I don’t know. I think YouTube culture has a lot to do with PDP spouting off that word.
I’m no fan of his. A while back, out of curiosity, I watched several of his videos at random, just to see what all the fuss was about.
His videos I thought were generally very lame, but again, I was watching them randomly, so I could have been missing some context; maybe a personality arc I was supposed to be following? But I doubt it.
What I found much more appalling than his videos however, were the comment sections below them. Riddled with the most vile insults between commenters that I’ve possibly ever seen on YouTube. I can’t remember if the N-word was thrown around more frequently than others (this was a few years ago), but it wouldn’t surprise me. There were some “normal” comments in there as well, but if two commenters got into it, man, the gloves were instantly off, and all manner of horrible insults were being thrown left and right. Someone up-thread mentioned 12-year-olds, and what I was reading seemed to fit that demographic.
So is it possible that he picked up this casual use of the language from reading the comments? I have just never equated racism with Sweden, although I am admittedly not at all familiar with Sweden’s history in regard to that subject.
Then again, I’d be more likely to consider this theory if it weren’t for all of his other despicable antics I’ve read about. I haven’t actually seen those videos, but have no reason to doubt their existence based on the articles I’ve read about them. And those antics I don’t think could have come from simple exposure to comments.
But the use of this one word? Maybe?
From the half-dozen or so (maybe a dozen at most) videos I did watch, I must say that I do not understand the appeal this guy has to so many viewers. In the slightest. He’s simply not funny. At all. If someone could link to one of his “best” videos, where I might be able to appreciate his appeal, that’d be great, as I have no intention to go wading through his mountain of content.
Put simply, are any of you people here fans of his? Or were any of you fans at one time before all of this happened? And if so, what was his appeal?
I watch a lot of YouTube. But my interests lie in many other areas than just gaming, so I lead a somewhat sheltered YouTube life. I watch stuff like The History of the 45 rpm record for instance, where the comment section is comprised of mostly normal, intelligent folk, and I enjoy joining in the conversations. And there are plenty of other channels, including gaming, and even music, that have similar, intelligent comment sections.
But Pewdiepie’s channel and many others seem to draw fans (mostly) from a cesspool of inept clowns. And if those are the people he’s pandering to, it’s no wonder he’s gone off the deep end. And if that’s why he’s been so successful, then my opinion and future outlook of humanity in general has now taken a depressing dive.