Disney, YouTube Cut Ties With Internet Star PewDiePie Over Anti-Semitic Videos


(CelebrityAccess) — Both Disney's Maker Studios and YouTube have severed their business connection with one of the streaming video service's biggest Stars PewDiePie over a series of anti-Semitic videos.

According to the Wall Street Journal, PewDiePie, AKA Felix Kjellberg, posted nine videos in the past 6 months that included either anti-Semetic remarks, or Nazi imagery, including one where he paid a man to record himself while holding up a sign that read "Death To All Jews."

Kjellberg, a 27-year-old Swede, who became known for videos of himself playing video games or performing skits, had amassed more than 53 million subscribers and had secured multi-million dollar content deals with YouTube and Disney.

“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,” a spokeswoman for Disney's Maker Studios told the Wall Street Journal.

On Sunday, Kjellberg appeared to try to walk the controversy back, taking to web blogging site Tumblr to note that he doesn't' support "any kind of hateful attitudes."