PewDiePie banned in China after sharing meme that mocks nation’s president
China has censored Youtuber PewDiePie following the discharge of a video sharing a meme which compares the nation’s president to Winnie the Pooh.
Felix Kjellberg, identified otherwie as PewDiePie, introduced his blacklisting in a current video which presents a screenshot of what occurs whenever you search “PewDiePie” in China: There are not any outcomes. Numerous web customers primarily based in China have since confirmed they will not see the Youtuber’s content material on-line – though re-uploads of his movies can be found by different websites.
“Nicely boys, we did it. I’m banned from China. That’s proper. After I spoke in regards to the Hong Kong protests and confirmed their chief being mocked for wanting like Winnie the Pooh, I obtained banned from China,” he says within the video.
“Now in the event you search something PewDiePie-related on any Reddit associated discussion board in China or a YouTube associated video, it’ll simply be utterly clean. I’m laughing, however I’m sorry in the event you’re in China and attempt to watch my movies. That type of sucks.”
Within the video which seemingly obtained him banned, PewDiePie shares a collection of memes together with one which compares China’s president Xi Jinping to Winner the Pooh. The Winnie the Pooh character has been banned in China since 2017 after a surge of memes that in contrast China’s president Xi Jinping to the cartoon bear. “The resemblance is uncanny,” stated Kjellberg.
The YouTuber goes on to debate the NBA China scandal with Lebron James, and the current Hearthstone participant ban. “China is like that one particular person on Twitter that may’t take any criticism and simply blocks everybody” he stated.
Earlier this month, Blizzard eliminated Hong Kong participant Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai from the Hearthstone Grandmasters, rescinded the professional participant’s prize cash for Season 2, and barred him from coming into official competitors for one yr after Blitzchung’s public assist of the protests by pro-democracy actions in Hong Kong. On October 6, the participant gained his Grandmasters match and apppeared in a post-game interview sporting a face masks and goggles, a glance that’s now develop into an emblem for the protests in Hong Kong. In the course of the interview, Blitzchung additionally referred to as for the “liberation of Hong Kong”.
Blizzard would later announce it could give “Blitzchung” again his prize cash and shorten his suspension from one yr to 6 months. In a statements launched final week, Blizzard president J. Allen Brack stated the corporate’s “relationships in China had no affect” on its determination to ban Blitzchung and that on reflection, it “reacted too rapidly.”