PewDiePie Releases Diss Track Aimed At Kids’ Channel, YouTube Removes It For Harassment
YouTube has removed a recent PewDiePie video that featured a diss track targeting Cocomelon, a kids’ channel that specializes in 3D animation videos, for violating cyberbullying and child safety guidelines.
In the video, PewDiePie, also known as Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, bashes the channel’s content and makes fun of its underage audience. The Swedish YouTuber also hurls obscenities, saying, “your audience is just a bunch of motherf*cking virgins,” which violates YouTube guidelines by using offensive language in a video that features children.
At the end of the video, PewDiePie hands out plastic weapons to the kids, encouraging them to attack a melon. YouTube removed the video because it contains images that are inappropriate for children and “harms the YouTube community by persistently inciting hostility between creators for financial gain,” the company tweeted.
“Our policies prohibit content that leads to repeated patterns of harassment on- and off-platform,” a spokesperson for YouTube told The Verge. “Following a review, we’ve removed the video in question for violating those policies because they had the effect of encouraging abusive fan behavior.”
The company is currently monitoring the platform to ensure that re-uploads of the video are taken down. YouTube has enacted strict policies regarding kids’ content in recent years, prohibiting videos featuring sexual themes, violence, or obscenity that include children.
PewDiePie apparently took aim at Cocomelon as a result of the channel’s extraordinary growth. By mid-December, Cocomelon had surpassed 100 million subscribers. On February 8, PewDiePie said he was working on a diss track that targeted Cocomelon. The video was released a week later and remained active for several days before YouTube deleted it.
On February 17, PewDiePie posted a video titled I Love Kids in which he said, “I saw this as the finale. I am not going to continue with it because 1) it wouldn’t be funny and 2) I don’t actually care about Cocomelon.”
The 31-year-old content creator is no stranger to controversy. In 2018, he released Bitch Lasagna, a diss track aimed at Indian Bollywood studio T-Series after his fans noted that the studio was set to become the most subscribed to channel on YouTube.
PewDiePie eventually rejected a “subscribe to PewDiePie” meme after the phrase was repeated by Brenton Harrison Tarran, the white supremacist who murdered more than 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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