It appears that the Humble Indie Bundle people have brought back PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) to host the most recent weekly bundle, which goes to support Save the Children. Felix utilises his astonishing 25 million subscriber base to try bring in crazy figures and sales, all of which goes to the charity.
There’s just one problem: that being Felix himself.
This is a man who thought it would be hilarious to scream and shout at the top of his lungs about rape or other moronic, non-humourous things. At the very end of 2012, he went on to apologise for his actions in a near nine minute video.
Actually, I should write the word ‘apologise’ with so many apostrophes and things around it, maybe add other notes with stars because of the disclaimers that are needed around the word, ‘apologise’, because he barely did that.
The video goes on for so long and the apology that actually matters isn’t till around the 6 minute mark, with it sandwiched in between a speech about how great he is because of all the charity work he’s done and his love for the fans.
He then threw away the argument as he said the usual routine of the ‘I never intended to offend’ dance and this:
“I apologised for it, even though people said we don’t care, it doesn’t matter, we understand that you’re joking.”
Your fans don’t count. Your fans who have an odd sympathy for you and from experience of actually interacting with them through Twitter look or act no older than a 16 year old still figuring out the world, do not count in this situation. How about the people you’ve truly offended, what did they say? How’d they act? I can tell you now, it’s probably the reason you never brought it up.
Oh, there’s also another surprise on top of this shitfest too! Can you guess?
Yes, if you go back to view the video now, you’ll find that by just searching for it, it’s completely hidden. YouTube’s ‘unlisted’ feature gives those with the link access, but renders it hidden from public searches. Now, it’s not actually that hard to find because of the 3+ million views, many, many responses and links to it, but for someone like me who has distanced themselves from Felix and that side of YouTube like the festering, endless plague pit that it has become, I was completely unaware that he’d done it. Until his fans told me.
Over and over again.
What they didn’t get was that he hadn’t really apologised and even if he did, then his apology was made completely moot by what was mentioned above and the fact that he still has the videos online, monetized.
Why? Maybe because he’s lying and money is a priority in all of this or maybe because he doesn’t really care. I’m going with option B and then option A.
With such a young audience and a large mass of them, it’s no surprise that he’s supporting Save the Children. A charity that in April last year released a report stating that in conflict zones, most victims of rape and sexual violence are children. They also have a focus on helping protect those children from being exploited or improper care.
Save the Children aren’t probably aware of his previous actions, but I am. You are. Most of us are. A lot of us care. No one has been apologised to and here’s Felix, parading around that he’s hosting a charity that tries to prevent what he was joking about.
It might also be a reason why in the Humble video, he never makes any mention to what Save the Children actually do, instead opting for jokes.
Rape isn’t a joke, it’s not dark humour or something you can just pass off in a 30 second apology that you hid from public view. It’s disgusting.
If you’re considering donating to this week’s Humble Weekly, I urge you not to. I urge you instead, to donate straight past the name PewDiePie and not give him the good press that this will probably transpire to. I urge you to donate through their website, whatever it was you were going to donate for some video games. You’ll be helping those in need, without helping Felix get anything out of it.
I urge you to do the right thing.