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Pewdiepie's hiatus begins but skeptics question why

Brett Nichols

Posted on January 16, 2020 01:11

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After 10 years, famous Youtuber Pewdiepie has taken a break from the social platform to gain a sense of perspective, though he loves his work and assures us of his eventual return. However, that has not stopped many outlets from making the narrative more extreme than initially stated by Felix. Ultimately fans can be relieved that Pewdiepie will make a return and that he has left Youtube with the largest following he has ever had before.

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Pewdiepie (Felix Kjellberg), the famous Youtuber creator with over 100 million subscribers on the 15th of January began his planned break from producing videos for his famed gaming channel. He states, "after ten years I am finally taking [a] break. This is the last video." He quickly points out, however, that his departure is not forever but that it is something he needs to experience after such a demanding schedule for so long.

Many social platforms have used his allegedly drastic need to take a break as a way of quitting the platform forever. The mirror.co.uk headlines with "PewDiePie quits YouTube saying he's too tired to go on." The headline originated from a quote from Felix saying he is "feeling very tired," though to say he is quitting (even if doing so to merely to grab attention) is a far cry from Felix's actual choice to merely take a break. In a later video (link in post), Felix cites the quote of him being tired as being wrongfully understood as a serious statement when it was actually made in a lighthearted, jestful manner, one that is consistent in Kjellberg's videos. In Kjellberg's final video he goes on to say, "[the] truth is, I don't want to go on break...I love making videos. I just feel like I need to do this."

To make the situation even more divisive, a CNN article by Rob Picheta claims that Kjellberg's career has been negatively affected "by allegations of racism and anti-Semitism," insinuating that his controversies have led him to halt his work. 

However, many Youtubers have rallied against such claims against Felix, including (though not limited to) the channel of H3H3 which comprises two Youtubers (Ethan and Hila Klein) who are both of Jewish descent. Both Ethan and Hila interpret Kjellberg's 'controversial' statements as authentically ironic, rather than genuinely racist statements and, furthermore , see these statements against them as overreactions to their particular sense of comedy. Though some still feel Felix's jokes go too far, these comments are truly dividing.

Though debatable on the last issue, the CNN writer inaccurately states that Felix's career has been negatively affected by his allegedly offensive statements. This is in reference to his connections to Disney and a premium Youtube service which dropped its plan to make shows with him after they were informed of Kjellberg's controversial statements. While such a breaking off is notably jarring, Felix has received his largest Youtube following this year, topping over 100 million subscribers, making him one of the most famous and best paid Youtubers today. He also has many plans ahead in addition to Youtube that will ensure his career is propelled forward.

While some may find PewDiePie's comments and hiatus as running away from backlash, fans can feel assured that he has not let controversy stop him nor his success and will be back in the future.

Youtube: 'Pewdiepie has QUIT Youtube' 

The Mirror: Pewdiepie Quits Youtube

Youtube: It's been real, but I'm out!

Brett Nichols

Posted on January 16, 2020 01:11

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