By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint
Pewdiepie, one of YouTube’s biggest vlogger has announced that he will take a break from YouTube to recoup. The YouTuber is one of the highest earners and the most followed account on YouTube. His follower count has been adjusted to at least 100 million subscribers. According to CNN, he has been in controversies regarding allegations of anti-Semitism and racism for the content of some of his videos. He has been mentioned and admired by a lot of far-right elements. He has denied any wrongdoing and has called himself an opponent of both racism and anti-Semitism.
Pewdiepie whose real name is Felix Kjellberg has been blacklisted by Disney in 2017 for paying two men to hold a sign that read “Death to all Jews” in a video. Subsequently, YouTube which is owned by Google, decided to cancel his show “Scare Pewdiepie” although, his account has never been removed. Later in the year, he had to apologize for using the n-word in one of his contents. The terrorist who killed 51 people in the Christchurch mosque referred the meme “Subscribe to PewDiePie” during a livestream of the shootings, Pewdiepie condemned that act.
Kjellberg canceled a $50,000 donation to the Anti-Defamation League, whose mission is to prevent anti-Semitic propaganda. He said he wanted instead to support a charity he was “actually passionate to donate to.” He lost his rank as YouTube’s most subscribed-to star in May, coming up short in a tedious battle with Indian music label T-Series. It was closely followed by fans of both channels. According to business insider, the vlogger recently deleted his Twitter account, criticizing the media’s coverage of his announcements of a break on YouTube. The video he posted criticizing the coverage is called ‘I hate Twitter’. Soon after the video’s release, he deleted his account. As a matter of fact, he has taken a break from the site twice before to avoid burnout.
In his own words, “People just can’t seem to help themselves from pointing out what is good and what is bad, or others are bad and you are good, to the point where it almost becomes fiction just to satisfy this need.” His account on Twitter is still accessible at the handle “@pewdiepie,” but all of his tweets are gone. In the new Twitter bio, he says he is leaving it up to prevent fake accounts.
In his announcement video, Felix said he would be taking a break in 2020 and that he would provide more information later. He wanted his fans to have a “heads up.” Noting the stress was starting to impact people around him, including his wife Marzia, whom he married in mid-August of 2019. One of the information he gave out was his aggravation over the recent policy changes. Noting a video that was removed because the image showed a gun being pointed at a picture of streamer h3h3. “No one thinks he’s going to shoot h3h3 just because he holds up a gun. No one is fearing for his safety … Why is there no distinction between intent and actual action?” Stay tuned for more details being given on his announcements.