YouTube Distances Themselves From PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Jokes

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After PewDiePie uploaded a video with a sign saying “Death To All Jews,” YouTube is now distancing themselves from the once highest paid YouTuber in the world.

According to Variety, YouTube has canceled the second season of Scare PewDiePie, a web series created specifically for YouTube’s premium service YouTube Red. The show centered around PewDiePie exploring video game inspired sets that the YouTuber previously played on his YouTube channel.

In addition, YouTube will cut PewDiePie from their “Google Preferred” advertising service. Google Preferred lists the 12 different listings of packages of channels. These channels are the most popular channels among U.S. 18 to 34-year-olds. As a result, YouTubers that are listed in this premium service can earn more money from higher paying advertisers. Also, brands can advertise on the most popular channels on the video streaming network.

As a result of these news changes, PewDiePie’s income will take a hit following his “Death to All Jews” video. However, the YouTuber will still be able to make money from his other videos on the platform.

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LOS ANGELES – OCT 28: Felix Kjellberg at the “Ender’s Game” Los Angeles Premiere at TCL Chinese Theater on October 28, 2013, in Los Angeles, CA (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock, Inc.)

YouTube’s decision to cut ties with the PewDiePIe comes after Disney’s Maker Studios, severed their relationship with the YouTuber over his anti-Semitic jokes. The video that got him in trouble involved two men hired from the freelancing website Fiverr who were told to hold a sign saying “Death to All Jews.”

While Scare PewDiePie season two was announced last year, users can still watch old videos from Scare PewDiePie season one online.

Pewdiepie addressed the controversy on Tumblr.

“I think it’s important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes.”

Pewdiepie added, “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.”