PewDiePie talked about his trip to Kamakura’s bamboo forest in an episode of LWIAY on April 6, where he threw some not-so-subtle shade toward Paul for his infamous debacle in Japan’s Aokigahara ‘Suicide Forest’ in early 2018.
“It didn’t hit me when I went there until afterwards,” he said of his Kamakura venture. “...surprisingly, we made it out. No controversies. Controversy averted. Thank you very much, Logan Paul, for taking one for the team.”
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It is worth noting that PewDiePie didn’t visit the same forest as Logan Paul; Kjellberg instead visited Kamakura’s Hōkoku-ji temple, also known as the ‘Bamboo Temple,’ due to the luscious bamboo garden that extends throughout the area.
The thumbnail and title of PewDiePie’s video even appear to allude to Paul’s 2018 incident, although Kjellberg admitted that he hadn’t realized the similarities between the two at the time.
This wouldn’t be the first time PewDiePie has taken shots at Logan Paul, either; the YouTube king appeared to diss Paul’s response to his battle against T-Series in December 2018, after Paul required he wear a Maverick hoodie in return for his help.
PewDiePie admitted that he hadn’t given Paul his home address for the merchandise, and even compared the sub gap between his channel and that of T-Series during the time of Paul’s efforts to those of Markiplier, who saved him with a last-minute livestream on December 3.
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However, PewDiePie has likewise shown sympathy to Paul in the past, appearing to take up for the YouTuber after claiming he would “go gay” for the month of March as part of his New Year’s resolution.
“...I don’t know, man,” PewDiePie said of the debacle. “‘Male Only March.’ Was that it? It’s such a stupid joke. Is that really worth getting that upset about?”
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Since then, PewDiePie has reached a record-breaking 93 million subscribers on YouTube, after seemingly being defeated by T-Series in late March.
Upon releasing his ‘Congratulations’ diss track against the Bollywood label, PewDiePie’s subscriber count skyrocketed, now sitting at over 400,000 above T-Series as of April 6.