PewDiePie Says He’s Done Making Nazi Jokes After Violence in Charlottesville
Back in February, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, who is better known online as PewDiePie, lost his gig with Disney after he posted a video featuring a man holding a sign that read, “Death to all Jews.” While the YouTuber faced TONS of backlash for the anti-Semitic move, he basically thought he did nothing wrong because the whole thing was a social experiment that was more of a joke than anything else. *SMH*
It took the 27-year-old more than six months, but in light of the violence that took place at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead last week, he finally realizes that “joking” and Nazi behavior is not okay.
“I remember back when everything happened in February, I was sort of like, ‘I mean, they’re just jokes,” he said in a YT video posted yesterday. “There’s not actual Nazis out there, what are you talking about?’ And then I look at this and I’m like, ‘Oh, I see. Okay.'”
He then announced that he’ll stop making Nazi jokes, partially because he doesn’t want to encourage any actual Nazi, and partially because they’re “not even that funny anymore.” Again — *SMH*
“If for some reasons Nazis think it’s great that I’m making these jokes, I don’t want to give them that benefit. So, I’m going to stop doing it. Nazi memes are not even that funny anymore. It’s sort of a dead meme. So, just to make it clear. No more. OK? It’s not me censoring myself, it’s more like, I don’t want to be a part of this.”
While it’s great that Pewds isn’t gonna, ya know, be anti-Semitic anymore, you would THINK he’d know to stop making those horrific jokes a looooong time ago. Key word: “think.”
Here’s the full video where he made the announcement: