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Our third channel is the Swedish YouTuber, who currently owns the second-most subscribed channel on YouTube, and has held the No. 1 rank multiple times.
Subscribers: 107 million
Views: 26,052,471,849 BILLION!
Joined: August 29, 2010
Description: I make videos.
AGE: 16 and up
Length of Videos: 12-15 minutes
Language: Yes! His earlier videos are not edited. His recent ones have most of the swear words bleeped out, with the only one surviving censorship being the one phrase I don’t want my kids to ever use, God D***it!
Violence: Mostly video game violence. PewDiePie was known early in his YouTube career for his reactions to horror videos. My apologies, I can’t even sit through Criminal Minds, so I didn’t dive into a lot of those videos.
Sexual Content: Let’s see, I watched about a dozen videos one, “There Are No Accidents…” had sexual content in almost every snippet. It was awkward, it was inappropriate, it was all over, and I was shocked to know that my 9-year-old may be exposed to this stuff earlier than need be.
Positive Messages: Uh … in some videos if he laughs he donates to another Twitcher? Does that count?
When I hear the name PewDiePie my first reaction is to immediately start singing “Cutie Pie” a 1982 song performed by One Way (and since I didn’t have any idea who sang the song, and like to consider my knowledge of R&B music above average, I imagine this was their lone hit).
PewDiePie, or Felix Kjellberg, was named in 2016 by Time as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People. He’s said to have an “Oprah Effect”, which I didn’t know was a real thing but makes perfect sense now, where every game he plays is an automatic boost in sales.
I had heard this dude’s name come up in my house for years. However, I never cared enough to check why my kids were watching him, so left it alone and now I’m a little upset at myself.
Let’s see, in the 10 years he’s been on YouTube he’s made rape jokes, joked he was joining ISIS, posted anti-Sematic videos, dropped the N-word on someone, forced Disney and YouTube (briefly) to cut ties with him, mentioned his new microphone made him look “extremely homosexual“…shall I continue? Not stuff I was excited to read about, or come across in my viewings.
He’s constantly competed against an Indian channel called T-Series, for the No. 1 most-subscribed channel. His two biggest videos are his diss videos about the channel called “bitch lasagna” and “Congratulations“, that caused him to be banned in India. I know, I know it’s a parody but I’m writing this for parents, by parents, and despite it being a joke, the amount of swearing and insults doesn’t excite me to have my elementary school child watch him.
He’s so adored by YouTube viewers, that when he tried to playfully compete for the No. 1 spot he started a “Subscribe to PewDiePie” campaign. Heck, our man Mr. Beast even bought a ton of billboards to promote him. It was hugely popular, but was not without controversy, as the phrase was used to deface a World War II memorial, and a gunman shouted it while killing at least 49 people in two New Zealand mosques.
I’m going to stop there. I don’t blame him for his fans stupidity, like I didn’t blame Eminem for school shootings.
Parents, we need to step up, we can’t blame the YouTuber, we can only blame ourselves for allowing our kids to be subjected to this nonsense, and not being proactive in what they watch, and then talking to them about the things they are viewing.
I’m not against his crude, or insensitive humor, some of my favorite comedians are extremely offensive. But I don’t allow my 9-year-old son, or 12-year-old daughter to watch them.
Kids are looking up to these YouTubers as role models. Yes, they are. If you read my Flamingo review you read that my 9-year-old said he wanted to be like him. Where have I gone wrong?
PewDiePie has seemed to be on the forefront of these “Let’s Play” YouTube videos, which has made millionaires out of kids that dropped out of school to record themselves gaming full-time.
This is the part where I actually admire these YouTubers.
They are making a ton of money – PewDiePie made $13 million last year – doing what they love to do. That’s exactly what I preach to my kids. Do what you love to do, and if you make money doing it, double bonus for you!
They also give a lot of their money away via charitable donations. I mean, he may donate amounts based on non-kid-friendly numbers (he donated $69,420 to Team Trees in 2019), but he’s still doing charitable work.
Variety detailed that Kjellberg, “acts like he’s spending time with a friend” and he was described by various outlets as goofy, energetic, and obnoxious.
My writing has often been described as though I’m talking to a friend. I’m often called goofy, and though I’m not extremely energetic, my jokes can often be insensitive and obnoxious.
As I wrote in my Mr. Beast review, I feel like I grew up 20 years too late, though I doubt I would’ve had the motivation to do what these dudes have done. Again, kudos to these YouTubers.
In recap, I actually found his non-gaming videos amusing. I don’t consider myself a prude, as I said, some of them amused me, but for pre-teens this is definitely not the channel you want your kids to be watching.
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