Even if you’ve never seen his videos you would have heard about Felix Kjellberg better known as PewDiePie. He’s the biggest star on YouTube who boasts the most subscribers and billions of views on all of his videos combined. He’s in trouble with YouTube and Disney now over anti-Semitic jokes. Maker Studios, a division of Disney, has cut ties with him while YouTube has cancelled his show.
YouTube has reportedly cancelled the second season of Scare PewDiePie, a YouTube Red show which was about scaring the YouTube star in real life using elaborate methods inspired by video games. Those who wanted to watch his show had to pay $10 per month for YouTube Red.
The world’s largest online video platform has also removed him from “Google Preferred,” which is an advertising service for “brand-safe” content, he basically received preferential treatment for ad sales due to his massive audience.
Scare PewDiePie’s second season was going to be a collaboration between the executive producers of The Walking Dead and Disney’s Maker Studios. The studio has cut ties with him as well. The first season of his show continues to be available online but the videos that caused the nazi controversy have since been deleted.
For what it’s worth, Kjellberg insists that his nazi references were not in support of anti-Semitism. “I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online,” he wrote on Tumblr, adding that “I picked something that seemed absurd to me—That people on Fiverr would say anything for 5 dollars.”