PewDiePie is known to be one of the most famous online gamers worldwide. Currently counting fifty-five million YouTube subscribers. PewDiePie, also known as Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, is a Swedish web-based comedian who has conquered the platform of media through his “Let’s plays and Vlogs”. Felix is loved by many of his fans worldwide. However, recent reports have incited controversy and even hate towards the once infamous YouTuber.
Earlier this year, a few reporters from Wall Street Journal came out with a new article claiming nine of PewDiePie’s top viewed videos as anti-semitic. For many of people who have no idea who PewDiePie is or about his content, the public may immediately read this article and assume the article is a hundred percent true. Wall Street Journal has high credit as well as a wide influence over the general public. Wall Street Journal stands amongst the biggest and most reliable news source with New York Times and Los Angeles Times. For such an international newspaper to attack the infamous PewDiePie has led to major public attention.
Many PewDiePie fans who were devastated about the reports went straight to PewDiePie’s response video. Here, Felix Kjellberg brings up an important statement about the credibility of newspaper sources. Although, PewDiePie has admitted his mistakes and anti-semitic content, he claimed that the videos were solely based on jokes. Additionally, PewDiePie continued to accuse Wall Street Journal of using his anti-semitic videos out of context. If one were to fully watch the video, they would blatantly realize that PewDiePie is showing no aggression or hate towards anyone.
The public attention this conflict attracted was worldwide. Many of the biggest stars on YouTube, friends of PewDiePie, had commented on both sides of the situation. Even J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and many other great novels, commented that PewDiePie was a Nazi and anti-semitic. Although, PewDiePie did receive a lot of hate and negativity, his response led many people to consider his point of view. The topic about the Wall Street Journal being “out-of-context” about PewDiePie has and will remain controversial to the public.