Youtube’s largest content creator @PewDiePie has been removed from the Disney Owned Maker Studios network after a video he Produced on Fiverr was found to be anti-Semitic by Disney.
Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, posted a video on January 11 in which he paid two men from Sri Lanka to construct and hold up a sign that read “Death to all Jews.”.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t think they would actually do it, I feel partially responsible,” Kjellberg said in the video, after reacting to a video clip filmed by the two men who were hired on Fiverr.
“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,” said a spokeswoman for Maker Studios.
Kjellberg “showed a clip from a Hitler speech in a Sept. 24 video criticizing a YouTube policy, posted swastikas drawn by his fans on Oct. 15 and watched a Hitler video in a brown military uniform to conclude a Dec. 8 video,” the Journal reported. The newspaper also noted that he played the Nazi Party anthem in a Jan. 14 video before he bowed “to swastika in a mock resurrection ritual”; in a Feb. 5 video, Kjellberg gave a “very brief Nazi salute with a Hitler voice-over saying ‘Sieg Heil’ and the text ‘Nazi Confirmed.’