YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg faced heavy backlash for his comments on the conflict between Pakistan and India in a March 12 PewNews update, forcing the content creator to delete the segment from his video.
PewDiePie briefly touched on the Pulwama terror attack, which is having residual effects in the entertainment industry, as Indian music label T-Series has started pulling content from Pakistani artists.
PewDiePie admittedly didn’t know much about the the specifics revolving around the alleged terror attacks, but touched on the recent surge of Pakistani support he received since T-Series started removing Pakistani songs after being pressured by politicians.
“Basically what happened was that after the Pulwama terror attack, T-Series removed Pakistani singers’ songs,” PewDiePie said. “... India blamed Pakistans for the attack, but Pakistan condemned the attack and denied any connection to it… But the most important thing out of all of this, is that the Pakistanis are on our side. Pakistan is on our side, T-Series. You’ll regret making this enemy.”
The since deleted clip showed a small group of Pakistani musicians and youth rallying in the streets with signs saying “Unsubscribe T-Series.”
Edited out the last bit of pew news, I think its clear that I didnt mean anything in a bigger sense of what goes on between India and Pakistan. I was strictly speaking in the context of Tseries and artists getting screwed over, just want to make that clear here. ✌️— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) March 12, 2019
PewDiePie later clarified his stance on the issue, saying: “I think it's clear that I didn't mean anything in a bigger sense of what goes on between India and Pakistan. I was strictly speaking in the context of T-Series and artists getting screwed over, just want to make that clear here.”
Though the YouTuber took out the minute and a half segment regarding T-Series and Pakistan artists, there were negative sentiments among some of his fans.
Pewds you should stay away from any countries politics... you don't intentionally F*** up but you should be more careful while talking😅. You should have done more research boiii— Manthan Tupe (@manthantupemt) March 12, 2019
Are u retarded? Two countries on brink of war and you try to take sides by critising T series for banning artists. Those artists support pakistan go chk their twitter. Are we supposed to pay them for music? You lost 1 subscriber cause this was no joke— Tanuj Sood (@TanujSood3) March 12, 2019
This is too Sensitive topic pew. You didn't know about that whole story. Even T-series didn't ban them. it was Indian politicians gave pressure on them to ban those singers. You got a big fan base. you should be very careful about what topic you choose. Remove the whole last part— sree vignesh (@sreev100) March 12, 2019
It seems the video might have had some impact on his race against T-Series, since PewDiePie has increased his lead on the music label to around 20,000 subscribers at the time of writing.