Was PewDiePie really banned in China? - Dexerto

Was PewDiePie really banned in China?

Published: 26/Oct/2019 12:36 Updated: 26/Oct/2019 13:56

by Joe Craven


October 19 saw Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg proclaim he had been banned from China as a result of comments he made about the Chinese President. However, was that really the case, or was the Swede incorrect? 

On October 19, PewDiePie uploaded a video explaining that he’d been banned from China, even citing reasons for the ban he had incurred. He explained that he had vocalized his support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a position antithetical to that of the Chinese government.

Also, he compared the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to the famous children’s character Winnie the Pooh, an act that has been banned since 2017. However, it seems that the YouTube King was incorrect, and he was never actually wiped from existence in China.

The Chinese government has stirred controversy by allegedly censoring topics they find to be at odds with the ‘values’ and the narrative they want to promote. They recently made comedy show South Park ‘largely unavailable’ after the show was overtly critical of Xi Jinping’s premiership. 

However, despite PewDiePie himself proclaiming that he had been banned, it appears he never was. The BBC reports that searches for him on Chinese video sites like iQiyi and Tencent Video still returned thousands of results.  

While some of the Swede’s content has been made unavailable in China, the majority of his content remains accessible. 

WikimediaThe Chinese Government are very strict in depictions of Xi Jinping.

A number of ‘western’ social media sites – including YouTube – are banned in China, in favor of the Chinese government’s own alternatives. 

Despite the banning of some of PewDiePie’s content, there is apparently no suggestion that the Chinese government themselves are behind the partial removal. 

Upon searching for PewDiePie via Baidu – a Chinese internet provider/search engine – millions of results are still shown for Kjellberg himself. 

BBCResults for PewDiePie are still shown.

This differs massively from the ‘no content found’ messages users receive if they make a search for a figure who is the subject of a Chinese government blanket ban. 

It appears then that PewDiePie was mistaken, and he has not been, and never was, banned from China. 

While some of his content is undoubtedly filtered out due to China’s repressive censorship laws, the majority of the Swede’s content remains available to his Chinese fans. 


TikTokker explains how she managed to live in her car for over a year

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam


TikTok star Nikita Crump has managed to pull off the incredible feat of living in her car, a 2012 Honda Civic, for over one year. Now, she has explained how she was able to pull it off in a new YouTube video.

Crump’s journey began in a video first uploaded on November 3, 2019 where she explained how she officially told her landlord she would be moving out of her home and into her car.

According to Crump, this wasn’t some impromptu decision and she had been spending a few months actively thinking about it before taking the plunge.

TikTok star Nikita crump lives in car
Nikita has been living in her car for over a year.

Despite having a nice house with affordable rent and good roommates, she felt moving into her car was something she “had to do.”

Since then, she has successfully spent a whole year living in her car and marked the anniversary of her first night by explaining how she is able to stay cool or warm at night.

In the backseat of her car, the YouTuber keeps a pillow and too fuzzy blankets which she uses to cover herself up.

Along with her sweatpants and sweatshirt, she is able to stay warm even in the winter months. However, occasionally she has to put a jacket on if it’s ever especially cold outside.

“In Northern California, a lot of the warmer days are still cool nights, so I’m fortunate that most nights throughout the year are totally bearable, but there’s totally been the occasion where it is hot, I am sweating and I wear as minimal clothing as I can,” she explained.

Luckily, she also has a rechargeable fan which can help her get through the night if need be despite only staying charged for one day.

@nikitaraschellYeah, I’m homeless. I live in my civic, I shower at my gym, and I’m just your average gal. ##whatsinmybag ##hotelcivic ##homeless ##sponsorme♬ Aesthetic Girl – Yusei

In addition to just staying cool, the TikTok sensation also revealed she showers at the gym and keeps plenty of personal hygiene products inside her bag including shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant to name a few.

Now, Crump is hitting the road and embarking on a two-month-long trip around the United States where she’ll be documenting her experiences.

The entertainer’s decision to live in her car has paid dividends, as she currently has over one million followers on TikTok.