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PewDiePie takes shots at YouTube over new harassment policy

Published: 13/Dec/2019 20:41 Updated: 14/Dec/2019 3:03

by Brent Koepp

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Felix ‘PewDiePie‘ Kjellberg took shots at YouTube’s new harassment policy, and explained why he vehemently hates the current climate for comedy.

YouTube rolled out a new harassment policy in December to curve toxic behavior such as bullying, however, the new guidelines received backlash from content creators and viewers who claim it goes too far.

PewDiePie weighed in on it during his December 13 episode of Last Week I Asked You – a series in which he reacts to fan submitted memes – and explained why he “f**king hates” the climate we are currently in.

Instagram: @pewdiepiePewDiePie is the largest individual YouTuber in the world with over 102 million subscribers.

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The popular star was reacting to memes about YouTube’s annual Rewind video when he took shots at the clip-hosting platform for its recent harassment policy changes.

“So you’re not allowed to make fun of people’s appearances anymore, but I’ll freakin’ do it anyway!” he joked. “Hey YouTube, you’re ugly! I don’t freakin’ care, what are you gonna do?!”

The 30-year-old then commented on his wildly popular diss track Congratulations being excluded from Rewind. “It should have been on the list. But we said some super hurtful things, so it’s understandable. It’s definitely harassment. Jesus Christ, what is happening to comedy?”

YouTube: PewDiePieThe Swedish star mocked YouTube’s new harassment policy by calling them out.

The YouTube king then exclaimed “mediocre” comedy will be the only thing allowed after the policy change. “It doesn’t get better does it. COPPA and edgy content slashed out in one month. Can’t wait for more mediocre humor on this platform.”

Continuing his rant, PewDiePie explained why he “hates” this climate. “Don’t go too far. That’s harassment. Because we can’t tell the difference if you are genuine or joking or not. I f**king hate this current climate. It’s so f**cking stupid!”

The Swede then warned that history will look back on this time and think everyone was “idiots,” even those speaking out against it, because they will be lumped in with the “f**king morons who are controlling what is happening.”

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Despite PewDiePie’s harsh criticisms, he was featured in 2019’s Rewind multiple times as the most watched YouTube channel on the platform, and having the second most liked video of the year.

The Swede is not alone in his negative views on the new policy, as #YouTubeIsOver was trending on Twitter after the Google owned platform announced the rule changes.

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Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

 

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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”