PewDiePie's T-Series diss tracks banned in India for being 'abusive, vulgar and racist'

18 April 2019, 11:54 | Updated: 18 April 2019, 12:00

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

This battle will never end, it seems

The Indian High Court has blocked PewDiePie's two diss tracks against Indian company T-Series after a formal complaint was made by the company.

Both diss tracks, “Bitch Lasagna” and “Congratulations”, have been blocked in India after the company filed a complaint with the High Court of Delhi. This complaint was upheld by court justice Jayant Nath, who wrote that the tracks are “abusive, vulgar and also racist in nature.”

Felix released 'Bitch Lasagna' while locked in a heated (but also mostly non-serious and jokey) 'battle' with T-Series, after the company started to catch up with him in terms of subscriber numbers, and even threaten to overtake him as the most-subscribed YouTube channel in the world.

The song makes several references to India and India-based memes. The title itself is a reference to an infamous unsolicited DM from an Indian man who asked a woman for nudes, and then called her a 'bitch lasagna' when she didn't reply. T-Series (and it seems the court) maintains that these kinds of references are offensive.

PewDiePie's song 'Congratulations', meanwhile, goes one step further - making reference to everything from the #MeToo accusations levelled against T-Series' CEO, to the company's supposed links to the Indian mafia, and the company's alleged history of movie piracy.

According to the ruling, which was reported on by legal tracking organisation Iprmentlaw, Felix was sent a cease-and-desist letter. He replied saying the diss track was “all in good fun” and that he didn’t have any plans to make any more.

The PewDiePie subreddit has already been flooded by users who have found that both videos are now unavailable to watch for them.