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PewDiePie explains why he avoids politics in YouTube videos

Published: 12/Oct/2019 11:43 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 9:56

by Calum Patterson

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Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has more than 100 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, no doubt spanning the political and cultural spectrum, but has explained that politics doesn’t play a big part in his content because he simply isn’t that interested.

Although he has been caught up in controversy, largely due to the size of his audience which means that almost anything he says in a video is under intense scrutiny, he has remained fairly impartial when it comes to political comments.

In an interview with the New York Times, Kjellberg has shared some insight as to why this is, explaining that there’s not a politician in the world that ‘excites him’.

PewDiePie ‘not interested’ in politics

“Are there any politicians who excite you?”, NYT’s Kevin Roose asked. “No” Pewds replied, “I couldn’t name one, no.”

As Roose observed, there was nothing but trouble to be gained from Kjellberg engaging in politics, and instead “insists he’s not interested at all“ – unless it makes for good comedy.

PewDiePie explained that he used to discuss US President, from an entertainment standpoint, because he “became a meme for a while”, but because it “stopped being funny” he moved on.

YouTube: PewDiePiePewDiePie with his diamon play button.

Of course, this apathy towards politics hasn’t prevented the Swede from being dragged into political debates, however unwillingly.

Most infamously, the New Zealand mosque shooter proclaimed ‘Subscribe to PewDiePie’ during his horrific livestream, which prompted Kjellberg to end the ‘Sub 2 PewDiePie’ movement prematurely.

He described this as a major turning point in his life, and Roose said he looked “genuinely pained” when asked about it again. He also said that he had toyed with the idea of deleting his channel, but never as a serious consideration.

He also voiced that he disagrees with Brexit during a livestream, amid revealing that he was leaving the UK to live in Japan.

YouTube: PewDiePiePew News was one of the YouTuber’s most popular series.

The YouTuber also recently discontinued his incredibly popular ‘Pew News’ series, where he would discuss a handful of trending stories from that week on the internet.

Part of his reasoning for this, was to avoid his own involvement in these dramas, stating that none of it really mattered at all anyway, in the grand scheme of things.

His transition into much safer, but no less entertaining content, with his focus on Minecraft and gaming videos, has been fruitful for his channel’s growth too, pushing him over the 100 million subs mark.

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Forsen banned on Twitch for third time in 2020

Published: 26/Nov/2020 11:15

by Alice Hearing

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Twitch streamer Forsen has been hit with a ban on the platform. The reasons why are unclear as it stands and nothing has been confirmed, but fans are speculating he’s another victim of DMCA regulations. 

Forsen is one of the website’s most popular streamers, with over 1.3 million followers. He has been broadcasting for almost a decade on the platform, too.

On November 26, it was confirmed that there would be another ban on his channel – and it’s not certain how long it will last for.

Speculation has already begun, with one Twitter user claiming Forsen has fallen victim to Twitch’s DMCA regulations, adding, “DMCA apparently, stream sniper played copyrighted music … The state of Twitch.”

In 2020, Several streamers have been banned for old VODs that feature any form of licensed music. The issue has affected big-name streamers including JakeNBake, LIRIK, and Pokimane to name a few. Despite Twitch apologizing and claiming to take action, the controversy still looms heavily on Twitch streamers.

This isn’t his first time facing a suspension from the platform. Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors was banned from Twitch for the second time on September 10, following his previous ban in May.

He wasn’t given a detailed explanation behind his account ban, but once unbanned, Forsen revealed more information. During his September 12 stream, Forsen explained he believes he was suspended for using a homophobic slur, but says it was ‘misheard’ because of his Swedish accent.

Dexerto will continue to update this story.