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Entertainment • Dec 11, 2018

PewDiePie accused of Anti-Semitism after channel promotion goes wrong

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PewDiePie accused of Anti-Semitism after channel promotion goes wrong
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YouTube’s biggest creator is under scrutiny yet again, after promoting a series of smaller YouTube channels in an episode of ‘Pew News’ on December 9.

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While PewDiePie shouted out a slew of YouTubers in a segment following his usual ‘Pew News’ fare, one of these channels is being called out for promoting what has been deemed as ‘Anti-Semitic’ content.

The YouTuber in question, going by the handle ‘E;R,’ creates video essays over a variety of topics, including anime, big-budget films, and American cartoons.

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However, his content is likewise notable for containing problematic language and offensive humor - even entertaining what is called the ‘Jewish Question’ and joking about the murder of Heather Heyer, who was killed after a Neo-Nazi drove his vehicle into a crowd of protesters in 2017.

PewDiePie linked one of E;R’s videos in the description of his ‘Pew News’ episode, which led to an essay over Netflix’s live action adaptation of the popular ‘Death Note’ anime. The description of the essay contains racist language towards one of the actors in the film, who portrayed one of its characters, ‘L,’ as a person of color.

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According to Hasan Piker of The Young Turks, the first channel PewDiePie promoted rose from 14,000 subscribers to over 61,000 subs after his shoutout - leading to mass concern that the YouTube king is helping promote a noted Anti-Semitic Holocaust-denier, as well.

While PewDiePie has yet to address these allegations, E;R has since Tweeted out a video edit of Piker’s Twitch stream speaking out on the issue, joking that the “Steven Universe fandom” is responsible for the debacle.

UPDATE: PewDiePie has since responded to the debacle in a YouTube video uploaded on December 11, claiming that he wasn't aware of E;R's Nazi references and merely hoped to promote smaller channels in light of his battle with Bollywood label T-Series.

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