"Old school media does not like internet personalities because they're scared of us" says star YouTuber
PewDiePie has responded to the furore surrounding recent anti-semitic jokes and the news that he had been dropped by Disney-owned Maker Studios as a result. It's probably not the shame-faced apology you're expecting, more a rant against the "old school media" that he believes is misrepresenting him.
"The more I punch back, the more I get back as well," he says in the 11-minute video. "This year I said to myself was going to be more honest, I'm not going to keep smiling to the media. I'm going to be more open about things and I knew there was going to be a price to pay for that. I thought, you know what, it's worth it."
During the video the 27 year-old also laments that his charity work isn't recognized and only vaguely acknowledges that he's made a mistake. While defending the stunts as jokes he refers to himself as a "rookie comedian," admits that the joke may have gone too far but also blames the Wall Street Journal for taking his "jokes" out of context.
To accompany the video he posted a response on Tumblr:
"I think it’s important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes," he writes.
"I make videos for my audience. I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary. I know my audience understand that and that is why they come to my channel. Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive. As laughable as it is to believe that I might actually endorse these people, to anyone unsure on my standpoint regarding hate-based groups: No, I don’t support these people in any way."
Towards the end of the video PewDiePie raises a middle-finger to his detractors. "I'm still here, I'm still making videos, nice try Wall Street Journal. Try again motherfuckers."