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One of YouTube’s biggest celebrities found himself entangled early Friday in news coverage of the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand.
A gunman who had broadcast part of the attack that left at least 49 people dead urged those watching to “subscribe to PewDiePie,” referring to the alias used by Felix Kjellberg, a Swede whose channel has long dominated YouTube and courted controversy along the way.
The article goes on to state the following:
Mr. Kjellberg was quick to distance himself from the shooting.
Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch.
I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person.
My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.
— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) March 15, 2019
Popular YouTuber PewDiePie tweeted that he was “sickened” that his name was mentioned by the suspected gunman of the New Zealand terrorist attacks https://t.co/ysNODvmOb0 by @MattRyanPerez pic.twitter.com/hPpcNRDZNG
— Forbes (@Forbes) March 15, 2019
Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie is known mostly for memes — so why did a shooter in New Zealand tell people to subscribe to his channel before gunning down worshippers in a mosque? https://t.co/vLYkl7cemn pic.twitter.com/HTOnEOLeUt
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) March 15, 2019
The greatest youtuber, @pewdiepie who was mentioned in the New Zealand attack wrote this on his Channel. Apperantly you can donate and support the victims families here. Please do so. https://t.co/LH7ooBntvc pic.twitter.com/OFM559oBbF
— 🕋☪️🇹🇷Martyr🇷🇺☦️🕋 (@Martyr003) March 15, 2019
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