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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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Dr Disrespect goes bald in bizarre Agent 47 cosplay for Hitman 3 stream

Published: 21/Jan/2021 0:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Streaming legend Dr Disrespect got into character for his playthrough of Hitman 3 by getting rid of his iconic mullet and going bald to cosplay as Agent 47.

Dr Disrespect is known to go the extra mile when trying out big new blockbuster video game releases. Notably, the two-time revamped his entire intro for the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 with some insane production quality.

While most of his character-specific streams have been limited to graphics such as reimagining himself as a Valorant skin prior to the game’s release, he decided to up the ante with a simple cosplay for Hitman.

During his January 20 stream of Hitman 3, the Two-Time Champion opted to cover his head in an attempt to appear bald, just like the game’s protagonist.

Bald Dr Disrespect
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Dr Disrespect got into character to play Hitman 3.

Unfortunately, Doc didn’t also opt for Agent 47’s signature suit with the red tie and kept his more traditional attire, sunglasses and all.

Amusingly, one could say that Doc and Agent 47 are polar opposites. While Dr Disrespect is a bombastic, larger-than-life personality, 47 is quite emotionless and calculating. You won’t see him flipping open an old phone after “getting a call” from shroud, TimTheTatMan, Ninja or another streamer.

As such, it makes for an interesting contrast with Doc cosplaying as a character whose only common theme is the desire to kill – in video games at least.

Speaking of the games, since the franchise was rebooted in 2016 as part of the World of Assassination trilogy, it has received critical acclaim. Enough so to make Doc even try his luck in the world of stealth.

That said, according to streaming Star, this was his first time ever playing a Hitman game despite seeing footage and gameplay of the other titles. Bravely, he decided to play on the game’s hardest difficulty, aiming for a zero death experience.

While the game may not exactly allow the Dr Disrespect to bring his signature violence, speed and momentum given its emphasis on stealth and infiltration, he seems to be enjoying it enough to see it through to its completion.