YouTube content creator Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg – commanding an impressive subscriber army of 57 million people – issued an apology video recently for the language he used during a live-stream of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, where he verbally berated another player for what some consider to be inappropriate language. The media, however, is still attacking the YouTube content creator, even with an apology now widely available for public perusal.
You can view the apology video below.
For the hearing impaired, PewDiePie states…
“It was something I said in the heat of the moment, I said the worst word I could possibly think of, and it just sort of slipped out. And I’m not going to make any excuses as to why it did, [because] there are no excuses for it.
“I’m disappointed in myself – because it seems like I’ve learned nothing from all these past controversies. And it’s not that I think I can say or do whatever I want and get away with it [because] that’s not it at all. I’m just an idiot.”
Before PewDiePie could even apologize, some developers like the ones at Campo Santo threatened to DMCA his videos featuring their game Firewatch, and they even encouraged other developers to follow. Instead, gamers bombarded their Steam forum and berated the developers for attempting to utilize what some deemed an illegal action in order to score Social Justice points. Conveniently enough, those who pointed out that what Campo Santo was doing was illegal were banned for their efforts.
The apology was quickly picked up by multiple online outlets, including Motherboard, who still censured PewDiePie for his language, writing…
“Unfortunately, it seems that so far Kjellberg can keep messing up like this. He is still the most popular YouTuber in the world, he’s more popular than ever, and he presumably still makes millions of dollar a year, despite repeatedly being been criticized for hate speech.
“Kjellberg can still become a better role model for his millions of followers. I never want to believe that someone can’t better themselves. I hope that he does. But he doesn’t deserve a pass.”
Shacknews dismissed the apology in preparation for another catastrophic media frenzy that seems inevitable at this point, stating that PewDiePie is still toxic and fosters and community of toxic individuals, the likes of which could affect said audience if even eighty percent of an eighth of PewDiePie’s subscribers read the passage…
“It’s not really up to us to determine whether or not PewDiePie will learn from this particular event. His toxic behavior has welcomed some toxic characters into his community and only by a consistent stream of actions will he be able to bounce back. Or, he could stay content and just get ready for the next apology.”
The Washington Post attempts to feign the role of a musician playing it straight down the middle, but this position is belied by the fact that there are morsels of politically slanted jabs sprinkled throughout the piece, like a vindictive barber making numerous small but bloody incisions on the neck of his lover’s boyfriend while claiming that he’s just doing hist job. Some of these jobs are unloaded at the expense of PewDiePie, especially for his stance against the biased and inflammatory nature of mainstream and enthusiast media (a stance that most normal people share).
The Washington Post goes on to round out the piece by turning it into a Left versus Right issues, as is standard with most of today’s mainstream media outlets, writing…
“It is true that Kjellberg has his vocal defenders after this latest incident, including some of the same right-wing personalities who helped marshal more widespread support among YouTubers in the wake of the Nazi joke controversy. […]
“The question is: How many chances does he have left to prove that he’s not the Nazi-joking, racial-slur-uttering gamer his own content has helped make him out to be?”
The Wall Street Journal’s hit-piece against PewDiePie was the catalyst for the original ad-pocalypse on YouTube, which resulted in a lot of people having their videos demonetized. Google has since ramped up their efforts with a new Limited State policy AI that has been going around not only censoring and hiding a bunch of wrongthink videos but also adding content creators to what many are calling a demonetization blacklist.
With Pewdiepie’s most recent slip of the tongue, and the media’s insistence on attempting to get the YouTube star de-platformed, some worry that yet another wave of demonetization could be inbound, all thanks to the media hysterics involving something as simple as the perception of linguistics.