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PewDiePie responds to criticism following coronavirus controversy

Published: 23/Feb/2020 1:06 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:23

by Brent Koepp

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After making his triumphant return from his month-long break, YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg faced backlash for a joke he made about coronavirus. Now the Swede has responded by doubling down on the memes.

The popular entertainer made his return to YouTube on February 21, however his first video back faced criticism from the media over jokes he made about the coronavirus.

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The Swedish star doesn’t seem too bothered by it though, as he responded to the backlash during his February 22 Meme Review by reacting to more jokes about the real-world topic.

PewDiePie responds to criticism

The YouTuber started out by saying “Now I understand this is a bit controversial, you can’t really joke about stuff…” before flashing a disclaimer that read: “THE COMMENTS IN THIS VIDEO ARE PURELY SARCASM OR HYPERBOLE. DO NOT TAKE ME SERIOUSLY.”

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He continued by saying, “just because I laugh at something, doesn’t mean I think it’s funny. If anything it’s the opposite. I’m only reviewing this for the sake of historical context.” He then put on a breathing mask.

The Swede then doubled down with a joke comparing the virus to an anime girl. “It would be dishonest and disingenuous to not review the coronavirus. Or as I like to call it caronawaifus. Because she’s hot. I would f**k her. I’m not gonna lie.”

YouTube: PewDiePie
The popular YouTube faced criticism for his coronavirus joke on February 21.

Pewds reacted to an image that showed a pharmacy in Japan completely out of stock of medical supplies. “This is every single pharmacy in Tokyo right now. It’s wiped out. And you know why? Because I bought the whole goddamn Japan. I’m sorry!” he said, holding up his box of face masks.

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He then addressed criticism that jokes about the virus could be considered racist by linking to an article by Business Insider, which was about Chinese citizens using memes to cope. “Listen, if you think these are racist jokes, even Chinese people in Japan made these jokes.”

The YouTube star reiterated that it was a coping mechanism. “If Chinese people are joking about it, I can as well. It’s a coping mechanism!” he exclaimed.

(Timestamp 09:59 for mobile users.)

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Despite the jokes, PewDiePie told his viewers to stay safe and shared some tips on how to avoid getting sick. “All memes aside, stay safe. Wash your hands. Dispose of items that you cough in.”

Regardless of whether you agree with his stance or not, comedy has often been used culturally as a mechanism to deal with tough subjects. If nothing else, the Swede is staying true to the style of humor that many have come to love.

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Twitch streamer shocked after viewer sends him 126 lbs of cranberry sauce

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:02

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular Twitch streamer ‘TheStockGuy’ was left speechless after receiving 126 lbs of cranberry sauce in the mail from one of his viewers in a hilarious prank.

Twitch is one of the net’s most popular live streaming platforms, and rightfully so; the site is home to a slew of hilarious and shocking moments that happen in real-time, from everything to doors falling on unlucky streamers in the middle of video games to viewers rescuing streamers’ trapped cats.

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However, some of these on-stream occurrences are downright strange, and many streamers have received the odd occasional gift from their viewers, including that time when Pokimane received a body pillow with a photo of herself on it.

While streamers having a public P.O. Box to receive gifts from fans is not uncommon, very often the things they receive are; and Twitch streamer TheStockGuy became the subject of a seriously weird present of sorts.

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Twitch: Pokimane
Twitch star “Pokimane” has received a slew of strange gifts from fans – one of which was a body pillow with her own face on it.

During an October 6 broadcast, TheStockGuy — who has gained notoriety on the platform for educating his viewers about finances and the stock market — revealed he’d been sent 126 lbs of Ocean Spray brand cranberry sauce.

“What is wrong with you people?” the streamer asked, seeming genuinely baffled by the situation. “Somebody sent me 126 lbs of cranberry sauce! What — where am I supposed to put this? Isn’t there some charity or something this money could go to?”

Although the he appeared to be utterly flummoxed by the viewers’ decision, he decided to make the best of the unexpected prank, stating that he would donate the sauce to his local food bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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“I mean — you know what? Joke’s on you!” he continued. “I’m giving this to the local food shelter for thanksgiving, so they don’t have to purchase cranberry sauce! That’s right — we’re making something good out of this!”

It seems that TheStockGuy’s viewers found the scenario to be completely hilarious — and while it certainly is worth a hearty chuckle, it’s good to know that the broadcaster is putting his viewer’s practical joke to good use, in the end.

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