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- YouTuber Felix Kjellberg AKA PewDiePie lashed out at critics who condemned him for recommending a YouTube channel that posts anti-Semitic and misogynistic content.
- Kjellberg said he just liked the channel for its videos about anime.
- Regardless, he removed his recommendation from his previous video and said he’d be more careful in the future.
- Kjellberg himself has a history of anti-Semitic comments.
Felix Kjellberg – the enormously popular YouTuber known as PewDiePie – hit back at his critics on Tuesday after he was widely condemned for posting a video that told viewers to subscribe to an anti-Semitic YouTube channel.
Kjellberg said he wasn’t familiar with the channel, which slips anti-Semitic and misogynistic commentary into videos about anime and movies.
“This is all you have?” Kjellberg said. “Anyone with the level-headed brain can tell that I don’t know this guy. [It’s] a shame campaign to smear my name.”
Kjellberg is YouTube’s biggest celebrity, known for making videos about gaming. He has 76 million subscribers, more than anyone else on the site, and is one of its top earners.
In his video published Sunday, Kjellberg said his followers should subscribe to E;R (also known as “EsemicolonR”). E;R posts videos where he discusses anime and “Star Wars” movies alongside mocking political commentary.
E;R’s videos often include anti-Semitic, sexist, and homophobic language, according to The Verge, and has been called “neo-Nazi propaganda” by critics. E;R has used footage of Heather Heyer’s death at Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally to joke about death in anime shows. The account’s subscribers jumped by more than 10,000 after Kjellberg suggested it to his followers. Kjellberg himself has made numerous remarks over his career that have been viewed as racist, anti-Semitic, and nationalist.
But in his new video, PewDiePie said he regretted promoting E;R, and said he wouldn’t have done it if he was more familiar with the user’s videos. He edited the previous video to remove the recommendation.
“I removed E;R from that video,” he said. “If I knew then what I knew now, I wouldn’t have put him in there… I’ll be more careful in the future.”
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