cking skull that YouTube’s looking for A N Y reason, so I redid all the audio to erase my speech crime, but then I got bored and put the project on pause. Now I’m going to finish it.”
The user has also tweeted and retweeted various anti-Semitic “jokes,” getting a bit of a reputation in the online community.
In standard Pewds style, he’s responded to the controversy with a video of his own. He admits he wasn’t aware of the “Nazi references,” and instead was simply commenting on the video essay posted by the user.
Check out the video below.
PewDiePie has been accused of anti-Semitism in the past, after using the website Fiverr to encourage people to announce racist comments including “death to all Jews.”
Imagine still thinking that pewdiepie is racist in 2018 lmfao pic.twitter.com/5IIOdq35MK
— Pouchabaka (@Pouchabaka) December 4, 2018
PDP fans are skeptical though, and for good reason. Pewds has made no secret of his liberalism, and recently encouraged massive donations to raise funds for Indian children’s charity, CRY.
Pewds and fans raised just shy of £180,000 – all because his racist fans were taking his battle with Indian YouTube channel T-Series too far – something PewDiePie was vehemently against.
What do you think?