YouTube Star PewDiePie Dropped by Disney Following Anti-Semitic Posts

"Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive," Felix Kjellberg writes

Disney ended their professional relationship with massively popular YouTube star PewDiePie after he posted anti-Semitic videos.
YouTube Star PewDiePie Dropped by Disney Following Anti-Semitic Posts

UPDATE: YouTube has canceled PewDiePie's reality show and "pulled his channel from its premium advertising program," per Variety.

Felix Kjellberg has amassed a massive following on YouTube as PewDiePie, accumulating 53 million subscribers and more than 14 billion total views to date. But Maker Studios, a subsidiary of Disney, cut ties with the Internet star on Monday after learning that he had posted videos containing anti-Semitic content, The New York Times reports.

"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," a Maker Studios spokeswoman said in a statement. "Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward."

PewDiePie's anti-Semitic clips were initially reported by The Wall Street Journal. On January 11th, Kjellberg posted a video containing two men holding up a sign that read, "Death to all Jews." A clip from January 22nd included a character dressed as Jesus who said, "Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong." In total, The Wall Street Journal found nine videos containing similar content. PewDiePie eventually took down three of the clips, which had already been viewed more than 20 million times.

Kjellberg addressed the videos and accusations of anti-Semitism in a Tumblr post on Sunday. "It came to my attention yesterday that some have been pointing to my videos and saying that I am giving credibility to the anti-Semitic movement, and my fans are part of it as well for watching," he wrote. "… I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes.

"Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive," he added. "As laughable as it is to believe that I might actually endorse these people, to anyone unsure on my standpoint regarding hate-based groups: No, I don’t support these people in any way."