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PewDiePie angered by petition to ban him from YouTube for white supremacist content

Published: 7/Apr/2019 18:23 Updated: 7/Apr/2019 18:28

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg might be the biggest creator on the platform, but one petition is seeking to ban him from the site – and he’s not pleased with the movement.

Kjellberg spoke out on the petition in a ‘Pew News’ segment on April 7, where he decried the article’s “defamatory” claims and noted that several of its allegations were completely baseless.

“It’s so blatantly misrepresenting and misinforming people,” PewDiePie said of the petition. “A lot of these points are just flat-out lies, as well. …it’s surprising how Change.org is even letting this be up, because there’s nothing to back up any of the claims.”

The YouTuber went on to note that the petitioner had claimed that, even if he were to “clean up his act,” his comment section would still be a “cesspool of white supremacist activities” – an argument that PewDiePie called “meek,” “weasely,” and “tiring.”

“If you have a problem with my comments section, feel free to criticize my comments section, but don’t use the listing of all these things as some sort of shield for your point,” he continued.

Change.org , Maria RuizA Change.org petition asking to ban PewDiePie from YouTube has gained over 76,000 signatures as of April 7 – but critics are asking that the petition be removed from the website.

Hitting back at Wil Wheaton

Of course, signers of the Change.org petition aren’t the only group firing shots at PewDiePie; actor Wil Wheaton likewise published a scathing post about the YouTuber via Facebook, where he called Kjellberg a “racist, piece of shit bigot.”

“This is such a strawman argument,” PewDiePie said of Wil’s post. “…this implies that all my content is just filled with racial jokes and slurs.”

Wil Wheaton, Facebook / PewDiePie, YouTubeActor Wil Wheaton spoke out against PewDiePie in a scathing Facebook post, later deleting the post due to “vile, racist, and hateful” comments.

Kjellberg’s charity work

Although Kjellberg felt that doing so was “self-gratifying,” he went on to recount the number of charity drives he’s held in the past as a means of self-defense, noting that and his fanbase had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to multiple charities.

“No, doing charity work does no absolve your shortcomings – that’s not what anyone is saying,” PewDiePie explained. “….constantly having all these negative things listed without acknowledging any of the positives is gonna paint a bad picture of anyone.”

Despite these attacks, PewDiePie continues to see success on YouTube, reaching a record-breaking 93 million subscribers ahead of Bollywood label T-Series after releasing his ‘Congratulations’ diss track in late March.

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TikToker Danielle Cohn denies using slur after backlash over video clip

Published: 6/Jan/2021 20:15

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular influencer Danielle Cohn is facing outrage after a video clip of hers went viral, in which many critics felt she stopped herself short of saying a slur.

Danielle Cohn is a relatively well-known influencer all around, boasting over 1.8 million subscribers on YouTube and a jaw-dropping 18.5 million followers on TikTok.

Despite her peppy attitude, the young star has been wrapped in controversy throughout her career, and her latest scandal sparked due to an unfortunate slip-up in a group Q&A video.

On January 5, Cohn gathered with a number of friends on a couch to “ask guys JUICY questions that girls are afraid to ask,” as indicated by the video’s title.

However, it wasn’t the “juicy questions” that have critics shaking their heads; instead, it’s an apparent slur she seemed to say that has incited outrage online.

“It makes him look weak!” Cohn shouted. “It looks ***,” she began, before clapping her hands over her mouth after appearing to realize what she was going to say.

“Cut that out!” she appeared to ask her editor. “It is dumb!”

The video quickly went viral across social media, with viewers speaking out against the influencer for seeming to use a slur. Cohn has since explained her side of the story, arguing that she had meant to say someone’s name, instead.

“I meant to say someone’s name with an r, and then I figured I shouldn’t,” Cohn wrote in an Instagram comment. “I don’t wanna bring him up, so I said cut that out, but my editor didn’t cut it out.”

Needless to say, it doesn’t seem like critics are buying her explanation, with many noting the context of her sentence and the similarity of the “name” she’d meant to say with the supposed slur in question.

“She legit says ‘but its ***,’” one user said of the situation. “What a name.”

“I heard ‘re-’ now who she know name is like that?” another wrote. “Stop the cap.”

Commenters call out Danielle Cohn
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Commenters were quick to call out Cohn for supposedly saying a slur during a video clip.

Regardless, Cohn has yet to speak further on the situation in wake of the backlash that has mounted against her after the video has taken over TikTok tea pages.