YouTube’s controversial Pewdiepie is at it again. If his new years resolution was to get more negative press than he did in 2016, he’s off to a great start. Fresh off the heals of dropping the N bomb in a recent video, Pewpiedie has now paid kids to hold up a certain sign.
There’s a website called Fiverr, and on that site you can pay people to do all sorts of crazy and strange things for $5. It’s generally used for things like getting somebody to create an intro for your Youtube channel, to make a catchy little theme, or do any number of other small tasks.
Pewdiepie found a ‘gig’ on the site where two kids will dance around, fighting over a sign, then they’ll finally unfold it to reveal a message. Typically, you’d use this to say “Happy Birthday Steve” or “Subscribe To My Channel”, but Pewdiepie paid them to write “DEATH TO ALL JEWS”.
“I am sorry. I didn’t think they would actually do it. I feel partially responsible.” – Pewdiepie
Many of the service providers on Fiverr come from countries that aren’t very well-off financially, where $5 USD (closer to $4 after Fiverr takes their cut) goes a lot further than it does in other countries. If they work really hard, they can earn a decent amount of money to support themselves. Some of them don’t speak English as a first language, and don’t necessarily know what all of their signs mean.
It appears that either Pewdiepie’s fiverr account, or the gig that he had originally ordered, were taken down. If the gig itself is banned from Fiverr, that’s really unfortunate for the people who were just trying to make a few bucks, that were hired for Pewdiepie’s prank.
“I am supporting businesses.” – Pewdiepie
Let’s assume they weren’t even sure what the sign meant, and they probabally had no idea that it was going to be featured on the world’s largest Youtube channel, and were just trying to fulfill another customer’s order like they do day in and day out. Now, they’re out of business, they’ve lost their livelihood because Pewdiepie wanted to pull a $5 prank.
“I don’t feel good, I don’t feel too proud of this, I’m not going to lie. I’m not anti-Semitic or whatever it’s called. It was a funny meme, and I didn’t think it would work… I swear, I love jews. I love them.” – Pewdiepie