This Is Why PewDiePie Wasn't In YouTube Rewind For The First Time Since 2013

8 December 2017, 12:11

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By Josh Lee

PewDiePie had been in YouTube Rewind every year since 2013.

Those of you who watched YouTube rewind may have noticed the conspicuous absence of one of the platform's most popular - and polarising creators this year: PewDiePie.

For the first time since 2013, the controversial gaming YouTuber was not included in the star-studded annual celebration of the community. But for those of you who thought PewDiePie may have declined an offer, you are wrong. It turns out he wasn't invited to begin with.

In a video entitled "Why I'm not in YouTube Rewind 2017," PewDiePie explained that he "wasn't asked" to join in the film. He doesn't explicitly discuss why he might not have been invited to participate, but it probably has something to do with the string of racially-charged controversies he was involved in during 2017.

PewDiePie lost the support of Disney in January this year after he paid two men in India to hold up a sign saying "death to all Jews

Later in the year, he was banned from profiting off videos about games by Camp Santo (who make Firewatch) after he used the n-word in a livestream.

"It's sad in a way, that I'm not part of it," PewDiePie says in the video, seemingly hinting at the above controversies. "But like, I understand why, like I'm not salty at YouTube for not inviting me."

"But at the end of the day I care more about YouTube," he continued. "I care more about what's good for YouTube, what's good for the platform, then being in it and... pissing people off."

Watch PewDiePie talk about his absence from YouTube Rewind 2017 below: