Last Friday, Felix Kjellberg — better known as his YouTube name PewDiePie — shared a video to his 49.7 MILLION subscribers explaining that he plans to delete his account once he reaches an even 50 million.
While this news came as a bombshell to the video game commentator’s diehard fanbase, other viewers focused on a different part of the video altogether.
Specifically, the part in which the Swedish vlogger went off on YouTube for discriminating against him by suggesting his viewers watch videos that were not made by him — and sometimes even recommending videos posted by… *GASP* women of color!!!!
Kjellberg — who topped the list of highest paid YouTubers in 2016 with $15 million — claimed the site has become more aggressive in sourcing "clickbait" outside of a person’s traditional viewing habits.
The gamer noted his frustration over YouTube’s refusal to explain their algorithm of new video suggests, which apparently connects his (comedy?) channel with, for example, that of fashion and style vlogger Zoe Sugg, quipping:
"Sorry Zoella, but I don’t care what’s in your bag, okay? Your subscribers do, I’m sure, but keep that sh*t away from me."
According to Felix, the site has been suggesting viewers watch mundane videos of people listing their favorite things — which he deems unworthy of association with his channel, adding:
"Top 5 videos, or top 10 videos, these f*cking retarded-ass videos. Videos that have nothing to do with personality, [have] nothing to do with content and just have a really great title and a really great thumbnail."
But as the video went on, he spiraled into total conspiracy theory territory, claiming the popular streaming site wanted him "gone" and wanted someone at the top who wasn’t "white!"
"YouTube wants my channel gone. They want someone else on top. Someone really extremely cancerous, like Lilly Singh. I’m white. Can I make that comment? But I do think that’s a problem."
After posting the video, the YouTuber tweeted and then quickly deleted an explanation, saying it was "sarcasm" — though he failed to point out which part of his long-winded rant was sarcastic.
Seeing as Lilly made less than half of what PewDiePie made last year, we think the gamer may have eaten too many slices of conspiracy pie!!!
Either way, maybe it won’t be such a bad thing if he deletes his account…
Ch-ch-check out PewDiePie’s full video to hear his unfiltered thoughts (below)!!!