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.

The Trailer Park: Rings

So, when I first heard about this, I thought that they were just doing a straight remake of The Ring. I did a little research before viewing the trailer, and everything I saw said that this was meant to be a direct sequel.

Then I watched the trailer. And it looks like they’re remaking The Ring.

OK, maybe that’s not fair. There does seem to be a bit that’s different, and there’s the fact that it has an R-rating while the original film (which itself is a remake of a Japanese movie) was PG-13. There are a couple of scenes, though (particularly the one where the girl coughs up the clump of hair) that seem to be lifted from the 2002 film.

Rings (directed by F Javier Gutierrez) follows Julia (Matilda Lutz), who has to save her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) from the video’s curse. Along the way, they make a rather disturbing discovery about said video.

Now, I liked The Ring. I thought that it was quite effective for a PG-13 horror movie (not that all horror movies need to be rated R). I thought its 2005 sequel was kind of stupid, but I liked the first one. And it looks like they’ve updated the technology in the film as well, going from the video cassette of the first one to an Internet video. Judging from the scene on the plane, it also looks like the stakes are quite a bit higher. 

I still think that it looks somewhat derivative from the first one, but I might still check it out.

Rings hits theaters on February 3.

A Series Based On “Good Omens” Is Coming

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(First, some housekeeping: a shout out to Amanda for pledging $5 on my Patreon! You get to pick a topic for me to write about. If you would like to pick a topic as well, (or just feel like kicking some money my way), check out my Patreon page. Thanks!)

After my last post detailing the latest delay of Star Trek: Discovery, it’s good to have some good TV-related news to discuss.

So, Good Omens. Written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and originally published in 1990, it is quite possibly the funniest book about Armageddon that I’ve read. And it’s getting its own Amazon series.

It’s going to be a miniseries (only about 6 episodes long), but they have Neil Gaiman set to be the showrunner, as well as having adapted the novel. It’s going to be coming out next year, and is a joint production between Amazon and BBC UK, as well as Narrativa, the production company run by Pratchett’s daughter Rihanna Pratchett.

Good Omens centers around Crowley and Aziraphale, a demon and an angel respectively, who have been tapped by the powers that be to kickstart the apocalypse. However, neither of them are too keen on doing that, plus they’ve also lost the Antichrist. Hilarity ensues.

There have been other attempts to adapt the novel. Probably the most notable was an attempt made by Terry Gilliam (which would’ve starred Robin Williams and Johnny Depp, apparently), but that fell through. There was also a BBC-produced radio play starring Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz that came out in 2014 and is currently available on Audible.

There isn’t a current release date for the series, but according to the sources I’ve seen state that it should release sometime next year. After it’s debut on Amazon Prime, the BBC will also be broadcasting it in the UK.

Star Trek: Discovery Is Delayed, And I Am Sad

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Well, this is disappointing. According to EW, the premiere date for Star Trek: Discovery has been pushed from this upcoming May to…we don’t know when.

The series, which is set to take place a few years before the original series, recently cast The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green for the lead role. It was supposed to have premiered next month, but was pushed back to this upcoming May last September. This, combined with the fact that Bryan Fuller stepped down as showrunner in October, doesn’t really fill one with confidence.

They did announce that they’ll start production next week, however. They also announced that Sarek (aka Spock’s dad) will be playing a major role in the series, and will be played by actor James Frain. This does provide some hope, since I don’t believe that they would be making casting announcements for a show that won’t see the light of day. According to a statement relased by CBS:

“Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created.  This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show.  We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”

So it does look like we’ll be getting Discovery, just not as soon as we had hoped.

Still, the fact that they pushed it back again, without giving us a release date, doesn’t bode particularly well. On the other hand, it may actually turn out to be a good thing if it results in a better program.

Time will tell.

Shut Up And Take My Money: Bioware Announces Release Date For Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Earlier today, BioWare released information on their official website, finally giving us a release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Yes, us lucky North Americans will be able to experience the next installment of the Mass Effect series on March 21, 2017, with the rest of the world getting it on March 23.

Mass Effect: Andromeda, which is set 600 years after the Mass Effect trilogy, will feature an entirely open world. Like with the previous games in the series, the player can choose to play a male or female character, Scott or Sara Ryder. Unlike in the previous games, however, the two characters are actually siblings and both will play a major role in the action.

I’m actually quite excited about this. As I’ve said before, Mass Effect is one of my favorite series, and the trailer that was released on November 7 looks absolutely fantastic.