The current king of YouTube, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, has called out the platform for releasing controversial social media personality Logan Paul’s long-shelved YouTube Red movie, The Thinning: New World Order.
He noted that Paul’s movie had been placed on hold ten days after the release of his infamously offensive vlog, where he filmed a deceased person in Japan’s Aokigahara ‘suicide forest' - while Felix's own show had been canceled just after news broke of his anti-semitic comments in a prank video.
“It’s kind of amazing how a billion dollar company can be so inept at leadership,” he stated of the situation’s disparity. “If you want to be taken seriously, you need to apply the same rules for everyone.”
Felix also called out YouTube’s statement regarding the movie’s release, which claimed that the company had decided to publish the film ‘out of fairness to the fans who have been asking for the sequel.’
“Thank you, YouTube, for your fairness,” he said sarcastically.
However, he expressed a sympathy for Logan Paul’s situation, claiming that he hadn’t wanted his movie to be cancelled despite the controversy surrounding his vlog.
“Punish Logan for what he did, punish me for my mistakes, but to punish everyone involved in these projects… they’re so massive, it doesn’t make sense,” he said. “It just isn’t fair to everyone else involved.”
He also noted that the difference in treatment between the two YouTubers could stem from PewDiePie’s name being directly attached to his show, Scare PewDiePie.
PewDiePie stated that he believes in the YouTube Red program despite this controversy, and feels that the project has 'a lot of potential.'