YouTuber Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji hit back at PewDiePie’s comments on his forehead during a 'Try not to Laugh' challenge video on April 11, where the Swede compared KSI’s forehead to that of an apparent, exaggerated camera filter.
“KSI, looks like you have a rival, here!” PewDiePie said of the clip - prompting a savage response from the YouTuber in question.
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While KSI jokingly played sad music over his video in apparent distress, he went on to pull up the subscriber gap between PewDiePie and T-Series’ YouTube channels, set with an overlay of his own music.
That’s not all; KSI even went on to subscribe to T-Series in retaliation, adding yet another number to T-Series’ steadily growing subscriber count.
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KSI vs PewDiePie: a history
This wouldn’t be the first time KSI and PewDiePie have had beef, either; the YouTubers got into a heated internet feud in 2016, after KSI criticized Kjellberg for calling out channels like Drama Alert for allegedly harming the YouTube community.
PewDiePie later called both KSI and Logan Paul “scumbags” ahead of their 2018 boxing match, accusing them of holding their fight merely for monetary gain.
“He has no ground to talk at all,” KSI responded in an interview. “He is the person who ruined a lot of peoples’ lives on YouTube, with his comments and his whole anti-Semitic… I can’t even say the word.”
Despite their feud, PewDiePie went on to call for a truce, admitting that being “money-driven” wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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T-Series vs PewDiePie - is this the end?
KSI’s latest action shows that their beef isn’t completely in the past, though - but PewDiePie’s battle with T-Series might very well be, as the label sits at over 290,000 subscribers above the Swede as of April 18.
Although Kjellberg put up a nearly six-month-long fight against T-Series, things seemed to be over in late March, after the label surpassed him for over five days.
However, PewDiePie’s ‘Congratulations’ diss track skyrocketed his subscriber count - but it wasn’t to last, as T-Series overtook the YouTuber once again, and has yet to be challenged a second time.