The feud between PewDiePie and T-Series fans has gotten ugly but the YouTuber is fighting hate with positivity.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of the friendly feud between Indian music record label and film production company T-Series and PewDiePie. The race to the top seemed like an entertaining way for PewDiePie to engage with fans, grow his audience, and collaborate with other YouTubers. Influencers like Markiplier, Mr. Beast, Justin Roberts, and many fans have been pulling major stunts to keep PewDiePie the most followed channel on the platform but things suddenly took an ugly turn. The YouTuber noticed that his fanbase was leaving racist comments underneath videos that are in favor of T-Series’ success. PewDiePie’s response was surprising. He decided to start a GoFundMe for Indian NGO CRY.
“Everyone is just so invested in [PewDiePie vs T-Series] but there’s a part of this that I really, really don’t like. And it’s a shame because it isn’t the vast majority of people. But sometimes in these comments — and you guys have told me this as well — you see comments such as ‘F–k Indians.'”
PewDiePie goes on to share that he feels that the racist remarks are “really unnecessary and distasteful.” He does reveal that he has made racial jokes in the past but these harsh comments don’t accurately reflect what he and his fanbase stand for.
“And I obviously made Indian jokes in the past and stuff like that but I do that [to] all countries and this is not what I’m about. And I know my fanbase isn’t about this either. I’m getting more attention now than I’ll probably ever get and I feel really weird about it as well. Why not just take that fact and redirect it to something more positive.”
PewDiePie has surpassed his original goal of £150,000 on GoFundMe as he has currently raised £156,567. The organization, Child Rights and You (CRY), aims to restore children’s rights since it’s inception in 1979 by Rippan Kapur. To donate to CRY head to the official GoFundMe page here.