PewDiePie labeled 'racist', 'anti-Semitic' over leaked Spotify playlist, but fans cite his 'amazing' charity work

After his playlist was leaked online, many talked about how the YouTuber owns a Nazi uniform and is an 'inspiration' to mass shooters

                            PewDiePie labeled 'racist', 'anti-Semitic' over leaked Spotify playlist, but fans cite his 'amazing' charity work
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Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg aka PewDiePie's music taste revelation on the internet proves that even if you are a Youtuber with a whopping 106M subscribers, people can still slam you for your taste in music. When PewDiePie’s Spotify list somehow got leaked on social media on August 4, it caused a frenzy as many slammed his music choices which included musician 'SOPHIE' among others.
His list shows Kero Kero Bonito, Rina Sawayama, Slayyyter, Arca, Rico Nasty, Yves Tumor and 313dp besides SOPHIE in “recently played artists” category.

The photo of his list circulated all over Twitter and many wanted him canceled over it. "Just woke up, found out pewdiepie listens to me and others, pewdiepie please don’t listen to my music. Ok back to bed," tweeted a user lamenting his choice.


Another tweeted, "Pewdiepie sucks but this take sucks harder" commenting on how they do not like the artist but his personal likes are even harder to tolerate.


Another user went to the extent of banishing him by saying, “Pewdiepie is cancelled over listening to music (2020)."


Some people also trolled the YouTuber and comedian over how Twitter is going crazy over his choices. "PewDiePie: *breathes*. Twitter:" one wrote. People even went to the extent of calling him an “alt- Nazi” and “Alt-right supremacist”. "Btw I’m pretty ambivalent about Pewdiepie myself. I don’t really enjoy his content nor do I think he’s an alt right nazi," tweeted onre user. 
Another user tweeted how he owns a Nazi uniform and is an “inspiration” for mass shooters. “Two mass shooters cited him as inspiration. He owns a Nazi uniform. He's said the N-word in public videos. He paid for a sign calling for Jewish genocide. Can't imagine why anyone doesn't like such a fun guy. #fart #fart #minecraft."


PewDiePie has been earlier called by the media for flirting with Alt - Right culture. In 2018, Vox reported about several YouTube channels enjoyed by him. One of them being the “E;R,” channel. A close watch at the channel “revealed several instances of disturbing imagery, slurs, and White supremacist messaging. E;R’s creator even refers to his reputation as a racist in the channel’s FAQ." In 2017, Vox reported that a Wall Street Journal investigation into Pewdiepie’s YouTube channel found a total of nine videos since August 2016 that featured Nazi imagery or anti-Semitic humor. 
Further in a video posted on January 11, the YouTuber hired a pair of performers from the freelance website Fiverr to hold up a sign reading “Death to all Jews", which he claimed was an experiment on the nature of digital marketplace.

"Fr my perception of him has always been, 'his content sucks but he's probably a good guy so he's alright' his fans are as awful they are the same as the people who claim he's some alt-right supremacist," tweeted a user. 


Another one tweeted, "For some reason I read 'pedophiles' instead of Pewdiepie. Not calling Pewds a pedo tho."


Internet is also slamming the Swedish comedian's racism. “Waitttt Youtube took down Wiley's page... but Shane Dawson? the Paul brothers? Jeffree Star? James Charles? PewDiePie? and countless others can all stay right?" tweeted a user. She further stated, "For anyone who is confused in my mentions... all have made racist statements on YouTube in the past and still have active channels. Wiley’s comments were not made on these platforms, yet he has been removed. Wiley has also addressed the comments made in the Sky News (1)."


But PewDiePie is also known for some philanthropist work that may just save him from some criticism. Many fans tweeted about his charity work to underscore his kindness. “You can hate on PewDiePie all you want, but the man literally sends all the money he gets from YouTube memberships to charity. Last month it was $100,000 going towards marine conservation.”


Of the many charity works, PewDiePie has raised money for the St Jude Children's Research Hospital, began a "Water Campaign" charity, where his fans could donate money to Charity: Wate. He has helped raise money for RED to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. He has donated $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League, an international Jewish non-governmental organization, and he also recently donated $69,420 to Team Trees, a fundraising drive taking action against deforestation. PewDiePie, famous for his 'Let’s Play' videos is one of the most influential YouTubers. He was rated among the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in 2016.

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