The first non-corporate channel to reach 100 million subscribers, he’s often thought of as one of the bastions of the community. Kjellberg has made millions and entertained billions over the years, but his life in the digital spotlight has, of course, drawn some controversy.
While PewDiePie has definitely done lots of good in the past, he’s also slipped up a few times, from hiring people on Fiverr to make racist remarks, to using some seriously unsavory language on-stream, here are 19 things PewDiePie has done that everyone aside from The Wall Street Journal ignores.
HIS FAN BASE IS PRETTY CONTROVERSIAL
PewDiePie’s fan base, which he now sarcastically refers to as an “army of nine-year-olds,” has garnered a reputation for toxicity and has gotten him in trouble in the past. While this isn’t necessarily his doing, he’s had a difficult time curtailing the behavior of his fans, and he’s often been made to take the heat for all of the weird, outlandish things his fans have done and said in the past.
HE DROPPED OUT OF UNIVERSITY TO PURSUE A YOUTUBE CAREER
This certainly doesn’t sound sketchy in a traditional sense, as major industry leaders like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did the same thing, but PewDiePie’s choice to drop out of school, spend his remaining savings on a computer, and pursue a career on YouTube was risky to say the least. While we’re happy that things worked out for him, it could easily have gone the other way, and it may well have ended up as a decision which he regretted making.