It’s no secret that popular YouTuber Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson is an avid supporter of YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg – but MrBeast’s latest initiative to help PewDiePie requires a major sacrifice on his part.
MrBeast uploaded a video in January with the title, “Make This Video The Most Liked Video On Youtube,” aiming to have the upload break records on the platform – but not enough to surpass PewDiePie’s own YouTube Rewind 2018 video, which was the most liked non-music video on the site at the time.
However, MrBeast’s fanbase has since taken his request overboard, with his video now sitting at the top of the non-music video list at over 8.13 million likes.
MrBeast called out this development in a Tweet on May 17, asking his fans to dislike the video in order to drop beneath PewDiePie’s “YouTube Rewind 2018 but it’s actually good.”
“Go switch your like on my video to a dislike so PewDiePie can reclaim the title of the most liked non-music video,” MrBeast wrote. “I SPECIFICALLY SAID I WANTED TO BE #2 IN THE VIDEO.”
While his video still reigns as the most liked non-music video as of the publication of this piece, it wasn’t always so; PewDiePie’s YouTube Rewind video quickly climbed to the top of the charts in late December of 2018, after YouTube’s own Rewind video was met with mass backlash.
In fact, the official YouTube Rewind 2018 video is one of the most disliked videos in YouTube’s history, surpassing Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ to take the number one spot with over 16.14 million dislikes, after fans felt that some of the platform’s biggest moments weren’t featured in the yearly recap.
Despite PewDiePie having the second most liked video on YouTube, his YouTube Rewind rendition isn’t even his most viewed upload on his channel – in fact, his “Bitch Lasagna” diss track against Bollywood label T-Series takes that spot, sitting at over 193 million views as of May 17.
While PewDiePie has yet to respond to MrBeast’s call for dislikes, he still remains YouTube’s most subscribed independent creator, with over 95 million subs in light of his now-defunct battle with T-Series.