Disney Drops YouTube Star PewDiePie for Featuring anti-Semitic, Nazi Content

PewDiePie, the man behind the most-viewed YouTube channel, says videos only meant as joke.

YouTube star Felix Kjellberg.
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Disney severed its ties with the world's most-viewed YouTube star after content that he published was found to contain anti-Semitic and Nazi references, according to the BBC.

PewDiePie – who goes in real life by the name of Felix Kjellberg – is behind the most-viewed YouTube channel, with over 14 billion video views.

In one video, two men paid by Kjellberg are shown holding up a sign reading "Death to all Jews." Other videos display Kjellberg doing the Nazi salute, swastikas, and the Nazi Party anthem, the BBC noted.

Kjellberg has refuted allegations of anti-Semitism, saying the content was featured as a joke.

"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 posted on his blog. "Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive."

Kjellberg worked in partnership with media company Maker Studios, which is owned by Disney. Following the decision to cut ties with the YouTube star, Maker Studios said that "Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate."