PewDiePie Claims Wall Street Journal Tried to Get Him “Fired From YouTube”
PewDiePie has released another video regarding his ongoing feud with the Wall Street Journal, claiming that the publication effectively tried to get him “fired from YouTube” by attempting to demonetize his videos.
Speaking in a video titled ‘How About That…’ PewDiePie continues to discuss the fallout from the Wall Street Journal‘s report on the YouTuber, in which the media outlet contacted Disney’s Maker Studios and YouTube in order to make them aware of controversial videos the 27-year-old had posted. One of the videos, which depicted him paying two men from the online freelancer marketplace Fiverr to hold up a sign reading “Death To All Jews,” ultimately led to Maker Studios terminating their affiliation with him and YouTube cancelling the second season of his reality show, Scare PewDiePie.
But now PewDiePie has accused Wall Street Journal of trying to get his videos on YouTube demonetized, which would prevent him from being able to earn money on the site and effectively kill his channel. “I didn’t want to say this because it didn’t feel necessary, but there wasn’t just pressure to get my show cancelled,” he said. “Along with other brands that I work with that they reached out to, YouTube also had pressure to demonetize my entire channel, essentially getting me fired. Luckily, my videos do not go against community guidelines, so they didn’t, but they tried.”
He then went on to suggest that Wall Street Journal should fire Ben Fritz, one of three reporters who posted the initial story regarding Maker Studios dropping the YouTuber, but who has received the biggest backlash online. Fritz has also been hounded on Twitter in the wake of the report, with Ethan Klein of the popular YouTube channel h3h3productions tweeting “please resign” at the journalist.
— Ethan Klein (@h3h3productions) February 24, 2017
PewDiePie also included a list of the Wall Street Journal‘s sponsors in the video, implying that he and his viewers should contact them in order to complain about the publication. “I think we need to talk to their sponsors about this, not Wall Street Journal themselves,” he said, referencing his claim that the outlet failed to contact him before reaching out to Maker Studios and YouTube. He then displayed a list of their sponsors for his viewers to see, adding: ” I realise how childish I sound, [but] it’s just to illustrate this point.”
We have reached out to the Wall Street Journal for comment. Watch the video below: