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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ender's Game" at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. YouTube's top-earning celebrity is a 25-year-old video-game-playing jokester who took in $12 million in the year ending June 1, 2015. Forbes magazine says Kjellberg tops its first list of people who have spun short online videos into huge piles of cash. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Disney dropped YouTube star PewDiePie after he made anti-Semitic jokes and videos


Disney-owned Maker Studios has cut ties with PewDiePie after the YouTube star made a series of anti-Semitic jokes and videos.

PewDiePie, whose legal name is Felix Kjellberg, received backlash from fans and sponsors after he posted videos containing Nazi imagery.

The 27-year-old, who gained popularity through his gaming videos, has 53 million subscribers on YouTube, making him the most subscribed user in 2013.

After Disney's announcement, Kjellberg posted a YouTube video titled "Who do people hate?"

The videos

The Wall Street Journal reports that nine videos on his YouTube page over the last six months included anti-semitic jokes.

One video, for example, featured two men holding a banner that read "Death to all Jews," while another saw a man dressed as Jesus saying "Hitler did nothing wrong."

He clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate.
Maker Studios

Maker Studios' statement

Maker Studios, a multi-channel network owned by Disney, released a statement announcing it was ending its relationship with Kjellberg.

After Disney's announcement, Kjellberg posted the following tweet on his @PewDiePie account.

Kjellberg's explanation

On Sunday, Kjellberg posted a blog about the videos in an effort to "clear some things up."

In the post, he said he was in "no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes" and that his video featuring the "Death to all Jews" poster was only made to prove a point about the "crazy" modern world.

"I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is," he said.

I make videos for my audience. I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary.
Felix Kjellberg

The Swede celebrity claims to not support "hate-based groups" and thinks it's "laughable" to believe that he does.

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