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PewDiePie Dropped From Maker Studios For Being A Tone-Deaf Dipshit

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So, apparently influential YouTuber PewDiePie was dropped by Disney’s Maker Studios and had a series taken off of YouTube Red for posting several anti-Semitic videos.

I originally wasn’t going to comment on this, as I am not personally familiar with his work, but it’s something that keeps popping up. So, here’s my take on it.

According to an article on NPR (which itself cites the Wall Street Journal), PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg) posted 9 videos since August that contained some kind of anti-Semitic statement, most notable one where he paid a couple of guys in India over Fiverr to hold up a sign saying “death to all Jews” and then posted his reaction. There was also a video where he had a guy dressed up like Jesus say “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong.”

I really hope that I don’t have to explain why this is fucked up.

Again, I am not familiar with Kjellberg’s work, or with him as a person. I don’t know if he really believes this things. He says he doesn’t, so I think it’s most likely that he’s an idiot who was going for shock value.

A number of Kjellberg’s fans are arguing that YouTube and Maker Studios are denying his “freedom of speech.” This is basically bullshit as well. Kjellberg can still say whatever the fuck that he wants, but Google and Disney don’t need to provide a platform for him. Basically, freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences.

Then there’s the “he was just joking!” excuse. The thing with that is that ironic antisemitism is still fucking antisemitism. You are still normalizing this kind of attitude to the people who actually believe that Jewish people are less than human, which is backed up by the fact that neo-Nazi news site The Daily Stormer seems to fucking love him, and had this to say:

Some may ask ‘Is Pewdiepie really racist? Is he really a Nazi? Does he really want to kill all Jews?’ Who knows. He could be doing all this only to cause a stir things up and get free publicity. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter, since the effect is the same; it normalizes Nazism, and marginalizes our enemies.

Kjellberg himself has stated that this was meant to be satire, that he “was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online.” Dude, there are ways to do that without resorting to the method above.

Also, please explain to me how statements like “death to all Jews” are meant to be funny, in this or any context, because apparently I just don’t fucking get it.

In a Tumblr post, Kjellberg went on to say the following:

I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary. I know my audience understand that and that is why they come to my channel. Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.

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.
Dude, you don’t get to say shit (or pay people to say shit) like “Hitler did nothing wrong” and then wonder why people think you support literal Nazis. It’s because you’re speaking their fucking language.

I mean, seriously. Once The Daily fucking Stormer starts endorsing you, it’s probably time to start rethinking what it is you’re doing.

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Fuckery, Opinion, WTF

Again? Seriously, Again?

Well, another female celebrity has been chased off of social media by harassing troglodytes. This time, the star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley was forced to shut down her Instagram account. Her horrible crime? She had that audacity, the absolute nerve, to make a post decrying gun violence.

According to the above link, the post (which can still be found on her Facebook page) reads thusly:

Thinking about how lucky I am like……… Serious bit: as I sat in the audience yesterday tears were streaming down my face at the tribute to those that have been lost to gun violence. I didn’t get a great picture of the incredible group that came on stage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must ‪#‎stoptheviolence‬

So, apparently because she had an emotional reaction to a tribute at an event she was attending (the Teen Choice Awards) and decided to post a call for peace, that’s apparently too fucking political.

The comments on her Instagram are no longer there, naturally because her Instagram is no longer there. However, her Facebook is still there, and still getting comments. I think this one is probably my favorite:

BULLSHIT

This guy, this fucking guy, is apparently so divorced from reality that he somehow thinks that Ridley using a fake laser gun in a goddamn movie suddenly invalidates what she’s saying above.

Oh, but it gets even better. Apparently, some people have taken to harassing her co-star and friend John Boyega, trying to get her to come back. Boyega, naturally, gave a very classy response supporting her decision:

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It’s just, I really would like to be able to stop talking about this. I really would. But it just keeps fucking happening. It happens every day to people who aren’t celebrities (who, by the way, are people too). And people just brush it off, saying it’s just the Internet and we should stop talking about this. Except, that’s bullshit, because unless we talk about harassment and shame the fuck out of the people who do the harassing, this is just going to keep happening. And will most likely get worse.

I close with a thought I had when something similar happened to Leslie Jones on Twitter (except without the delightful added element of racism, this time): The Internet is part of real life. The people that are behind the screen are real people, with real feelings, and who experience real hurt when people pull this shit.

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Gamer Asshole May Go To Prison Over Threats

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You know, with all the recent news that’s been coming out about bullshit like harassment and threats, I’m starting to think that maybe the Internet was a mistake.

What I’m talking about this time is the fact that some douche in Sacramento named Stephen Cebula apparently thought that it was a good idea to send a very threatening message to Blizzard saying he was going to shoot up the place with an AK-47.

What prompted his sending the popular game publisher these threats? The fact that they silenced him (basically rescinded his ability to use chat functions) in Heroes of the Storm.

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I’m Gonna Need Popcorn For This

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There has been some news filtering down into the world of video games recently. Apparently, indie game developers Digital Homicide are planning on suing game reviewer/YouTuber Jim Sterling for roughly $10 million, accusing him of “assault, libel, and slander.”

And all I really have to say is holy shit.

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Why “Swatting” Isn’t Fucking Funny

 

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This is a topic that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while, but never really got around to it. Well, recently some chucklefuck decided that it would be a fun time to swat US Representative Katherine Clark for daring to support legislation intended to address this issue, so I decided that the time is right.

Why am I discussing this issue on what is largely a pop culture blog, you may ask? Well, you see, there are some members of the gaming community in particular that seem to find this “prank” absolutely fucking hilarious.

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