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An Open Letter to PewDiePie

Dear Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, AKA Pewdiepie:

I used to think you were amusing. Your screams of (feigned) fright at the horror video games you played, the videos you made where you photoshopped pictures of celebrities, and the weird things on the internet videos. They all used to make me chuckle, on days when I was bored out of my mind at my day job.

However, following the events of last August, where you had your Twitter account unverified for making “jokes” about joining ISIS, I began to see that all was not right in the land of Kjellberg.

Today, I happened upon the story that you are just now regretting your “jokes” about Nazism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, the aforementioned bit about ISIS, and the like. I also saw the vlog post you made, where you seem to regret your actions, and want to re-evaluate your style of humor.

I understand that you want to try to be “edgy”, “outside the norm”, and keep things fresh. HOWEVER, I ALSO know that you are old enough (and presumably intelligent enough) to know that some things just should NOT be joked about – especially when there ARE actual Nazis out there, and that they are marching through the streets of a country that was once considered to be the leader of the free world.

Here’s the thing. You’ve been making these comments, videos, and “jokes” for some time now, and regardless of the fact that you SAY you’re not a Nazi, you’re not anti-Semitic, and all of these things…your actions show otherwise. I mean, because of this crap, you had your Twitter account unverified back in August of 2016, and you lost your business partner (Disney) back in February of this year! All of this happened, and yet you CONTINUED to make Nazi references, and ignore the rest of the blowback. Did it really take the events in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12th to snap you out of this, or are you just playing another character again? You’ve even been quoted as saying, “Nazi memes are not even that funny anymore”. Hey…Felix… THEY WEREN’T EVER FUNNY!!! You say that you’re re-evaluating your approach to humor, and that you have no hate in your heart. However, your insensitivity and ignorance to the fact that you may actually be doing damage to the minds of your younger (more impressionable) fans speaks far more loudly about what may be going on in that blonde head of yours.

Furthermore, did you know that The Daily Stormer – the premiere neo-Nazi website – calls itself “The World’s #1 PewDiePie fansite”, and that you’re being referred to as “our guy” by those who write the hate-filled rhetoric that site spews? Why have you not sent cease-and-desist letters? Where are the statements condemning the use of your name/image by white supremacists? Oh, wait, that’s right. Up until last weekend, you seemed to be under the impression that white supremacy was simply an internet gag, and that the ideology didn’t really exist.

ARE YOU FU**ING KIDDING ME??? You’re 27 years old and actually attended university (for a time), man! There’s NO WAY you could possibly be this ignorant to the world around you! There’s no way that you could be unaware of the damage you have been doing with your childish and tasteless antics! Let me give you a piece of advice: Maybe take the headphones off for a little while every day, talk to people face-to-face, and read the FU**ING NEWS once in a while!

You may also want to remember that #PunchANazi is trending on Twitter, and that antics like yours are a good way to get yourself a quick knuckle sandwich.

Sincerely,

A Gamer Who ACTUALLY Pays Attention

About Doug T. (354 Articles)
A lifelong gamer, a foodie, an advocate for people with disabilities, and an avowed geek. Doug was born in South America, currently resides in Northern VA, and spends the majority of his time indulging in his current passions of gaming & food, while making sure not to take life or himself too seriously.
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