YouTube superstar Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has published a video in which he apologies for remarks people found offensive.
In the post (below), the personality admitted that a previous video one which saw him pay two men to hold a sign saying ‘Death to All Jews’ above their heads, went too far.
“I’m sorry for the words that I used, as I know they offended people and I admit that the joke itself went too far,” he said. “I do strongly believe that you can joke about anything but I also believe there’s a right way, and not the best way, to joke about things."
He continued: “I love to push boundaries, but I would consider myself a 'rookie comedian', and I’ve definitely made mistakes like this before. But it’s always been a learning and growing experience for me. This whole situation has definitely been that for me. It’s something that I’m going to keep in mind going forward.”
Though clearly apologetic that his joke caused offence, Kjellberg says he understands why Maker dropped him and that his actions do have consequences.
Next, he turned his attention next to the Wall Street Journal.
He says that the publication going to Maker and YouTube concerning his remarks was part of a co-ordinated character assassination, brought on by the fact that the mainstream media doesn’t understand new media, such as YouTube. This resulted in Maker dropping PewDiePie, while YouTube cancelled his premium Scare PewDiePie series.
Kjellberg went on to say that the WSJ cherry picked footage from his videos in order to paint him as anti-Semitic.
The star also took issue with prior media coverage of him, including an interview with… none other than the Wall Street Journal, in which the publication focused on how much money he makes for making videos about games.
Here is PewDiePie’s video in full: