Dis­ney drops YouTube star over hate videos

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

WALT DIS­NEY is end­ing its af­fil­i­a­tion with the world’s high­est-paid YouTube star, PewDiePie, af­ter the 27-year-old up­loaded a se­ries of videos fea­tur­ing an­tisemitic com­ments and jokes.

PewDiePie — whose real name is Felix Kjell­berg — posted one video fea­tur­ing two men laugh­ing while hold­ing a sign that read, “Death to all Jews”, and an­other show­ing a man dressed as Je­sus say­ing, “Hitler did ab­so­lutely noth­ing wrong”.

Kjell­berg has over 53 mil­lion YouTube sub­scribers, and re­port­edly makes more than $14 mil­lion a year. He struck a deal with Dis­ney’s Maker Stu­dios in 2014, which gave him coown­er­ship of a multi-chan­nel net­work called Revelmode that pro­duces videos, mo­bile apps and mer­chan­dise.

“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,” a spokesper­son for Maker Stu­dios said in a state­ment.

In re­sponse, Kjell­berg wrote a blog post on Sun­day stat­ing that he was “try­ing to show how crazy the mod­ern world is… I am in no way sup­port­ing any kind of hate­ful at­ti­tudes”.

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