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By now, most people have at least heard of PewDiePie on YouTube. For the longest time, he was, & probably still is, the most subscribed to person on YouTube.

Recently the Wall Street Journal posted an article calling him an anti-semite, by selectively cherry-picking bits & pieces of several videos & taking them completely out of context. This resulted in a massive backlash against him, until it was proven that PewDiePie was not anti-semetic, but was merely conducting a social experiment to see how far people would go to do outlandish things for $5, aka, Fivver.

Because of all that, PewDiePie has lost tons of advertisers, & even lost a lucrative deal with Disney. With all the outrage from the recent Presidential Election surrounding fake news & tabloid journalism, it seems like we are seeing a resurgence of Yellow Journalism that plagued the news industry from the last 1800's to the early 1900's.

With traditional print media in its death throes, more & more old time newspaper companies are resorting to outlandish & inappropriate means to try & stave off bankruptcy for one more fiscal period. This is the kind of danger that Donald Trump was talking about when he blatantly shut down the CNN Reporter, calling his outfit fake news.

If an outfit as respected as the Wall Street Journal is resorting to these tactics, it may be time to tighten up on the libel & slander laws in the US.
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He's likely within his right to file suite, though he's going to have a hell of a time proving libel on a report about a 'social experiment'. Doubly so if it's an op-ed piece.

Comparing it to Trump's tantrums over his media coverage doesn't help the case.
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It's interesting, though I don't think he is an anti-semite PewDiePie repeatedly went back to Nazism to almost spite the people who reacted heavily. I think he is entitled to his freedom of speech and I think he can say what he want (though, let's be honest, the jokes weren't that funny) but you also have to understand that if you're working with companies like Disney you're playing with fire when you do things like that. I'm sure they were aware of his comments, they were just hoping they didn't go public.

I will say that I found the summation of his character by the WSJ to be a bit disingenuous. It sounds like they were looking for dramatic page hits.

But seriously, if you guys want this shit to stop you should go pay for a subscription to your favorite newspaper. Tabloidism is now fucking everywhere.

EDIT: Btw, Trump isn't some harbinger of bipartisan ideals... Beibart has a front row seat for the press administration and InfoWar's is often used as a source by him. It doesn't get more partisan then that.
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He crossed the line with this not so little stunt; fake news is all that supports him. If he sues, hope he gets sued ...and looses like he deserves too.
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You should have the right to joke about anything or nothing. He did nothing wrong. If anything what he did showed how much our system is based around money considering he was trying to see how far people would go for money.
Posted 2/16/17 , edited 2/16/17
He should be sued for being a traitor.
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CronoT wrote:

By now, most people have at least heard of PewDiePie on YouTube. For the longest time, he was, & probably still is, the most subscribed to person on YouTube.


Sorry, but absolutely 0 idea on whom ur talking about. I don't follow "YouTube Personalities", never have and probably never will.


Based upon the description of your post, it sounds like he is effectively trolling, he gets what he deserves therefore. "Social Experiment" is just leetspeek for troll. Joking about bad things, is by itself bad thing.

That being said, I perhaps should investigate further for more complete analysis. Nevertheless, /costoffreedom as it were...
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You should have the right to joke about anything or nothing. He did nothing wrong. If anything what he did showed how much our system is based around money considering he was trying to see how far people would go for money.


Funny thing, he's perfectly free to joke about whatever he wants without government intervention, up until it incites violence or harm at least. That doesn't make him free from disagreement or companies pulling their endorsements because they don't agree with him, nor is anyone obligated to give him a free platform to say whatever he wants. 'Free speech' is not a right to impose opinions or jokes upon others with no discourse.
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Posted 2/16/17 , edited 2/16/17
While I laugh at the social experiment excuse he is purportedly hiding behind (Let us face it, most of those people who would do it would do it for the "Lulz") a lot of news is bullshit, you are correct.

STILL....I would have to see the article, and Trump is a big crybaby. Why compare?
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He crossed the line with this not so little stunt; fake news is all that supports him. If he sues, hope he gets sued ...and looses like he deserves too.


what did he do?
Haven't been up to date with it all.
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dougeprofile wrote:

He crossed the line with this not so little stunt; fake news is all that supports him. If he sues, hope he gets sued ...and looses like he deserves too.


what did he do?
Haven't been up to date with it all.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzEt8U3Of2k/url]
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Not really. I saw the video of what happened and while I believe that he really isn't anti-Semitic I don't think he was very smart in what he chose to do either. Someone already said it above but when you are working with a company like Disney you should know there are things that will not be tolerated regardless of what the purpose or reasoning behind the action is. He obviously was not connected to companies who approve of "social experiments" like the one he did and he should have known that before doing it. If I was earning the kind of money he was through that kind of thing I would be examining everything I did that could/would be seen publicly because everything whether it be posted in a video or a picture taken of me while out on a walk will still be connected back to those companies and their own image. He is just getting what he deserves but it won't be the end for him. Some advertisers will probably return and new ones will sign up.
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i feel like he wont because he already has tons of things on his plate lmao but he totally could
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Posted 2/16/17 , edited 2/16/17
From what I can see all wsj did was point out publicly available and pertinent information. Are we gonna sue journalists for actually doing their jobs now?
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Posted 2/16/17 , edited 2/16/17
Okay so there's 2 things that can be said here:

While he does have the right to say what ever he wants, people do have the right to react or feel the way they want about his jokes/statements. All things have consequences.

He also works for a company, under which he has contract. If the company feels that he has violated these terms, they can terminate him. There is also the fact that he is also representing this company, and any negative publicity he generates is also associated with this company, so they can also terminate him based on this, as it can be seen as harmful to this companies brand/reputation.
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