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PewDiePie takes shots at Logan Paul after visiting forest in Japan

Published: 6/Apr/2019 21:36 Updated: 6/Apr/2019 21:43

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg traveled to Japan on holiday in late March, prompting a hilarious jab toward controversial YouTuber Logan Paul in the process.

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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Same country, different forest

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.

PewDiePie’s previous disses toward Logan Paul

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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Speaking out on Paul’s “going gay” controversy

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.

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Charli D’Amelio invests in $50 million banking service for teens

Published: 2/Dec/2020 19:00

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio, has invested in her very first startup, and it’s a $50 million mobile banking service specifically aimed at teenagers.

In true D’Amelio fashion, Charli has decided to invest in her first company, Step, along with a slew of other celebrity investors.

What is Step?

Step is a mobile banking service directed toward teenagers aged 13-19, which announced this morning that it has raised over $50 million during its Series B funding stage.

Step has grown to over 500,000 users in two months after its official launch, and features a variety of elements seen in apps like Venmo and PayPal, allowing users to send money to friends via peer-to-peer technology.

 

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The service also offers its teen customer-base FDIC-insured bank accounts without any fees, easing their foray into the financial world. Step even gives users a Visa card that allows them to establish credit prior to turning 18.

Charli D’Amelio on her Step investment

As for Charli D’Amelio, she seems to be quite jazzed about the bank’s entire concept, having risen to prominence in the mobile world before turning 16 this year.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” D’Amelio stated.

 

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“I’m excited to be able to use my platform to help close this gap and have made a direct investment in Step to help them develop even more useful products.”

Charli isn’t the only big name putting some stock into Step; A-list celebs like Will Smith, the Chainsmokers, and Justin Timberlake are also investing in the bank, making for a truly star-studded affair for the emerging company.

Step is planning to partner with even more celebrities and influencers in the future, and hopes to help its teenaged customer-base with everything from student loans to building credit in the long-term.

Charli D'Amelio invests in Step mobile banking
Step.com, Press Kit
Step aims to help teenagers ease into the confusing financial world.

“Student loans are a big thing. Being able to extend credit to these folks. Being able to offer new products and services so they’re not paying these outrageous, predatory banking fees and high interest credit cards,” Step CEO MacDonald said of the service.

It looks like Charli is making big waves with this major investment, and all eyes are peeled to see if her 101 million TikTok followers will hop onto the Step trend, too.