If you play the few seconds of video above, you can hear PewDiePie, followed by 52 million youths worldwide, call for a new holocaust.
PewDiePie says it was just a joke. He says he’s not a racist.
Whatever, kudos to him. He’s normalizing taboo thoughts and words. If you can say, “Death to all Jews. Hitler was right,” as a joke, then you can also say it with conviction. Just hearing the words and taking them as fun can plant ideas in people’s heads. Youths who follow PewDiePie might start asking themselves why people dislike Jews. That curiosity about antisemtism is a good thing.
That’s my opinion. Disagree if you like.
PewDiePie posted a video last week in which he used Fiverr, an online marketplace that allows users to browse a selection of freelance services from across the globe, in order to get two Indian men to hold up a sign with the words ‘Death To All Jews’ written on it. Needless to say a lot of people weren’t happy about it, but it transpires that the men in the video who unwittingly held up the offensive sign have lost their jobs as a result of it.
Fiverr allows users to solicit freelance work from strangers across the internet, such as custom art of personalized video messages. As part of a video in which he made ridiculous requests from the site’s freelancers, PewDiePie used the service to request two Indian men to hold up an anti-Semitic sign, appearing shocked when they followed through with his request. In the video, PewDiePie says that he feels “partially responsible” for their actions, though many have strongly criticized his decision to both make the “joke” and to upload the results to his YouTube channel.
The two men who held up the sign have since revealed that Fiverr banned them from the site, thus bringing an end to their source of income. In a video uploaded to YouTube, one of the men apologizes for their actions, saying: “Please forgive us… we really didn’t know what [the sign] meant when we were making the video. I promise that we really did not know what “the Jews” means while making the video [sic].”
The Sun offers more perspective on this incident plus the chance to vote in a poll regarding it. When I voted, 86 percent did not find PewDiePie’s actions offensive. I think they must be his fans, though.
Would they find this GIF offensive?