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UBIQUITOUS AND ANNOYING DISCLAIMER: Though I am a white male, I’m not a nazi or a Republican.

What They’re Saying:

Pewdiepie (Felix Kjellberg) is part of the growing white supremacist problem and thank the skygods that three geniuses at the Wall Street Journal took him down and got Disney to “sever ties” with him. Whew!

Everyone Else

Who? What’s a poopiepoo?

The really ignorant take on things:

There is nothing funny about Nazis. Any jokes and anyone joking about Nazis should be banned as they don’t understand the seriousness of the Holocaust and are probably at least anti-Semites or, at the worst, actual Nazis themselves!

The seemingly obvious take on things:

A joke is a joke. Sometimes a joke can suck. Sometimes a joke can be in poor taste and, to be sure, there are racist jokes. Generally, the ‘racist’ jokes are about ‘The Other’ – an outsider. The same setup/punch lines used for sports teams and “the silly willy” can be used on race.

Q: Why did the silly willy tiptoe past the medicine cabinet?
A: He didn’t want to wake up the sleeping pills!

Q: Why did the Oklahoma Sooner tiptoe past the medicine cabinet?
A: He didn’t want to wake up the sleeping pills!

Q: Why did the [insert your preferred group] tiptoe past the medicine cabinet?
A: He didn’t want to wake up the sleeping pills!

Yep, that one’s pretty mild. Not ‘race-specific’, which I won’t go into because I’m terrified of the wrath were I to point out a common physical trait belonging to a race.

There’s nothing worse than someone writing a dry explanation of humor, so I won’t. All we need to understand is this: A joke is a joke and Pewdiepie was making jokes.

Take a look at the deeply eloquent Sargon of Akkad’s video about the “controversy” here:
Sargon of Akkad 1
and here:
Sargon of Akkad 2 – Electric Boogaloo

Remember “The Producers,” the terrific Mel Brooks movie with the song “Springtime for Hitler?”

Many of the “real” journalists writing about this issue mention that Pewdiepie was being satirical. You can tell where those journalists are on the side of the issue if they use quotation marks around the word satire. Thusly: Pewdiepie’s “satirical” youtube videos…

Salon’s headline (linked below) says “his intentions matter less than his effect.” Really? They will also point out that he makes a shitload of money for making YouTube videos.
Remember: Anyone who makes a lot of money is evil.

The Contrarian take on things:

“It’s funny when people get upset about Nazis. 14 words! Hahahah.”

On The Other Hand:

(from https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10008193)

  • Jews: up to 6 million
  • Soviet civilians: around 7 million (including 1.3 Soviet Jewish civilians, who are included in the 6 million figure for Jews)
  • Soviet prisoners of war: around 3 million (including about 50,000 Jewish soldiers)
  • Non-Jewish Polish civilians: around 1.8 million (including between 50,000 and 100,000 members of the Polish elites)
  • Serb civilians (on the territory of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina): 312,000
  • People with disabilities living in institutions: up to 250,000
  • Roma (Gypsies): 196,000–220,000
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses: Around 1,900
  • Repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials: at least 70,000
  • German political opponents and resistance activists in Axis-occupied territory: undetermined
  • Homosexuals: hundreds, possibly thousands (possibly also counted in part under the 70,000 repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials noted above)

But Yeah…

There are racists and Nazis out there. They exist. They will probably always exist. But we are seeing, once again, an accusation where there is nothing to see. It is obvious that The Wall Street Journal cherry picked their examples.

When we call people Nazis who are not Nazis, it takes away the true horror of actual Nazis.

The idea that there is a shadow army of Nazis out there ready to rise up and wage war (or whatever they’re planning on doing) is literally laughable. If people go nuts over people who aren’t Nazis, imagine what happens when real SS Storm troopers march at the local mall.

Which brings me to this point that I will, once again, struggle to make because I am so inarticulate: If you keep saying that someone is a Nazi who isn’t, if a real one shows up, we won’t think it’s so bad. At his worst, Pewdiepie is annoying and aggravating. So… kids who’ve been watching him and hear that he is a Nazi will think “Ahhhhh… I see… Nazis are annoying. I get it.”

It’s “The Media Who Cried Wolf.”

Find the real Nazis and shine a light on them. Unfortunately, it seems that the actual Nazis (in the United States, at least) don’t give a hoot. There are a bunch of white supremacist & nazi web sites. They’re selling books and music and all sorts of swag. They don’t care. They’ve even shown a sense of humor and made banners with the three WSJ reporters. Troll culture, indeed.

Why Two Minutes of Hate?

The Wall Street Journal has whipped people into a frenzy of self-righteous indignation about Pewdiepie. It is just enough of an issue to tweet about, but not really do anything about. Two Minutes of Hate perfection.

At its core, Two Minutes of Hate is about Virtue Signaling; showing everyone else that you’re a good, sensitive egg. Right? Right!

Were I committed to comedy, I’d sign off with a Nazi slogan. But I just don’t have the balls for it. I just don’t.

Some Links I Found on The Google

OH NO!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/disney-severs-ties-with-youtube-star-pewdiepie-after-anti-semitic-posts-1487034533

http://www.dailystormer.com/pewdiepie-is-an-actual-literal-nazi/

http://www.salon.com/2017/02/16/is-youtube-sensation-pewdiepie-really-a-nazi-his-intentions-matter-less-than-his-effects/

YAY!

Pewdiepie’s Statement
Phillip De Franco
More Pewdiepie
https://youtu.be/VpdXIknFoUo
http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/17/pewdiepie-alt-right-nazis-victim-of-poli#comment

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Is Pewdiepie a baddie?

Is Pewdiepie a baddie?
7.2

Easily Misunderstood?

10/10

    Convoluted?

    9/10

      Intelligent Sounding?

      2/10

        Branded Racist/Sexist/Fool/Etc?

        10/10

          Twitter/Facebook War?

          5/10

            Pros

            • Uses Irony Well
            • Funny
            • Makes more money than anyone you know
            • Handsome as heck
            • You've never heard of him

            Cons

            • White Male
            • White
            • Male
            • Not a victim
            • Can't be a victim
            Pewdiepie is a nazi or something – Feb. 14 to Feb. 21

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