Citing a number of controversies including his use of racist slurs and anti-semitic “jokes”, and other gross behaviour, the petition on Change.org claims that Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg’s YouYube channel is “one of the largest platforms for white supremacist content” on the service, and should be removed. At publish time, 77,766 people have signed the petition.
“PewDiePie has on many occasions proven once and again to promote and affiliate himself with white supremacist and Nazi ideologies,” petition creator Maria Ruiz explains. “Worst of all his channel is very much aimed toward children in their formative years.”
The petition was launched two weeks back in response to the New Zealand mosque shootings, during which the accused gunman Brenton Tarrant told viewers on his Facebook livestream to “subscribe to PewDiePie” before murdering 49 muslims. Kjellberg has since denounced Tarrant, telling Twitter that “I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person”, with his fans and other agents of the internet’s anti-liberal-space-lizard-censorship police making the inevitable excuses about b-b-b-but-memes and whatever because I guess dismissing mass murder as “IRL trolling” is more convenient than asking if, maybe, it’s more complicated than that.
Kjellberg has now also denounced the petition, describing it in this video as “blatantly misrepresenting and misinforming people”, and (again) missing the opportunity to think critically about his content, and why he keeps getting into trouble for the same shit.