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Overwatch caster responds to bizarre backlash over PewDiePie Tweet

Published: 27/Jan/2019 20:42 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 1:26

by Calum Patterson

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When Overwatch League caster Brennon ‘Bren’ Hook posted a seemingly innocent Tweet suggesting that his followers subscribe to PewDiePie, he likely didn’t expect the backlash he received from some users.

Swedish YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg is currently the most subscribed creator on the platform, but is locked in a battle with Indian production company T-Series, chasing him for the top spot.

Ongoing for months now, PewDiePie has maintained a slender lead, thanks largely to the help of other YouTubers, influencers and the internet at large.

As such, the phrase ‘subscribe to PewDiePie’ has become somewhat viral, with users posting it on YouTube comments, Twitch chats and of course, Twitter.

Bren decided to get in on the meme on January 25, simply posting ‘subscribe to PewDiePie please’ – but some of his followers were less than pleased with his endorsement.

Some even went as far as to suggest that Bren was “down with people who use racial slurs”.

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Another user suggested that Blizzard, who operate the Overwatch League, would request that Bren delete the post.

The backlash stems from a previous controversy in late 2017, when PewDiePie called an opponent in a game “a fucking n****r”, later apologizing by explaining it was in the “heat of the moment” and the worst word he could think of “slipped out.”

This is one of numerous issues which have caused PewDiePie to be such a polarizing figure, but Bren didn’t expect that his lighthearted post would be taken so seriously.

Esports journalist Richard Lewis was also bemused at the stance some fans took, although didn’t sound surprised that some had taken it so seriously as to think it represented Bren’s “personal politics”.

PewDiePie is indeed a ‘love him or hate him’ personality, but given the ongoing craze about keeping his sub count higher than T-Series, Bren’s Tweet was clearly posted in jest.

Many fans are supporting PewDiePie as a means of standing up against the perceived favorable treatment afforded to large corporations on YouTube, and the less than favorable treatment of the everyday creator, which PewDiePie is the poster boy for.

You can keep up with the battle for number one on YouTube between PewDiePie and T-Series here, with live subscriber counts.

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Charli D’Amelio invests in $50 million banking service for teens

Published: 2/Dec/2020 19:00

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio, has invested in her very first startup, and it’s a $50 million mobile banking service specifically aimed at teenagers.

In true D’Amelio fashion, Charli has decided to invest in her first company, Step, along with a slew of other celebrity investors.

What is Step?

Step is a mobile banking service directed toward teenagers aged 13-19, which announced this morning that it has raised over $50 million during its Series B funding stage.

Step has grown to over 500,000 users in two months after its official launch, and features a variety of elements seen in apps like Venmo and PayPal, allowing users to send money to friends via peer-to-peer technology.

 

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The service also offers its teen customer-base FDIC-insured bank accounts without any fees, easing their foray into the financial world. Step even gives users a Visa card that allows them to establish credit prior to turning 18.

Charli D’Amelio on her Step investment

As for Charli D’Amelio, she seems to be quite jazzed about the bank’s entire concept, having risen to prominence in the mobile world before turning 16 this year.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” D’Amelio stated.

 

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“I’m excited to be able to use my platform to help close this gap and have made a direct investment in Step to help them develop even more useful products.”

Charli isn’t the only big name putting some stock into Step; A-list celebs like Will Smith, the Chainsmokers, and Justin Timberlake are also investing in the bank, making for a truly star-studded affair for the emerging company.

Step is planning to partner with even more celebrities and influencers in the future, and hopes to help its teenaged customer-base with everything from student loans to building credit in the long-term.

Charli D'Amelio invests in Step mobile banking
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Step aims to help teenagers ease into the confusing financial world.

“Student loans are a big thing. Being able to extend credit to these folks. Being able to offer new products and services so they’re not paying these outrageous, predatory banking fees and high interest credit cards,” Step CEO MacDonald said of the service.

It looks like Charli is making big waves with this major investment, and all eyes are peeled to see if her 101 million TikTok followers will hop onto the Step trend, too.