PewDiePie has called for the ‘Sub to PewDiePie’ meme to end in a heartfelt video on his channel.
The video, entitled “Ending the Subscribe to Pewdiepie Meme,” has racked up over six million views in less than 24 hours (at the time of writing) and isn’t even 10:01 minutes long so yeah, it’s pretty serious.
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In the video, PewDiePie talks frankly about the meme, and how it started as something positive but has since spiralled out of control.
Pewds mentions a couple of the negative instances in which the meme had been used maliciously, including it being spray-painted on a World War 2 memorial, and – of course – the use of it before the terrorist attacks which took place last month in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Although saying he’s been “humbled” at the fanbase for its zany and creative ways to promote the meme, he adds he “doesn’t want hateful acts to overpower all the amazing things people are doing.”
Speaking of the Christchurch attack specifically, PDP says: “to have my name associated with something so unspeakably vile has affected me in more ways than I let show,” before adding that he didn’t speak out sooner as he didn’t want to turn it into something about him rather than the victims of the tragedy.
It’s not just the negativity from the meme itself that Pewds takes issue with in the video. He also speaks – for the first time – about the legal issues happening in India because of his two diss tracks against T-Series.
“[The] High Court in India demands [my diss tracks] are gonna be blocked and removed. This was all made to be fun, but it’s clearly not fun anymore. It’s clearly gone too far,” says Pewds.
Sitting at 1.3 million likes at the time of writing, it’s clear that PDP fans are more than happy to support Pewds’ wishes.
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