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PewDiePie lashes out against outrage culture and white power “symbols”

Published: 8/Nov/2019 0:17 Updated: 8/Nov/2019 2:36

by Virginia Glaze


Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg rules as the undisputed king of YouTube, boasting over 102 million subscribers. However, internet fame comes with a price, as the Swede has learned throughout his career as an online entertainer.

Unlike his usual “Meme Review” and Minecraft videos, PewDiePie’s latest video – uploaded on November 7 – began as a sort of documentary, explaining the rise of certain “white supremacist” symbols that spawned online.

However, gestures like the “okay sign” and memes like “Pepe the Frog” have been merely twisted by 4Chan trolls and the like to get a rise out of the general public, which PewDiePie decried and urged his viewers to avoid acknowledging.

Public Domain PicturesWhile originally a mere game, the “okay” symbol became construed as a symbol for white supremacy.

“Even if the okay symbol used to mean ‘okay,’ these things change,” he argued. “The validity of its changed meaning is pointed towards white supremacists now actually using it – but of course they’re going to use it. Unlike other hate symbols, this was given to them. Stop making it so easy for these people.”

The YouTuber went on to discuss outrage “culture,” claiming that backlash against fake dog whistles – which are then picked up and used by racist groups – is rewarded through social media engagement.

“There is a clear culture around getting upset,” he continued. “It’s false virtue rewarded with likes. We’re basically training ourselves to act like this. …by acting angry and upset at these things, you’re giving validity to the symbol.”

Kjellberg concluded his discussion on the topic by claiming that “by accusing people who aren’t white supremacists of being white supremacists, you’re helping white supremacists,” and asked his viewers to stop “getting upset” at and to stop spamming the ‘okay’ symbol.

Matt FurieMemes like “Pepe the Frog” were claimed to be white supremacist symbols by online trolls.

Some might see this video as a response to PewDiePie’s past controversies, whatever the Swede’s intentions for speaking out on this subject originally were – but given recent events, it does seem timely.

During his years on YouTube, PewDiePie has been accused of being a white supremacist, with his latest scandal cropping up after he wore what critics claimed to be an “iron cross” during a September 12 video.

PewDiePie, YouTubePewDiePie was accused of wearing an “iron cross” in a September video, prompting a subsequent explanation from the YouTube star.

While Kjellberg explained that the design was, instead, a Georgian Bolnisi Cross, the star continues to suffer from allegations of using racist “dog whistles” – a recurring theme that ties into his latest expose on the topic.


PewDiePie hits out at company over KSI Meme Review copyright claim

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:25

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg was stunned after a company copyright claimed his Meme Review with JJ ‘KSI’ Olatunji. The Swede lost all the revenue for the upload due to their awful performance of “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. 

On November 22, PewDiePie teamed up with fellow YouTube star KSI for an epic Meme Review. The duo tackled everything from British culture to Olatunji’s boxing match with Logan Paul.

Kjellberg later revealed on Instagram that the popular video had been copyright claimed by a company. The personality called the move “bulls**t” after the corporation took all the revenue over their Titanic joke.

Screenshot of YouTubers PewDiePie and KSI playing instruments.
YouTube: PewDiePie
The YouTubers’ awful performance of My Heart Will Go On got the video claimed for copyright.

PewDiePie & KSI’s Meme Review copyright claimed

PewDiePie’s Meme Review with KSI was a major hit on the platform, pulling in over 7.3 million views in just a few days. Fans of both YouTube creators were treated to a hilarious collaboration. However, the duo’s “attempt” to perform My Heart Will Go On on a flute and alpine horn caused the video to get claimed.

Kjellberg revealed the issue on his Instagram story on November 25. “So I got a claim on my KSI video. At the end, we played My Heart Will Go On,” he said, before playing a clip of their awful performance to demonstrate how absurd the claim was. “It’s too similar!” he joked.

It turns out the YouTuber had appealed the claim, but was denied. “So I appealed it, because its bulls**t why, and they rejected it! This is actually infringing on copyright according to this company!” he exclaimed, before breaking into laughter.

The 31-year-old explained that the company was now going to get 100% of the money made off the popular upload. “So all the revenue now goes to this company for the entire video. Like, what? Yeah, I just thought it was bulls**t, I don’t even know.”

The whole scenario is made all the more ridiculous when you consider that the Titanic joke was only a few seconds in a 26 minute upload. The fact that the company now gets to own the entire video is a good example how YouTube’s content ID system can sometimes be flawed.