PewDiePie wants "subscribe to PewDiePie" meme to end in wake of shootings

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Both PewDiePie and T-Series, a Bollywood studio in India, have been battling it out to become the most-subscribed channel on YouTube. The ‘subscribe’ meme began earlier this year as a way of keeping PewDiePie on top, but while Kjellberg says it started positively, things soon turned ugly.

The first negative association came when a World War II memorial in New York was defaced with “subscribe to PewDiePie” graffiti. PewDiePie said when you have over 90 million subscribers, “you’re bound to get a few degenerates.”

On March 15, a man in New Zealand shot and killed 50 people and injured 50 more. He livestreamed the atrocity, and during the first few minutes said: “Remember, lads: subscribe to Pewdiepie.”

PewDiePie tweeted at the time that he was “sickened” to know his name was mentioned. In the new video, he says he never discussed the incident further out of respect for the victims and their families.

"I just didn't want to address it right away, and I didn't want to give the terrorist more attention. I didn't want to make it about me, because I don't think it has anything to do with me. To put it plainly, I didn't want hate to win," he said. "But it's clear to me now the 'subscribe to PewDiePie' movement should have ended then."

There was also a reference to PewDiePie in the manifesto of the gunman who opened fire inside a Southern California synagogue Saturday.

PewDiePie mentioned the two diss tracks he made that were aimed at T-series, which were banned by the Delhi High Court. “This was all made to be fun, but it’s clearly not fun anymore. It’s clearly gone too far. And out of respect for that, I’m going to keep the videos blocked.”

“This movement started out of love and support, so let’s end it with that.”

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EEatGDL

TS Evangelist
I have a better idea - pukedipie should just kill his channel. Problem solved!
Do you think it is like killing the Night King, followed by the whole white walker army dying? Creating or deleting a YouTube channel wouldn't do anything.
 

wiyosaya

TS Evangelist
I have a better idea - pukedipie should just kill his channel. Problem solved!
Do you think it is like killing the Night King, followed by the whole white walker army dying? Creating or deleting a YouTube channel wouldn't do anything.
Sure, another channel will pop up that will likely attract a similar garbage following; however, in the meantime, he would no longer be there to attract the flotsam and jetsam.

Of course, I never expect him to do anything responsible as he is smitten with the "I don't have enough money yet" syndrome.
 

gusticles41

TS Evangelist
I have a better idea - pukedipie should just kill his channel. Problem solved!
Do you think it is like killing the Night King, followed by the whole white walker army dying? Creating or deleting a YouTube channel wouldn't do anything.
Of course, I never expect him to do anything responsible as he is smitten with the "I don't have enough money yet" syndrome.
Well, it's not really your place to tell him to quit his career.
 
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wiyosaya

TS Evangelist
I have a better idea - pukedipie should just kill his channel. Problem solved!
Do you think it is like killing the Night King, followed by the whole white walker army dying? Creating or deleting a YouTube channel wouldn't do anything.
Of course, I never expect him to do anything responsible as he is smitten with the "I don't have enough money yet" syndrome.
Well, it's not really your place to tell him to quit his career.
And it is not your place to tell me what comments are appropriate.

Comments like yours are an indicator to me that there are people out there that do not get it.

Pukedipie telling people to stop using the meme is simply ridiculous, IMO. As if the shooters could care what he says. He's playing damage control of his precious brand.
 

Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
Don't watch him, don't know him, and frankly couldn't care less it he stays or goes ..... so go already!