What we should learn from Disney dropping PewDiePie

This morning, the BBC reported that Disney have cut all of their links with the YouTuber PewDiePie over an incident which occurred on his YouTube Channel.

Some months ago- the YouTuber paid two men through a crowd-sourcing site to hold up a sign in front of a camera which read ‘death to all Jews’. Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) acknowledged that this message could be considered offensive but said it was done simply to highlight the craziness of the internet. Although the famous YouTuber is often considered to have off the cuff humour, Disney say this was the incident which ultimately lead to them losing any links with him.

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Creating more jobs isn’t a good promise in it’s self. In fact, it’s one of the most basic promises a person can make leading up to an election.

This might not be a big issue for some people, especially as YouTubers have a history of non traditional behaviour (shall we say)- but for me, this helps highlight a much bigger issue:

What the BBC report failed to mention is that after this incident took place, the people responsible for posting this message came out on their own YouTube channel and apologised profoundly for this. In the video- they said that they didn’t understand what the message meant because of a language barrier and that they didn’t host any hateful attitudes.

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Although PewDiePie claims he was trying to raise awareness about the crazy things you can do online (or to possibly get more views)- he in fact helped to demonize people just trying to make money from a home-made business. This also shows, therefore, that people can’t be trusted to protect the rights of different workers if left to their own devices. Wherever there is profit, there is also deficit– which is why we need radical new measures to prevent workers from being taken advantage of.

there are close to one million people who don’t know what they will get paid from one month to the next

Creating more jobs isn’t a good promise in it’s self. In fact, it’s one of the most basic promises a person can make leading up to an election. It takes jobs to destroy a hospital, or to unlawfully invade a country. Still impressed that we’re creating more jobs? In the UK now- there are close to one million people working Zero-Hour Contracts. This means that there are close to one million people who don’t know what they will get paid from one month to the next, or even one week to the next. I should know.

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I do acknowledge that 0H Contracts can be beneficial, especially when you’re young (like me), they can be a great opportunity to work when ever you can and make a bit extra cash. The fact is that many people working on zer0 hour contracts have mortgages, bills to pay, and a family to feed- and in my opinion, there needs to be a distinction between people like these, and those like me- with not many responsibilities. Enjoy it while you can 😉

Times are changing, and we need to pressure leaders in order to ensure that as these times change- our rights and freedoms don’t change with them…

 

 

 

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