PewDiePie Criticises Mental Health Portrayal In Shane Dawson's Documentary Series

3 October 2018, 11:39 | Updated: 3 October 2018, 11:48

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

"I think adding creepy music while talking to a therapist is kind of a sociopathic thing"

PewDiePie has weighed in on Shane Dawson's hyper-popular documentary series about fellow YouTuber Jake Paul and, predictably, he had some pretty hot takes.

Felix joined the voices that had complained about the way that sociopathic tendencies were treated in Part 2 of the documentary. Some of his criticisms are a little out of date, seeing as Shane has already addressed the problems and promised to re-edit future episodes to make them more sympathetic and realistic, but his critiques still stand.

Shane has commented in social media posts that he deliberately hammed up his reactions in the videos to make them more entertaining. Felix disagrees with this practice saying: "I think some topics, you do them right, or you don't touch them."

He goes on to criticise the language used by therapist Kati Morton when discussing people with ASD (the actual term for 'sociopathy'). He says: "I understand not liking it, I don't either, but for a therapist to describe a mental disorder as 'really icky, really gross', that's kind of weird to me."

PewDiePie acknowledges that Shane apologised for actions, but has an issue with his choice of words - "I'm sorry if I offended anybody."

He says: "Shane if you need help with apology videos, just reach out, I'm really good at them."

He adds that he feels YouTube "rewards sociopathic behaviour" and that Jake and Logan "just don't care... does that mean they're sociopaths I don't know, but it certainly makes them scumbags."

He concludes by saying: "I understand Shane wants to make things creepy... he does a great job of that... and I also think Kati took off her therapist hat to make things more interesting... and maybe it wasn't deliberate but these two things playing into each other made it into, in my opinion, a really bad video unfortunately. Somme topics you just have to be more careful when you cover them... and I think they realise that now."

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