Polygon’s Ben Kuchera penned a piece on February 15th, 2017 titled “PewDiePie versus the media: Why he’s so mad to be losing the fight”. The article advocates a censurable stance against politically incorrect jokes, memes and content creation. This comes after Felix “PewdiePie” Kjellberg did a parody video poking fun at another YouTuber named Keemstar by having another set of YouTubers dance and joke while raising a sign saying “Death to the Jews”.
Kuchera criticizes PewDiewPie, real name Felix Kjellberg, for taking an active stance against the “politically correct police”.
Kuchera quotes one of PewDiePie’s recent videos where the content maker stated…
“I truly believe these articles slamming people like me for these topics, they’re doing more harm than good, they’re doing more harm than I’m doing by saying them. I think being the political correctness police is essentially just going to fuck us all over, and this year, 2017 I decided I’m taking a stance back, I’m going to be true to myself. I want to do the sense of humor that I enjoy, and this is the price for it, I’m fine with that.”
Kuchera ties all of this back to Nazism and white supremacy, citing links to the Daily Stormer and talking about how this is empowering hate groups, writing…
“Kjellberg is empowering and emboldening hate groups. Ignoring that fact is irresponsible for everyone from PewDiePie to YouTube itself, and especially the press covering online gaming culture.”
Kuchera ends the piece by attempting to use minatory language about what PewDiePie should do next, writing that this can be the beginning of a more positive story if the popular YouTuber just changes his ways, writing…
“This isn’t the end of the story, it can be the beginning of a much more positive chapter for the popular entertainer. Just as before, he has all the power necessary to do the right thing.”
Polygon’s own audience didn’t seem to be buying what Kuchera was selling.
User expcondrum was not amused with the misrepresentative tone taken by Polygon to paint PewDiePie as some sort of right-wing propagandist, writing in the comment section…
“It wasn’t more than one day before Polygon was willing to label Felix an Anti-Semite. Not looking into the bigger picture that corporations like YouTube (let’s not pretend they aren’t harboring far worse right-wing speakers).
“And defending a long ranting piece about media’s soft place in this that includes scare quotes that label him a right-wing agenda pusher (which he has never fucking ever in his life done) and that this shock humor is pushing the limits.
“There’s a problem in our country. PewDiePie is not it.”
Some users stated that it was just a joke and that it was being taken out of context. Others said that even joking about anti-semitism is still anti-semitism.
Others like Adrian Bliss simply called out Polygon, writing…
“polygon [embarrasses] itself again. His point was pro-pc, that that kind of content and messages can and has seeped into and throughout our modern entertainment and in using that iconography in an absurdest manner he was metaphorically taking a piss on it the complete opposite to what you believe of him and painted him. But you didn’t get any of that did you.”
Some users began exercising self-awareness and their own research, realizing that what some of the larger outlets like Polygon have been peddling doesn’t quite synch up with reality. Sumthin_gud writes…
“So after reading further into it and watching a video from h3h3, I don’t think this guy deserves the nastiness coming in his direction. Sure, he did something a bit tasteless, but that’s all it really was. He’s not an anti-semite. I think the best thing he can do at this point is to make a serious video against the white nationalists.”
One user, named Ofx360 literally called Ben Kuchera out for lying. A screen cap of the comment is below along with a link to a video from H3H3 Productions where they discuss the situation and explain how the media has been misrepresenting the entire thing to the general public.
While some of the comments attempt to defend Kuchera’s opinion piece, others just weren’t having it. They even called Polygon out on their Twitter profile page.
@Polygon if people are seriously butthurt about this they need to get over it, it’s Pewdiepie, he does dumb stuff all the time
— Magic Man 🌐 (@WWEMagicMan) February 15, 2017
@Polygon Your lack of knowledge on how youtube works from a business side of things and comedy is painfully obvious in this article.
— Chris Howard (@Pyrostasis) February 15, 2017
@Polygon you’re de-legitimizing yourselves when you wire these articles. If you want to be taken seriously do research, don’t be A SJW site
— plumbus (@braanmuff) February 15, 2017
@Polygon You can’t continually repeat “it’s not clickbait” everytime you make a dumb article about a youtuber
— TheOne&OnlyLegoAlex (@LegoAlex98) February 15, 2017
@Polygon but you can keep publishing political propaganda and call it gaming journalism?
— Outrunner (@outrunnerpt) February 15, 2017
There are literally dozens more tweets all lambasting Polygon for the hit-piece against PewDiePie, and Kechura’s their attempt to tie him to far-right Nazi white supremacist.
Times are definitely changing.
Audiences are no longer sitting back and drinking in the propaganda as if it represents truth. Loyalists are no longer standing by the side of pundits pushing misinformation, and opinion pieces trying to smear a YouTuber for a tasteless joke as some sort of right wing Nazi element has helped wake a lot of people up to the media’s SJW agenda.
And for those who forgot… here’s a little reminder of Ben Kuchera’s “Rape is funny” sense of humor, courtesy of the Ralph Retort.