PewDiePie faces backlash after promoting neo-nazi YouTuber

12 December 2018, 11:43 | Updated: 12 December 2018, 11:45

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"I do understand I have a responsibility, especially with my past"

PewDiePie has responded and apologised (sort of) after he was called out for recommending a video to his viewers from a channel that turned out to be rife with anti-semitic statements, neo-nazi language and footage of the murder of Heather Heyer.

The channel, which we will decline to name, is run by a user with a history of posting offensive statements online, including one post on the site Gab, in which he makes recommendations about how to subtly indoctrinate people.

He states that he slips in his extreme beliefs using "a spoonful of sugar" (a euphemism for fun, meme-y content) and says the best way to get people on side is to "pretend to joke about it until the punchline really lands". That last statement was in direct response to another user asking how to teach people about "the Jewish question" (Hitler's personal phrasing for the eradication of Jewish people).

PewDiePie responded in a video

Felix responded to the backlash by stating firmly that he has no idea of the kind of content on the channel, as he had only seen the one video he recommended, which was an anime review.

However, this has also raised questions, because the description of that video read: "the truth about why this took so long is because I thought it was so funny to call Black L 'Niglet'." - Which seems to show something of the channel's tone.

Felix hit back at those who accused him of supporting neo-nazi beliefs, stating that the references in this user's videos are coded and that he did not pick up on them, because he is not part of that world:

"Yes he does have Nazi references in them and I see them now, unless you play close attention…these references will go past you.

He went on to say: "the irony here is I’m supposed to be the Nazi but I don’t get any of these goddamn references. Anyone with a level-headed brain can tell I don’t know any more than this."

However, he did acknowledge that he was the last person that should be making these kinds of mistakes, saying: "But I do understand I have a responsibility, especially with my past".

This references his past issues with both alleged anti-semitism and his pledge to no longer make Nazi-related jokes.