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YouTube Star Offers an Apology of Sorts Over Anti-Semitic Material

Feb 16, 2017  •  Post A Comment

After blowing a deal with Disney that was reportedly worth millions, YouTube’s most popular video producer, Felix Kjellberg — who goes by PewDiePie online — posted a video today addressing the controversy.

Most of the 11-minute clip offers Kjellberg’s own perspective on the situation, including some harsh words for old-school media in general and for The Wall Street Journal in particular, after The Journal took the lead on exposing what it saw as anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi messages in PewDiePie’s videos.

Kjellberg presents the case that old-school media fails to understand the world of new media, and is essentially afraid of that world. He argues that the material he has been slammed for was essentially a joke and was misinterpreted and taken out of context.

However, he does offer this comment: “I’m sorry for the words that I used, as I know they offended people, and I admit that the joke itself went too far.”

Kjellberg also released a statement on Tumblr in an effort to make it clear that he does not support hate-based groups.

Here’s his clip addressing the controversy, posted today on YouTube …

2 Comments

  1. I know nothing about you Felix but you are getting the exact same treatment from the media as President Trump – so I am inclined to believe you! Since we, the Not Democrat, working, voting public have witnessed a bias, dishonest and partisan media – you win by default. Don’t screw it up with finger gestures and foul language – that is what people do when they are not confident in what they are saying.

  2. New media or old media, there are still certain standards of respect that expected. Pew is properly named for his inability to understand that.

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