After enough flags, Paul’s video was manually reviewed but deemed acceptable enough to remain on the site, despite re-uploaded mirrors resulting in strikes against the account. The video was later deleted — notably not by YouTube, but Paul himself.
For many netizens, this was the first big YouTuber debacle they’d come across — Logan Paul was, and still is, a beloved idol to many young children, and with 15 million subscribers, he had established himself as a household name. But for those of us in the gaming community, our memory runs a bit deeper.
For those who may not have heard, PewDiePie, real name Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, is the most successful YouTuber in the history of the platform. In 2013, the Swedish YouTuber received $4 million from his videos, and by 2014, he practically doubled that sum. With nearly 60 million subscribers, 16.7 billion video views, and estimated yearly earnings of up to $11 million, PewDiePie is living the dream as a content creator in the video game sphere.
Due to his wild success, PewDiePie must have assumed he could do no wrong; this thinking may have been what prompted his foolish bravery when it came to his now infamous Fiverr stream. In a misguided effort to highlight the crazy things one could purchase from the website, the YouTuber streamed himself purchasing a gig from two men in India, who promised to record themselves dancing while waving a sign chosen by the buyer.
PewDiePie would later take to social media, explaining that he was“trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online”. His shock in the video, he said, was genuine, as he didn’t believe they would actually go forward with the offensive message.
…making YouTube’s seemingly preferential reaction to Paul’s video downright infuriating.
Through its parent company, Google, YouTube made it clear that such offensive, racist content towards Jews and Blacks would not be tolerated — and rightfully so. But as some netizens have pointed out, Paul’s video was not just insensitive and disrespectful to a dead person, but to entire Asian cultures the world over. The racist undertones cannot be ignored.
This begs the question: why did YouTube respond strongly to PewDiePie, but weakly to Logan Paul? PewDiePie’s actions are indefensible, but a dead person being broadcast to millions of subscribers — predominately children — should warrant an equal or greater response.
Heather Johnson Yu Born at a very young age; self-made thousandaire. Recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things. Covered in cat hair. Probably the best sleeper in the world. Still haven't completed the civil war quest in Skyrim but I'm kind of okay with that. Too rad to be sad.
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