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PewDiePie Responds to Petition Calling For His Ban After It Reaches 80,000 Signatures

by Tom Pappert

The petition falsely claims PewDiePie’s channel is a bastion for white supremacist content on YouTube.

A petition demanding YouTube ban independent content creator and top YouTube channel PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, has reached 80,000 signatures.

The petition, started by a woman named Maria Ruiz, claims that PewDiePie must be banned after the mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ruiz calls PewDiePie “one of the largest platforms for white supremacist content,” and says that Kjellberg has “proven once and again to promote and affiliate himself with white supremacist and Nazi ideologies.”

As evidence of her assertion, Ruiz writes that Kjellberg “used images of famous African-Americans (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Barack Obama) captioned with the wrong names,” and that Kjellberg “makes rape jokes.”

In a video response, Kjelbberg lambasted the evidence, calling them fictitious and laughing at Ruiz for failing to provide evidence. He also expressed incredulity that would allow the petition to remain on its website.

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