Disney severs ties with YouTube's biggest star PewDiePie on revelation of his anti-semitic videos

Arguably YouTube’s biggest star, PewDiePie has been booted from Disney’s Maker Studio following following revelations that he had posted anti-semitic videos in the past.

Arguably YouTube’s biggest star, PewDiePie has been booted from Disney’s Maker Studio following revelations that he had posted anti-semitic videos in the past.

Felix Kjellberg’s channel, PewDiePie holds the record for having the largest number of subscribers on YouTube. With 53 million subscribers, PewDiePie’s subscriber count is almost double that of third-place Justin Bieber (with 27 million subscribers).

The controversy started up when PewDiePie posted a video on YouTube showing two men laughing and shaking a “death to all jews” sign above their heads. The video, claims PewDiePie, was meant to simply show “how crazy the modern world is”. Specifically, he was referring to a service called ‘Fiverr’ where you can pay $5 (around Rs 330) and get anything done by anyone who wants the fiver.

You can decide for yourself whether that ‘joke’ was satirical or anti-semitic, but the end result was that news media picked up the video. Some older videos were also found to be in poor taste. Following this, Disney announced that it was severing ties with the YouTuber, reports The Wall Street Journal.

“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,” said a spokeswoman for Disney’s Maker Studios, reports The Next Web.

The YouTuber had partnered with Disney last year when his channel crossed the 10 billion views mark. The partnership was meant to help PewDiePie generate content for his own video network called Revelmode.

As The Next Web points out, the fallout shouldn’t harm PewDiePie too much since he already makes over $14 million a year from ad-revenue alone. He’s 27-years old.

The offending videos have since been pulled down.

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