Felix Kjellberg, most commonly known as the Youtuber, Pewdiepie, has released an even pitched, sober response to the lambasting he received in the media over the past week. In it he airs his side of the story and highlights some of the scare mongering and click-baiting that traditional media sources employed in their attack on him and his content.
Kjellberg is far and beyond the most popular Youtube star that has ever existed. With more than 53 million subscribers, his online influence is undeniable and that means talking about him does garner a lot of attention. Our own story on this fall out was one of our most popular in recent weeks. It's for that reason that Kjellberg believes he was targeted by several news outlets, rather than the supposed fascist content his videos were said to contain.
He claims that the media performed an attempted character assassination of him and that mainstream publications have consistently misrepresented him over the years, choosing to ignore his personal story in favour of highlighting his monetary success more than anything. This focus on specific video content most recently, is just more of the same he says.
“I do believe that you can joke about anything,” Kjellberg said, though admitted that there are better ways to make certain jokes than others. Describing himself as a “rookie” when it comes to comedy, Youtube's biggest star went on to make a point about continuing to learn where the boundaries are and how far they can be pushed or bent by what he says.
He explains how he knows that what he says has consequences, and can understand why Disney and Maker reacted the way they did, but continues to defend his right to say what he wants in the videos he produces, edits and stars in himself. This is a sentiment that a number of popular Youtuber's have rallied around him for, citing the importance of freedom of expression on platforms like Youtube.
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KitGuru Says: I'm not a big fan of Kjellberg's content. I don't find his style fun to watch, but the jokes he's made were clearly made in an attempt at humour. While his claims of a media conspiracy against him might be debatable, it seems clear that the idea of him being a fascist or a supporter of neo-nazi ideals is ridiculous. If you don't like his style of humour don't watch, but there is far more corrupting nonsense on Youtube than his Let's Plays and screamy VLogs.