Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sweden: YouTube star pays people to hold up "Death to all Jews" sign

Via IB Times:
YouTube's biggest star has caused fresh controversy after encouraging a couple of performers to dance while displaying a banner calling for "DEATH TO ALL JEWS".

PewDiePie, who has more than 52 million subscribers, posted the video on his popular YouTube channel on Wednesday (11 January).

It saw the Swedish web-based comedian, real name Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, pay for two scantily clad performers to engage in a short dance routine featuring a struggle over a rolled scroll that they then unfurl to reveal the hateful message.

PewDiePie, 27, who reportedly made more than $15m last year, had paid the duo to perform the controversial stunt using the website Fiverr, which allows people to sell any service for five dollars.

The performers, who call themselves "funnyguys", advertise that they will paint any message on their body in exchange for money while dancing in the jungle.

While many choose their own name or a funny message, PewDiePie jokingly asked the pair to display: "DEATH TO ALL JEWS".

He published the resulting clip, showing them dancing and laughing while holding the antisemitic message above their heads, on his YouTube channel.

While some fans found the clip funny, others said the star had gone too far.
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