Disney-Owned Maker Studios Drops PewDiePie Over Anti-Semitic Videos

The video site has also chose to remove his YouTube channel from its Google Preferred program, which allows advertisers to show advertisement before the videos.

In his alleged anti-Semitic posts, PewDiePie - whose real name is Felix Kjellberg - paid several people to hold up signs that read "death to all Jews".

Despite earlier reports that the content had been removed from PewDiePie's YouTube channel, at time of writing the video is still online and has been viewed almost 10 million times. It isn't the only way to advertise on the service, but YouTube highlights it on a special page as a way of accessing "the top 5 per cent of content on YouTube" and feature "alongside some of the most engaging and brandsafe content" on the site. The first season, however, is still available on YouTube Red.

Disney came to the decision after finding that videos released by PewDiePie over the past few months contained references to Nazis and anti-Semitic images.

Fiverr, the Tel Aviv-based company through which Kjellberg used to enlist men to do the performances, has reportedly suspended his account, alongside the people Kjellberg paid.

"Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case, and the resulting videos are inappropriate", according to a statement from Maker Studios. The YouTube star can still post videos on his channel and generate income from the advertisement shown on his videos. His channel is now the most popular on the video site and his videos usually get millions of views.

After a Wall Street Journal report cited nine of the Swedish gamer's videos that featured "anti-Semitic jokes or Nazi imagery", his partner network Maker Studios (which is owned by Disney) opted to drop him.

YouTube has pulled from its advertising platform after.

Though PewDiePie has yet to respond publicly to the latest news, he wrote in a Tumblr post this past weekend that he "was trying to show how insane the modern world is" and that he is in "no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes".

"I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary", Kjellberg insisted. "What a new generation of creators need to understand is that making content for audiences can be a business, but appealing to them shouldn't happen at all costs". Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.

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