OPEN LETTER to MARKPLIER and JACKSEPTICEYE regarding PEWDIEPIE

Ciao lovelies, today’s post is a guest post by Nightsong. Today she is talking about her experiences as a fan of YouTubers Markiplier and JackSepticEye, and the recent controversies surrounding PewDiePie, and how Markiplier and JackSepticEye have been silent on these issues, as well as how they have been supporting PewDiePie and urging people to subscribe to him.

So now, here is Nightsong’s letter to these YouTubers.


AN OPEN LETTER TO MARKIPLIER AND JACKSEPTICEYE REGARDING PEWDIEPIE

I am someone who watched PewDiePie a lot as a kid. He taught me that video games were for everyone. He introduced me to my love of gaming.

                But then he showed his true colors. Not only did he make Anti-Semitic “Jokes” in poor taste, but a few weeks later he used a racial slur on a livestream. I unsubscribed from him that day. I was shocked that someone I had respected and found joy in their content could use words like that and offer a non-sincere apology.
               
                But PewDiePie was not the only YouTuber I followed, who had a great impact on my life. I was and am also subscribed to Markiplier and JackSepticEye, and these two men brought humor and happiness to a younger, more depressed me.

                Markiplier and JackSepticEye made me feel like I had friends at a time where I was struggling. I felt like they were there for me. I know that I don’t personally know them, but they seemed to always make it a point in their videos and actions to create a sense of community and friendship among their fans.

                When Markiplier and JackSepticEye began recently to make “subscribe to PewDiePie” comments, myself and many others believed that it was only to preserve the individual driven YouTube that we all know and love. We assumed it was about the battle between individual vs Company, and we assumed they didn’t support his other problematic behavior.

                But recently, PewDiePie made a video in which he attacks YouTuber IISuperwomanII for pointing out the lack of female creators on the recent Forbes “Top YouTube Earners” list.

                IISuperwomanII made the comment that “2 years ago it was almost even between male & female, last year it was just me and this year there are no females at all. Something I predicted in my instagram caption last year. I'm concerned the digital space is going to repeat the mistakes of ancient industries. Hope I'm wrong.” On her twitter regarding the recent Forbes list.

                How did PewDiePie respond to IISuperwomanII’s logical and calm tweet? By calling her an “idiot” and a “crybaby.” He accused her of being “jealous” that a 7 year old was on the list and not her. PewDiePie even openly mocked her recent mental health haitus..

                How did Markiplier and JackSepticEye respond? Silence. Nothing. They kept up their livestreams and tweets telling us to “Subscribe to PewDiePie” and said NOTHING about his attacks on IISuperwomanII.

                In essence, I’m highly disappointed. I’m hurt that these people who do such good in the world can ignore such awful things as the things PewDiePie has done. And not only ignore, but continue to endorse this man. Markiplier, JackSepticEye, please rethink who you support.


Thank you Nightsong for sharing your feelings so openly about this issue.

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