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PewDiePie’s Anti-Semitic Videos Put YouTube’s Business in a Bind
What do you do when your biggest star thinks making light of the Holocaust is satire? The post PewDiePie’s Anti-Semitic Videos Put YouTube's Business in a Bind appeared first on WIRED .
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Disney drops PewDiePie over anti-Semitic YouTube videos - CNET
The world's biggest YouTuber gets cut loose from Disney after posting a series of videos with anti-Semitic content to his channel.
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YouTube, Disney end deals with PewDiePie after anti-semitic videos video - CNET
The YouTube superstar soured business relationships after posting multiple videos that featured antisemitism and Nazi imagery.
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466 d ago
YouTube, Disney ditch PewDiePie over anti-Semitic content
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - YouTube and Walt Disney Co have cut their ties with influential Swedish social media star PewDiePie after he posted a series of videos deemed anti-Semitic.
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466 d ago
Disney Drops YouTube Star PewDiePie for Posting Anti-Semitic Content
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466 d ago
PewDiePie’s YouTube Red series gets cancelled after vlogger posts anti-Semitic content
 YouTube says it’s cancelling the second season of vlogger star PewDiePie’s reality show, and has booted his channel from its premium advertising program. The announcement comes shortly after news that Disney’s Maker Studios was severing ties with PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, after he posted a series of videos featuring anti-Semitic clips and… Read More
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466 d ago
YouTube, Disney come down hard on PewDiePie after anti-Semitic stunt
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A couple of big names are severing ties with Felix Kjellberg, otherwise known as PewDiePie on YouTube. The Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's Maker Studios dropped PewDiePie from its company, which had previously partnered with the YouTube creator to make the entertainment network Revelmode. Shortly after that announcement, Variety reported that YouTube cancelled the second season of Scare PewDiePie, the YouTube Red show starring Kjellberg, and dropped PewDiePie from Google Preferred, one of the company's advertising programs for top-tier brands and talent.
All of this follows PewDiePie's video posted last month in which he paid two Indian men to hold up a sign that said "Death to all Jews." He did this using a site called Fiverr , a freelance website that lets anyone pay for a variety of services—including graphic design and programming—for just $5. One of the services listed at the time was for Funny Guys, a comedy duo consisting of the two Indian men who would hold up a sign with anything written on it for $5.
After the initial backlash toward PewDiePie's video, the YouTube creator posted a follow-up video in which he says he didn't think the men would actually hold up such an offensive sign. Fiverr banned Funny Guys after the incident; the duo said they didn't understand what the sign meant at the time. PewDiePie apologized while asking Fiverr to reinstate the men to its website, claiming he felt "partially responsible." He also responded to the controversy on his Tumblr page this weekend, defending his channel as "entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary," but he also admitted that his previous actions were "ultimately offensive." PewDiePie is no stranger to offensive content, as most of his videos showcase his bombastic sense of humor, but that hasn't stopped 53 million people from subscribing to his channel.
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466 d ago
Disney Cuts Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts
Disney said it was severing ties with Felix Kjellberg, a top star with 53 million subscribers to his "PewDiePie" YouTube channel, after he posted videos in which he makes anti-Semitic jokes or imagery.
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466 d ago
YouTube follows Disney in severing ties with PewDiePie over antisemitic videos
Video site cancels reality series Scare PewDiePie and vlogger’s membership of premium advertising programme, but won’t shut down his channel
YouTube is cutting its ties with star video-maker PewDiePieafter criticism of his use of Nazi imagery and antisemitism as props for shock humour.
The video site has cancelled the second season of PewDiePie’s reality show, Scare PewDiePie, and removed his channel from a premium advertising programme following the revelations.
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466 d ago
YouTube cuts business ties with PewDiePie, one of its biggest stars, over anti-Semitic videos (GOOG, GOOGL)
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YouTube is breaking up with one of its most popular stars after it was discovered that he posted videos with Nazi references and anti-Semitic content.
YouTube canceled its YouTube Red original show starring Felix Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, after the Disney-owned online video network Maker Studios made a similar move on Monday.
A YouTube representative confirmed to Business Insider. We've also reached out to Kjellberg for comment.
Disney ended its relationship with Kjellberg after The Wall Street Journal asked the company about Kjellberg's videos . The Journal found nine videos produced and starring Kjellberg that had anti-Semitic or Nazi content.
Kjellberg's show, "Scare PewDiePie," was a YouTube original accessible through the company's subscription service, YouTube Red. The show was about to premiere its second season. YouTube is also removing Kjellberg from Google's preferred advertising program, which helps the platform's most popular personalities attract bigger advertisers.
Kjellberg's personal YouTube page is still live, but some of the controversial videos no longer have ads running against them. His other videos still have ads from YouTube's auction service, but advertisers have the option to opt out from having their ads displayed against Kjellberg's videos. Season one of "Scare PewDiePie" is also available, and it is unclear if YouTube will decide to take it down.
This is a big blow not only to Kjellberg, but to YouTube itself as it works to drive subscriptions for YouTube Red, which costs $10 a month and offers an ad-free experience along with original programming. YouTube Red needs the leverage of giant stars like Kjellberg to attract more paying users.
Kjellberg is the highest-earning YouTube personality, reportedly bringing in $15 million in 2016 . He has over 53 million subscribers on his YouTube page . He became famous by posting videos of himself playing video games and adding goofy commentary.
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466 d ago
YouTube cancels PewDiePie show after anti-Semitic jokes
Google's YouTube has decided to cancel the second season of PewDiePie 's reality show.
The move takes place hours after Disney, and its digital entertainment firm Maker Studios, cut ties with the Swedish vlogger after learning a handful of his videos contain anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi imagery.
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Last month, PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, posted a video which included an image of two shirtless men laughing as they held a banner that read “Death to all Jews.” 
In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said:  “We’ve decided to cancel the release of ‘Scare PewDiePie’ season 2 and we’re removing the PewDiePie channel from Google Preferred.” Read more...
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466 d ago
YouTube sensation PewDiePie loses Disney deal as a result of anti-Semitic imagery
Disney has cut ties with YouTube sensation Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg after he incorporated anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi references into several of his videos.
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466 d ago
Disney severs ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over antisemitic videos
YouTuber with 53 million subscribers posted videos featuring antisemitic jokes and Nazi imagery, including two men holding a ‘Death to All Jews’ sign
The Walt Disney Company has severed ties with YouTube’s biggest star PewDiePie after he posted a series of videos featuring antisemitic comments.
PewDiePie , real name Felix Kjellberg, is a 27-year-old Swede who built a huge fanbase making opinionated videos, mostly about video games. With more than 53 million subscribers on YouTube, Kjellberg has turned his videos into a lucrative business, earning more than $14m per year from advertising, sponsorship and appearance fees.
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466 d ago
Disney Severs Ties With PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Videos
Disney has cut ties with YouTube personality Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg in the wake of anti-Semitic content found on his channel.
According to a review from the Wall Street Journal , nine of Kjellberg's videos contained anti-Semitic imagery, including Nazi salutes, swastikas, and shots of Hitler. One video included someone dressed as Jesus Christ, saying "Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong." Using freelancing site Fiverr, Kjellberg also commissioned an Indian comedy duo to hold up a sign that read "Death to All Jews," while laughing.
Some viewers may find the linked video disturbing .
In a response to the controversy, Kjellberg posted to Tumblr , stating he was "trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online. I picked something that seemed absurd to me—That people on Fiverr would say anything for five dollars." He took pains to state that he in no way supports "any kind of hateful attitudes," and thinks it laughable that anyone would believe he would endorse hate-based groups. "I make videos for my audience," he wrote, "I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary. I know my audience understand that and that is why they come to my channel. Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive." The post closes with "thanks for reading," without any form of concrete apology.
Disney's partnership with Kjellberg was extended via Maker Studios, a video production company acquired by the entertainment giant in 2014. Kjellberg was given co-ownership of the multi-channel network Revelmode as part of the deal. In a statement to the WSJ, a Maker Studios spokesperson said "Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate." The spokesperson said Kjellberg had full editorial independence as part of the deal, and that "Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward."
Jonathan Vick of the Anti-Defamation League told the WSJ that even pretending to espouse hateful views does damage. "Just putting it out there brings it more and more into the mainstream," he said.
YouTube has thus far declined to comment.
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466 d ago
Disney cuts ties with PewDiePie, YouTube’s top star, over anti-Semitic clips
 Disney has cut ties with YouTube’s most popular star after he posted a series of videos featuring anti-Semitic clips and messages. PewDiePie has 53 million subscribers on YouTube, is part of original content network YouTube Red, and is affiliated with Disney’s MakerStudios brand, where he has his own network. But that latter relationship is now over after the Wall Street… Read More
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Disney’s Maker Studios has cut ties with PewDiePie after the YouTube star posted anti-Semitic videos
One video includes two men unfurling a sign that reads, “Death to all Jews.”
Disney subsidiary Maker Studios has cut ties with leading YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, or “PewDiePie,” over anti-Semitic videos on his channel with 53 million subscribers.
Maker Studios said in a statement:
“Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate. Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward.”
YouTube said in a statement:
We’ve decided to cancel the release of Scare PewDiePie Season 2 and we’re removing the PewDiePie channel from Google Preferred.
In a Jan. 11 video cited by the Wall Street Journal , which first reported the story, two men unfurl a sign that says “Death to all Jews,” then laugh.
PewDiePie removed the Jan. 11 video and two others according to the Journal, which identified nine videos containing anti-Semitic messages and Nazi footage and images.
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Disney severs ties with YouTube star PewDiePie after anti-Semitic posts
Millions of people have watched a Jan. 11 video by YouTube’s biggest star that included two men laughing as they held a banner that read, “Death to all Jews.”
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PewDiePie dropped by Disney and YouTube over anti-Semitic joke videos [updated]

Disney has severed ties with PewDiePie after the YouTube sensation posted numerous videos that contained anti-Semitic jokes in recent months, reports The Wall Street Journal. The publication noted that PewDiePie, aka Felix Kjellberg, had nine videos dating back to August 2016 containing such content on his channel. He’s garnered a following of more than 53 million subscribers over the span of his career. The most recent one, from last month, showed two shirtless men laughing as they held up a banner that read, “Death to All Jews.” PewDie has since removed the clip, but you can see an excerpt from…
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PewDiePie loses Disney deal as a result of anti-Semitic imagery
Disney has cut ties with YouTube sensation Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg after he incorporated anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi references into several of his videos. The move comes after a Wall Street Journal review found that nine of Kjellberg’s videos posted over the last six months featured imagery including swastikas, Nazi salutes, and shots of Hitler. Last month alone, the YouTube star showed a clip of a man dressed as Jesus Christ saying “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong,” and paid two Indian men to hold up a banner reading “Death to All Jews” via freelancing website Fiverr, but Kjellberg has argued that he is not serious in his use of the imagery.
The entertainment giant had a partnership with Kjellberg through Maker Studios, the...
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466 d ago
Disney cuts ties with PewDiePie after anti-Semitic jokes
PewDiePIe's internet trolling has caught up to him.
Mashable has confirmed that Disney, and its digital entertainment firm Maker Studios, has cut ties with the Swedish YouTube star after learning a handful of his videos contain anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi imagery.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news on Monday after publishing an extensive review of PewDiePie's videos.
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After being contacted by The Journal, PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, removed three videos (which collectively had amassed 23 million views) including a Jan. 11 video which included an image of two men laughing as they held a banner that read “Death to all Jews.” Read more...
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Disney has dropped PewDiePie, the world's highest-earning YouTube star, over anti-Semitic videos
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Disney has dropped PewDiePie, the world’s highest-earning YouTube star, after a series of videos that featured anti-Semitic messages, according to The Wall Street Journal.
PewDiePie, a 27 year old from Sweden named Felix Kjellberg, whose foul-mouthed gaming videos have netted him 53 million subscribers, made $15 million in 2016 , according to Forbes. Some of that was a result of a joint venture with Maker Studios, the multi-channel network Disney bought for $675 million in 2014. That joint venture is finished in the wake of these videos, Disney confirmed to Business Insider.
“Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate," a spokeswoman for Maker Studios told Business Insider. "Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward.”
According to a Wall Street Journal review of Kjellberg’s channel, he posted nine videos since August that “include anti-Semitic jokes or Nazi imagery.”
One such video from January 11, since taken down, featured Kjellberg hiring two men to make a sign that read “Death to All Jews,” using the freelancer website Fiverr. Kjellberg later said that video was a joke that had gone too far, and YouTube pulled ads from the video. (YouTube hasn’t pulled ads from any of Kjellberg’s other videos, nor taken any of the videos down, though Kjellberg has himself.)
The situation is further complicated for YouTube, since beyond Kjellberg being its biggest star, he also has a show on YouTube’s $9.99-a-month premium service, YouTube Red, called “ Scare PewDiePie .”
Update: YouTube has killed the second season of "Scare PewDiePie," and removed Kjellberg from its preferred advertising program, which gets popular YouTube stars better ad deals. "We’ve decided to cancel the release of Scare PewDiePie Season 2 and we’re removing the PewDiePie channel from Google Preferred," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.
PewDiePie has not responded to a request for comment.
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It’s hard to make jokes on the internet. It just is. It’s similar to having a conversation with someone over text: It’s easy to miss tone, or sarcasm, or context.
Take my colleague, Business Insider's senior editor Josh Barro. He’s a decent guy, but on Thursday he tweeted this while watching Trump’s press conference. If you don’t have the context of the press conference, this tweet might seem pretty offensive to you!
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Now, as a Jewish man, I do take some offense to this tweet. I know Josh is making a joke here, but the people who share or retweet him might not realize it’s a joke. They might retweet him for the wrong reasons. That’s the part I’m not so okay with. (For the record, Trump had asked the press for a "nice" question and called on a guy from a Jewish publication, who asked about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks, which made Trump angry and said he's "the least anti-Semitic person" ever and the question was "very unfair" as he had been promised a nice question. Hence the sarcastic tweet.)
So again, I'm all for making jokes. But to me, it gets hazy when people agree with the joke without realizing it's a joke. Then, it starts getting messy.
Take YouTube star Pewdiepie. This week, everyone’s been talking about Felix Kjellberg, a.k.a Pewdiepie, after YouTube and Disney cut business ties with the 27-year-old from Sweden after a Wall Street Journal report called out several anti-Semitic/Nazi jokes made by Kjellberg, which, even according to him, were a bit beyond the pale.
YouTube/PewDiePie The original report from The Wall Street Journal found nine videos that contained “anti-Semitic jokes or Nazi imagery.” The Wall Street Journal found these videos and took them to YouTube and Disney, asking them for comment, and as a result, those companies decided to cut ties with him. Other news outlets reblogged The Wall Street Journal's report, and suddenly, people had the impression that Pewdiepie was secretly anti-Semitic.
But having watched several Pewdiepie videos in the past — most recently I watched him play the entirety of “Resident Evil 7” — this accusation seemed off-kilter to me, so I decided to actually watch the videos in question.
Having watched those videos, it is clear to me that the Wall Street Journal (and other news outlets by way of aggregation) reported on those videos in the same way someone could have reported on Josh Barro's tweet above. The report focused on the content of the issue in question without considering the important context surrounding it — context that makes you realize it's just a joke, not a real attack on a group of people.
I’m not here to argue the merit of Pewdiepie's videos or jokes — whether or not they should have been made in the first place, or whether or not Kjellberg was trying to make some kind of point. None of that matters.
Here’s what does matter: If you do watch those videos in their entirety — not just the clips containing the offensive material — it is clear that he is joking.
Now, it's totally acceptable for YouTube and Disney to draw the line in terms of their respective businesses. They can choose whether or not to work with Kjellberg for any reason, and perhaps, over time, those companies will reassess their relationships with Kjellberg, and perhaps all will be settled on those fronts. But this incident is an important reminder that jokes — whether they’re funny or not — aren’t always communicated very well over the internet, and it’s all too easy to get up in arms if you’re missing the context that gives it meaning. It's the same reason people shouldn't get mad at comedians when they say offensive things on stage, but should get mad if those said things are said on the street: Context matters.
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462 d ago Business Insider :: PewDiePie taught YouTube a valuable lesson (GOOG, GOOGL, DIS)
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 YouTube made a big bet in the fall of 2015: Viewers would pay a monthly fee in order to strip ads from the platform's videos and gain access to original shows starring some of the site's biggest personalities.
The idea was to leverage the massive audiences these stars draw into subscribers paying $9.99 per month for exclusive content with a service called YouTube Red.
The strategy is a stark contrast from competing services like Netflix and Amazon that produce polished original shows on par with traditional TV, such as "House of Cards" or "Transparent." If Netflix is the online version of HBO, with its high-quality, scripted programming, then YouTube Red is more like Bravo or MTV with its self-made reality stars.
But this week, YouTube's biggest star Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie to his more than 50 million subscribers, showed the dangers of YouTube's strategy and serves as proof that if YouTube wants to go against the incumbent paid streaming  services, it needs to take a more critical look at the stars it taps to help out. 
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal discovered that nine of Kjellberg's videos featured Nazi and anti-Semitic content, forcing both Disney and YouTube to cut business ties with him. YouTube canceled the second season of Kjellberg's original show on Red and removed him from Google's Preferred ad network, which helps YouTube creators attract higher-paying advertisers. And Disney-owned Maker Studios, which publishes videos from popular stars like Kjellberg, will no longer work with him.
The incident was an incredible fall from grace for the biggest star on YouTube. Kjellberg made an estimated $15 million in 2016 from his YouTube videos, a figure that'll likely drop a lot this year now that he no longer has access to higher-paying advertisers. Kjellberg responded to the controversy  in an 11-minute YouTube video, blaming the media and The Wall Street Journal in particular in a Trump-like tirade.
The real story here is that Kjellberg respresents a new breed of star, one that grew up on the internet, freely posting whatever he wanted. That's fine, and it should be allowed to continue for all the obvious free speech reasons you can think of. But if YouTube wants to turn this kind of talent into something more mainstream in order to drive Red subscriptions, it should take another look at the stars it wants to bring on.
As Wired's Emma Grey Ellis pointed out this week , Kjellberg has a long history of posting insensitive material in his videos, including a discussion about selling people into slavery and comparing SNL actress Leslie Jones to Harambe the gorilla . And as John Herrman of The New York Times wrote, the recent controversy has amplified Kjellberg's charged "jokes" into a rallying cry for the alt-right  and other seedy corners of the internet.
It's a controversy that shouldn't have required inquiries from the WSJ for YouTube and Disney to discover. YouTube is the perfect platform for talent like Kjellberg to emerge, but it's hardly as sanitized as traditional video production. There's no writer. No producer. No agents or handlers. Just the person and their webcam. If anything, YouTube needs a better way to vet these new kinds of stars before it attempts to showcase them in a premium subscription product like Red.
In the short term, removing Kjellberg from YouTube Red may put a slight ding in YouTube's number of subscriptions. He's the most popular star on the paid video service, but he's not the only one. And there are other advantages to Red, such as an ad-free experience on all videos and access to Google Play Music, Google's Spotify competitor.
But the lesson YouTube learned this week is that when you tap talent born on the internet, you run the risk of attracting the worst parts of the internet along with it. And that's not a great foundation to build a new business on.
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464 d ago CNNTrump on anti-Semitism in US: We will stop it
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In response to a question about growing anti-Semitism in the US, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says there is no greater supporter to the Jewish people or the Jewish state than Donald Trump.


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465 d ago Business Insider :: Trump begins answer to question about rise of anti-Semitism by boasting about Electoral College victory
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday boasted about his Electoral College victory when asked about the recent rise of anti-Semitism in the world during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Since your election campaign and even after your victory, we've seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States," a reporter asked. "And I wonder, what do you say to those among the Jewish community in the States and in Israel and maybe around the world who believe your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones."
Trump initially responded by saying he was "very honored" by his Electoral College victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
"Well, I just want to say that we are very honored by the victory we had," he said. "306 Electoral College votes. We were not supposed to crack 220."
"You know that, right?" he continued, looking in the direction of Netanyahu, who was standing next to him. "There was no way to 221 but then they said there was no way to 270. And there's tremendous enthusiasm out there."
Trump then said his administration will bring "peace in this country."
"I will say that we are going to have peace in this country," he said. "We are going to stop crime in this country. We are going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other thing that's going on, because a lot of bad things have taken place over a long period of time."
Circling back to his election, he said one of the reasons he won was "because we have a very, very divided nation."
"Very divided," he continued. "And hopefully, we'll be able to do something about that. And, you know, it was something that was very important to me."
He then touched on the Jewish community, as the reporter had mentioned in his question, saying that, within it, he had "so many friends," in addition to "a daughter who happens to be here right now, a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren."
Trump's daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism prior to marrying Jared Kushner, who is now a senior adviser to Trump.
"I think that you're going to see a lot different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years," Trump continued. "I think a lot of good things are happening, and you're going to see a lot of love. A lot of love."
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463 d ago BBC :: YouTube star PewDiePie rejects anti-Semitism claims
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Disney cut ties with the YouTube star over allegations his videos contained Nazi references.
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463 d ago Business Insider :: 'A very insulting question': Trump snaps at reporter asking about rising anti-Semitism
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President Donald Trump bristled at a reporter's question on Thursday about how he would combat an "uptick in anti-Semitism" across the country, calling it "very insulting" and insisting that he is "the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life."
Jake Turx, who is Jewish, prefaced his question by saying he hadn't seen "anybody in my community accuse either yourself or anyone on your staff of being anti-Semitic."
But he added that the Jewish-American community is "concerned about an uptick in anti-Semitism and how the government is planning to take care of it. There's been a report out that 48 bomb threats have been made against Jewish centers all across the country in the last couple of weeks. There are people committing anti-Semitic acts or threatening to."
Trump cut Turx off and said it was "not a fair question."
"Sit down — I understand the rest of your question," Trump said. "Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism — the least racist person. In fact, we did relatively well, relative to other people running as a Republican ... But let me just tell you something, that I hate the charge. I find it repulsive."
Trump then pointed out that he met Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who told reporters he'd known Trump "for a long time" and to "forget about" reports that Trump was anti-Semitic.
"There is no greater supporter of Israel or the Jewish State than President Donald Trump. I think we can put that to rest," Netanyahu said Wednesday.
"So you should take that," Trump told Turx on Thursday, "instead of having to get up and ask a very insulting question like that. Just shows you about the press, but that's the way the press is."
REUTERS/Carlos BarriaAnother reporter followed up on the question later, reminding Trump that he failed to answer the original question about what he planned to do to address the anti-Semitic threats.
Trump replied, without offering evidence, that "many" of the people making these threats were his political opponents, suggesting that anti-Semitic acts or threats around the country were political maneuvers aimed at undermining him.
The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, has talked about increasing anti-Semitism in the US and Western Europe since mid-2016. Greenblatt told the  Israeli Knesset in December  that "anti-Semitism has wound its way into into mainstream conversations in a manner that many Jews who lived through Nazi Germany find terrifying."
Trump drew ire from the Jewish-American community after he released a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that decried the "horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror" but failed to specifically mention either anti-Semitism or Jews.
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462 d ago CNN :: Trump dodges anti-Semitism questions
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464 d ago GameSpotPewDiePie Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Content, Accuses Media Of Attacking Him
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YouTuber PewDiePie has apologised for his controversial anti-Semitic content. The vlogger has received criticism of late for a two-week old video that involved commissioning a service to make and display a banner that read "Death to all Jews." The subsequent furore led to both Disney and YouTube severing ties with the popular personality.
Now, in a new video titled "My Response," PewDiePie has apologised, saying, "I am sorry for the words I used as I know they offended people and I admit the joke itself went too far."
The vlogger, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, states in the video that the incident was intended "to show how stupid the website is and how far you can push it by paying $5."
"I do strongly believe that you can joke about anything," he continued. "But I also believe there's a right way and not the best way to joke about things. I love to push boundaries but I would consider myself a rookie comedian and I've definitely made mistakes before. But it's always been a growing and learning experience for me. It's something that I've learned to appreciate and I think this whole situation has definitely been that for me. It's something that I'm going to keep in mind moving forward.
"I don't want people to think that I can joke about what I want and it doesn't affect me [because] I'm PewDiePie. I understand these things have consequences. This video is not me trying to justify that."
Take a look at the response below.
Later in the video, PewDiePie claims he has been mistreated by the media, which he accuses of taking what he says "out of context." He claims the Wall Street Journal , which broke the news about Disney and YouTube severing their ties with him, "pushed [the companies] to the corner … cornering them, forcing them to sever ties with me."
"This whole thing … was an attack towards me," he goes on. "It was an attack by the media to discredit me, decrease my influence, and my economic worth.
"If people don't like my jokes, I fully respect that. I understand that. I acknowledge that I took things too far and that's something I will definitely keep in mind moving forward. But the reaction and the outrage has been nothing but insanity.
"Again, it's fine to not agree with a person's sense of humor, but calling me a fascist ... how is that helping anyone? Some people are saying these jokes are normalising hatred."
Kjellberg asserted that his jokes were not normalising hatred, and turned the accusation onto his detractors in the media. "Is there any hate in what I do? No. Absolutely not. Personally, I think they are the ones normalising hatred."
Lastly, the YouTuber hits back at the Wall Street Journal in particular by saying, "I'm still here. I'm still making videos. Nice try Wall Street Journal. Try again motherf***rs."
PewDiePie previously responded to the controversy by stating he in no way supports "any kind of hateful attitudes," and says his channel is not the place to come for serious politics. "I make videos for my audience," he wrote , "I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary. I know my audience understand that and that is why they come to my channel. Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive."
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464 d ago Mashable :: PewDiePie apologizes for anti-Semitic jokes, blames the media for everything
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PewDiePie is the very definition of sorry/not sorry.
The world's top YouTuber (real name Felix Kjellberg) posted a response video Thursday, days after Maker Studios dropped him over The Wall Street Journal's extensive review of the YouTuber's recent videos that found a handful containing anti-Semitic "jokes" and Nazi imagery .
Though PewDiePie does indeed apologize and says his joking went "too far," the video quickly veers into harsh critique of the media, pointing a finger (and crassly giving the finger) at the Journal and several other outlets for what he feels is a sustained campaign of twisting his words and taking his jokes out of context. Read more...
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464 d ago Business Insider :: YouTube star PewDiePie rages against media 'attack' following reports of anti-Semitic jokes in his videos
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In an explosive new video, YouTube star PewDiePie fired back at the Wall Street Journal report that caused both Disney and YouTube to cut ties with him over videos containing anti-Semitic messages.
PewDiePie, a 27-year-old from Sweden whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is known for goofy videos of his joking and yelling while gaming. The videos have netted him 53 million subscribers, and he made $15 million in 2016 , according to Forbes.
But the world's highest-earning YouTube star had a dramatic fall from grace earlier this week when YouTube canceled the second season of his show on its premium service, YouTube Red, and Disney's Maker Studios backed out of a joint venture with him.
These drops came after a Wall Street Journal review of Kjellberg's channel concluded that he had posted nine videos since August that "include anti-Semitic jokes or Nazi imagery."
On Thursday, Kjellberg published a furious response to the report. "It was an attack by the media to try and discredit me, to try and decrease my influence, and my economic worth," he said in a YouTube video.
He characterized the report as part of a pattern of media animosity toward YouTube stars. "The media generally doesn't like us very much ... because they are scared of us," he said.
Kjellberg took significant time to address one particular video, which had received the most criticism. That video, from January 11, since taken down, featured Kjellberg's using the freelancer website Fiverr to hire two men to make a sign that said "Death to All Jews." Fiverr allows users to hire freelancers to perform various tasks for $5. (YouTube pulled ads from the video.)
"My intention was just to show how stupid the website is and how far you could push it by paying five dollars," Kjellberg said.
"A lot of people loved the video, and a lot of people didn't," he said. "And it's almost like two generations of people arguing whether this is OK or not." While he said the joke had gone too far, he apologized for his words only insofar as, "I know they offended people."
Kjellberg didn't blame Disney or YouTube for cutting ties with him, and he said they were forced to do so by the report. Beyond canceling his premium show, "Scare PewDiePie," YouTube also removed Kjellberg from its preferred-advertising program.
As to white nationalists supporting his videos, Kjellberg said he did "not support these hateful groups in any way."
Kjellberg wound down his video by saying the "reaction and outrage has been nothing but insanity."
"I'm still here, I'm still making videos," he said. "Nice try, Wall Street Journal. Try again mother-------," he went on, flipping off the camera.
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