I met him a few years ago. Less of a dick than I thought he'd be. Is he still in Brighton? If so, I wonder if this falls under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act. I've no idea what the threshold is for inciting religious hatred or creating inflammatory material, and I also can't be bothered to research it. Perhaps there needs to be clearer intention than is in the video.
Disney is a private corporation, sponsoring Pewdiepie on a privately run online show. If Disney thinks that Pewdiepie's jokes were distasteful to the point that they didn't want to be associated with that, it's Disney's right to sever ties with Pewdiepie. Free speech still means speech has consequences, unless if you're the President of the United States
This, entirely. (Let the historical records show this may be the first time I've ever agreed with ortin). Commercial partnerships like this involve a certain amount of toeing the line. His line was pretty blurred given the nature of his work but clearly, Disney (no matter what people say about Walt) were never going to maintain the relationship after this because it's damaging to their reputation, and if he didn't realise that, he's a fucking moron. I presume there's some vague clause in his contract somewhere about reputational damage and them being able to pull their plug without warning if he's jeopardising their business interests. Quite frankly, if anybody in my team at work did this, I'd fire them tomorrow.
Maybe he's an anti-Semite, maybe he's not. Regardless of his personal views, I suspect he didn't intend it in context as a serious malicious attack, he's done it for shock value and for laughs and sadly he doesn't have the comedic talent to manage that. He's that guy on a lads night out when everyone's joking around who takes it one step too far and suddenly everyone falls silent and is horrified. Does he deserve the extent of the backlash? Maybe not. But given the content, I don't see how he can be surprised.