New Zealand mosque shooting: YouTuber PewDiePie reacts to gunman mentioning his name, says he feels 'absolutely sickened'
PewDiePie has been known for his controversial content and was 'praised' by one of the gunmen before the attack took place.
YouTube sensation PewDiePie has chosen to respond after one of the gunmen praised him, just a while before he opened fire. Around 40 people have lost their lives after two massacres at mosques in Christchurch.
In the gunman's live stream, he can be seen parking his car near the Hagley Park mosque and then taking two guns and walking a short distance towards the entrance of the building. The gunman can be heard saying "let's get this party started" as he approaches the mosque. He can also be heard saying, "Remember lads, subscribe to pewdiepie," referring to the YouTube star who is known for his controversial content.
Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch.— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) March 15, 2019
I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person.
My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.
PewDiePie's real name is Felix Kjellberg is a 29-year-old YouTuber and comedian who boasts of around 89 million subscribers. In response to the gunman's praise, PewdiePie took to Twitter to say, "Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch. I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families, and everyone affected by this tragedy."
Many of his fans and followers are very supportive of him and are insisting that he is not to be blamed for the attack. One fan commented saying, "Absolutely horrible news. I also can't imagine how it makes you feel with him saying your name. Those that watch you, know you had nothing to do with it. For those that don't, I hope they read this tweet, and not the media right away like most do."
While another fan commented saying, "I can not stress enough that you should take a break and go to some far off place for a vacation if you can. Your life is going to be hell for awhile. It’s ok to run sometimes." A third supporter added, "Please don’t blame yourself or anything like that man, anyone with a brain knows it has nothing to do with you."
The controversial YouTuber has previously been accused of promoting racism and also anti-semitism. In a 2017 video, it appeared he was using the racial slur "n****r".
The deadly mass shootings in Christchurch on Friday saw the massacre of around 49 people while 20 people were reported injured. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".
She also acknowledged the fact that the majority of whom were affected may be migrants and refugees. "We have undoubtedly experienced an attack today that is unprecedented, unlike anything that we have experienced before. But, as I say, New Zealand has been chosen because we are not a place where violent extremism exists. We reject those notions and we must continue to reject them. This is not an enclave for that kind of behavior, for that kind of ideology."
"We will and must reject it. This is a place where people should feel secure and will feel secure. I am not going to let this change New Zealand's profile, none of us should," she further added.
The mosques in Deans Avenue and Linwood Avenue had been targeted in the attack after which the police have urged and suggested that mosques across New Zealand to close their doors in light of the brutal mass killing.