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New Zealand Shooter Calls to Subscribe to PewDiePie while Live-Streaming Massacre

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Just a heads up that this is not the usual joke news article. This is a real-life tragedy.

This is a dark day. Fifty people have been confirmed dead and fifty more were injured after a gunman opened fire in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques in the early afternoon of March 15th.

The shooting at Al Noor Mosque was live-streamed through Facebook, and the shooter, identified as a 28-year-old Australian man, can be heard saying “Remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie” before opening fire on hundreds of worshipers. Evidence has appeared that the shooter was steeped in internet culture, with the shooter posting a message on the 8chan forums before the stream:

Please do your part by spreading my message, making memes and shitposting as you usually do.

– The shooter’s message on 8chan

Social media companies including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube struggled to remove video snippets of the shooting live stream, which were re-uploaded across the internet as fast as they can be taken down, across multiple social media and video platforms. YouTube made a statement on Twitter that “our hearts are broken” and that they are “working vigilantly to remove any violent footage.” Reddit made the choice to ban certain subreddits where users kept uploading the video in violation of its policy against content which can be interpreted as glorifying or encouraging violence. Conversely, Daily Mail Online and Daily Mirror posted the murder video on their websites, and were roundly criticized by furious and heartbroken internet citizens, who claimed this was a new low in clickbait.

The shooter also posted a 74-page, 16,500-word manifesto called “The Great Replacement,” saying that he was inspired by Norway mass murderer Anders Breivik. I am not supposed to give my opinion, but the shooter probably he said what he did about PewDiePie in order to attract attention from PewDiePie’s massive global audience, to expose them to his extremist viewpoints and contribute to their radicalization, or, most likely, to spread his message as widely as possible.

The murderer identified himself politically as an “eco-fascist,” condemning conservatives and communists alike, stating that he blamed immigrants and capitalists both, and planned “to deal with both.” He also ranted about killing prominent politicians, spoke about the degeneracy and nihilism of celebrity culture, and wrote obsessively about low white birthrates, claiming that white populations were being replaced worldwide due to low birthrates (hence the name of the manifesto). Many news sources declined to post the manifesto at all, fearing the spread of extremist propaganda.

PewDiePie released a statement on Twitter: “Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch. I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

PewDiePie Twitter statement
PewDiePie Twitter statement

PewDiePie did not post on Twitter again or upload any YouTube videos for a duration following the massacre, likely because his normally lighthearted content resurfacing soon after a tragedy might seem disrespectful to victims and their families.

The PewDiePie subreddit was also closed indefinitely, with a tweet from its moderator reading that it would “remain closed until further notice.”

PewDiePie subreddit closure Tweet

A link was also posted on the closed subreddit asking for support to be sent to the Christchurch Shooting Victims’ Fund:

PewDiePie Subreddit Closed Until Further Notice
PewDiePie Subreddit Closed Until Further Notice

At the time of update, this victims’ fund has reached an amount of more than eight million dollars of support from around the world.

You, too, can do your part for humanity in the wake of this tragedy, by sending your support to victims and their families. We must let it be known that such acts of reckless hate will never divide those who choose to love each other.

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110 thoughts on “New Zealand Shooter Calls to Subscribe to PewDiePie while Live-Streaming Massacre

  1. This is sickening and i would give my life to any of the ones who died but unfortunately that isnt possible…SAD

      1. Exactly! I hate how the media immediately jumps to the fact that there is a connection between these 2 but there is not. Just because he says to subscribe to Pewdiepie doesn’t mean that Felix supports this behaviour. It just means that he might enjoy watching Felix’s content, which 89,000,000 people on Youtube also enjoy.THERE IS NO CORRELATION BETWEEN THE 2.

        1. I asked my history teacher if he’e subscribed to pewdiepie and he said “I don’t want to relate myself to someone that took role in the New Zealand shooting.

    1. I Hate this guy he is most likely mentally ill but we cant fixor mend brokenmen like him but build strong people against it Wecan build up stronger then that men if not..were like him

    1. They’ll go after him no matter what he does.
      He’s a successful white man.

      The media hates white men, especially the successful ones.

      1. Correct, the leftist media hates everyone who does not fit in their frame. Felix have his own opinion and the media hate it

  2. Pewdiepie has nothing to do with thw shooter whatsoever, That guy literally just want to cause A HUGE Problem to pewdiepie, 9 YEAROLDS DON’T USE GUNS WE USE WORDS, WHAT EVER THE FUTURE MAYBE BRING THIS FANBASE WILL STILL BE RELEVANT!

  3. it is so cowardly to murder ppl while they are praying to something they believe in. And as if that wasn’t bad enough he dragged felixes name in the dirt as well. sending all my love and prayers to the ones who lost their lives and to the ones who lost their families.

    1. I second that. No one deserves such a cruel fate. My condolences go out to all the family/friends/people affected by this horrific man. Also if I see even one media outlet make the connection that Pewdiepie is in any way to blame for even a fraction of a decimal of a percent of this horrific shooting, I will flip out.

    1. He can’t just let them pass, he isn’t in control of the situation, the internet has taken the reigns and there’s nothing he can do to stop them

        1. It actually makes a slight bit of sense that hes trying to bring his name down. He specifically discociated with the term conservative and trump supporter or whatever even tho he was an eco fascist. maybe he didn’t want to bring down that label but didnt even care about pews reputation

  4. let’s see how fast the other news channels are to throw shade at Pewdiepie just because his name was said by a bad person

    1. This is an actual shooting in Christchurch New Zealand, and it was indeed livestreamed. The shooter did indeed tell viewers to subscribe to PewDiePie. Mr. Borger Borger, I know this is a story a bit too serious for this news site, but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be here.

  5. what he is trying to do is dividing the world! this was one of his tactics of the many he did yesterday…..we should be scarred if he or friends of his try to damahe the world even more because they know how to divide us…its scary.

  6. fasinating how Pew news app is more factually accurate than some other news sites I’ve seen … like jokes aside … good on whoever wrote this article. It’s short but to the point.

    1. First of all, it wasn’t his actual goal to just kill terrorists, there were much more to it than that for him. Second of all, he didn’t deny being a terrorist himself with this act. He did rather consider himself as a partisan, but admitted that by the official definition of the word the attack was a terrorist act

      1. One of his main inspirations was the shooting committed by Anders Breivik and he said that he got radicalized by the 2017 terrorist attack in Sweden

  7. Honestly so fucking disgusting. The shooter deserves a fucking death sentence, ruining people’s lives, taking them away like it’s nothing. Disgraceful!

  8. The terrorist was planning for 2 years when the battle between t-series and pewds didn’t exit he just mentioned pewds to gain an extra fame.

  9. The mainstream media is accusing pewdiepie of causing this even though he clearly mentions that he condemns this

  10. I think you shouldn’t talk about this one here or anywhere. It’s something we should ignore. The only message to spread here is to ignore anything that has something to do with terrorism.

    1. I understand your concern, but in the world we live in it’s important to address these issues. Although it’s depressing nobody wants their death to be turned away and ignored because it’s too painful. What this man did was awful and for him to use Felix’s name in such a situation is just horrible. We as his community shouldn’t turn away from this, rather we should use this as a lesson. The world always wants to blame someone for something, and even if Felix had nothing to do with it that’s who the media is going try to blame.

    2. Dude you can’t just turn a blind eye when something bad happens. That’s not how it works. Ignoring the problem doesn’t solve anything

  11. PEWDS is the best he never inspired for violence he makes me smile.. he is been throught alot from 9 years. he supported many people by his fame by his income by his power he did and now its our 9 year old jobs to protect these itchy blames of main stream media..

  12. This man isn’t a true fan, he is just a Terrorist , we nine year olds have to ignore this and fight in the war : Pewdiepie vs T-series , Take the sub guns out! Ready? FIGHT!

  13. We won’t let this nobody ruin our meme. This is OURS and if we let him ruin it then we are giving him what he wants. We support and love the victims but this piece of scum will die faceless and nameless and he won’t get the fame he wanted. Disgusting human being.

    I hope the families get support and recovery.

  14. It’s so fucking sad bc I LIVE IN NEWZEALAND and this is not how we do things. The gunman was Australian, and when the news went international we hoped that they would put the blame on Australia but….

  15. Since PewDiePie didn’t respond to this in his latest video, is it possible to remove this article? I think it would be a good idea.

  16. Exactly! I hate how the media immediately jumps to the fact that there is a connection between these 2 but there is not. Just because he says to subscribe to Pewdiepie doesn’t mean that Felix supports this behaviour. It just means that he might enjoy watching Felix’s content, which 89,000,000 people on Youtube also enjoy.THERE IS NO CORRELATION BETWEEN THE 2.

  17. The monster who did this is only doing this to divide others. He knows how much the media despises Pewdiepie and how several people still label him as an anti-semite so doing this will get more people to attack Felix and his fans. This terrorist isn’t dumb, he knows how to manipulate the public and the MSMs and several conservatives and liberals are all gobbling it up, pointing the finger at others instead of ways to solve the problem.

    1. Fellow nine year olds we shouldn’t take this as a tragedy (though what happened was horrific and totally messed up) we should take this as an opportunity to prove to the news sources and social media what we already know PewDiePie was never involved in this and that he is a good person. Though his name gets dragged through the dirt way to often we will prevail and all of this shade that is being thrown at him will encourage other children and people that have unsubscribed to PewDiePie to get back in the fight we will win this!

      #jointoday

  18. Dear writer of this article. I’d like to point out an error :

    “Reddit made the choice to ban certain subreddits where users kept uploading the video in violation of its policy against content glorifying or encouraging violence. ”

    This is incorrect. The video was uploaded with a factual description of the shooting. Not a single person in the comment section encouraged or glorified the violence. The title was neutral. Uploading the video is not glorifying or encouraging violence. The admins of Reddit chose this time to ban the sub to become more advert-friendly like they have planned for a long time.

    Please correct this, you can find a lot of information about this in the comments of the Reddit post on the frontpage where the ban is announced, and on r/watchRedditdie.

  19. Why would he bring pewdiepie into this like whyyyyy, and he shoots people for fucking clout, what an idiotic person, is their death sentence in Zealand cuz I hope he fucking dies for the action that he has caused.

  20. They’ll go after him no matter what he does.
    He’s a successful white man.

    The media hates white men, especially the successful ones.

    1. I agree with you because a lot of people and companies are becoming more,e racist and sexist when they are trying to do the opposite. In some cases, trying to reduce sexism and racism only causes more sexism and racism, even when it’s not trying to do that. Suddenly, the media is trying to make out any white man to be evil, even when they are nice, down-to-earth people.

  21. Its sad that the victims are getting less attention than a youtuber who don’t even live in NZ. He has stated more than 3 times that he doesnt condone that kind of behavior. it’s also sad that the people speading hate to Australia, America (the right and left) and Pewdiepie are doing exactly what the terrorist wanted. Its sick, Vox is sick, Buzz Feed is sick and all those other articles using Pewdiepie has the symbol for this attack

  22. what did those muslims do to deserve this, they were just praying in peace and then get killed for what they believe in, muslims want peace just like you do, we need to stop the racism against islam

  23. This could likewise be someone who dislikes pewdiepie, hopefully this person get the worst of punishments this is not the people we need in our societies but sadly they keep popping up . Condolences from Sweden!

  24. This is horrible and the fact that various people、including the media、are blaming pewdiepie and linking him to this event is horrible. They are just doing exactly what that monster wants.

  25. I do not support his actions, but “white populations were being replaced worldwide due to low birthrates” is actually true.

  26. May their souls rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. I wish Felix the best. I know how hard it is for him.

  27. I am from the very same city as the shooting location. My mum was in the same suburb. I was luckily at home at the time. Every damn school was in lock down in the city. Even towns 10’s of kilometers were in lock-down. Look at google maps and see how far Rangiora is, they were even in lock down. I believe what the news is doing is SICK. ABSOLUTELY SICK. They aren’t thinking about the people who died, they just want publicity and traction on their website. they are getting it and they don’t deserve it. I’m not saying do not sub to PewDiePie but I am saying DON’T BE SELFISH AND USE OTHER PEOPLES DEATHS TO GAIN PUBLICITY.

  28. I think this is really stupid how the shooter said “remember lads, Subscribe to PewDiePie” giving more fire to his bad name already from past and what the internet has come to. And I pray and hope that families will recover from this devistation

  29. I think he could have said “Subscribe to Pewdiepie” just to give people the impression that people who are subscribed to Pewdiepie, are horrible people, while it’s not that way.

  30. I hate this man from the bottom of my heart. He did something no one thought of, causing harm to the real AND virtual world. smh hope this doesn’t hurt pewd’s that much and im sorry for all the people involved, I hope they all feel better.

  31. When I read the title I said to myself: Why the hell would someone make a joke about this!!
    I then do some research and holy shit he actually did. I support all pewdiepie fans, except for this one. When I’m in hell, I’ll rule. And I’ll make him pay. Nobody deserves to have this happen to them.

  32. The fact that there are so many comments give him more fame!
    I send out my love from the bottom of my heart to the people involved in this tragey.

  33. I am from new Zealand I know pews don’t control what shit comes out of people’s mouths but on a real level thay banned semi automatic weapons from new Zealand I swear to god we are a communist country now

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