Update: This story was updated on February 14 to include the fact that YouTube has cancelled Kjellberg’s YouTube Red series and removed Kjellberg from its Google Preferred program.
Disney has severed ties with Pewdiepie, the world’s highest-paid YouTube star, after he posted several anti-Semitic videos.
Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) has posted nine videos featuring anti-Semitic comments or Nazi imagery, the Wall Street Journal reports. These include a video of men paid by Kjellberg to hold up a sign reading “Death to All Jews” (Kjellberg later referred to this as a joke gone too far) and another with a man dressed as Jesus who says, “Hitler did nothing wrong.” Multiple videos feature swastikas, while another includes photos of Hitler, with Kjellberg wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap. The Nazism has expanded to audio: In a January 14 video he played the Nazi Party anthem, and in a February 5 video he features a “Sieg Heil” voiceover.
PewDiePie has taken down three of the nine videos in question. Google, the parent of YouTube, had previously pulled ads from the videos in question, though YouTube did not take down any videos from the site despite the platform’s rule that bans any video that “promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin (or) religion.”
“We’ve decided to cancel the release of Scare PewDiePie Season 2 and we’re removing the PewDiePie channel from Google Preferred,” a YouTube spokesperson told Forbes, referencing Kjellberg’s YouTube Red series and the program that feeds the platform’s top content to brands.
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