Dis­ney fires PewDiePie over his anti-Semitic post

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - Entertainment -

Dis­ney’s Maker Stu­dios has cut ties with YouTube star PewDiePie, aka Fe­lix Kjell­berg, af­ter he al­legedly re­leased a se­ries of an­tiSemitic posts to his 53 mil­lion sub­scribers. The 27-year-old in­ter­net star, whose YouTube an­tics se­cured him mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar deals with the video-shar­ing web­site and Dis­ney, posted a video that in­cluded two men laugh­ing as they held a ban­ner that read Death to all Jews, ac­cord­ing to The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. Kjell­berg made a to­tal of nine other clips that made anti-Semitic com­ments or used Nazi im­agery. “Although Fe­lix has cre­ated a fol­low­ing by be­ing provoca­tive and ir­rev­er­ent, he clearly went too far in this case and the re­sult­ing videos are in­ap­pro­pri­ate. Maker Stu­dios has made the de­ci­sion to end our af­fil­i­a­tion with him go­ing for­ward,” a Maker spokes­woman said. How­ever, Kjell­berg took to Tum­blr to de­fend his com­ments. “I was try­ing to show how crazy the mod­ern world is, specif­i­cally some of the ser­vices avail­able on­line. I think it’s im­por­tant to say some­thing and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way sup­port­ing any kind of hate­ful at­ti­tudes,” he wrote.


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