- Swedish star PewDiePie features in YouTube’s Rewind video for 2019, after being left out of last year’s version. The annual video celebrates the best moments and achievements on the video-sharing site.
- The 30-year-old – whose real name is Felix Kjellberg – makes a brief appearance during the segment of the video devoted to the year’s most popular YouTubers. His record view count of 4 billion is acknowledged, with PewDiePie fist-bumping the camera and clutching a shiny trophy.
- Last year’s iteration of the video became the most disliked video in YouTube history after leaving out a slew of influential YouTubers, including PewDiePie.
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YouTube sensation PewDiePie features in this year’s YouTube Rewind video, after being left out of last year’s version.
YouTube’s annual Rewind video highlights some of the biggest creators and moments of the video site in 2019, and last year attracted criticism for leaving out major but controversial stars like PewDiePie.
In this year’s five-minute Rewind, YouTube acknowledges PewDiePie’s record of a gargantuan 4 billion video views.
PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, makes a brief appearance during the segment of the video devoted to the year’s most popular YouTubers. The star is seen fist-bumping the camera and clutching a shiny trophy.
He also appears alongside his wife, Marzia, in footage of their wedding at London’s Kew Gardens.
Other prominent YouTuber video creators acknowledged in the video – which lasts around 5 minutes – include Azzyland, with 1.9 billion views; Dude Perfect; with 2.3 billion; and Felipe Neto, the second-most viewed individual YouTuber with 2.8 billion views.
Although the 2019 video has received some praise for highlighting more diverse creators, some disgruntled viewers suggested its top 10-style compilation format was lazier than the high production values of prior Rewinds.
Last year’s iteration of the video became the most disliked video in YouTube history after leaving out a slew of influential YouTubers, including PewDiePie, who had himself garnered controversy through 2018. The 2018 video currently has 17 million dislikes to just 2 million likes.
Best-known for his video game walkthroughs, meme reviews and idiosyncratic humour – as well as his burgeoning bromance with Elon Musk – the 30-year-old’s actions have sometimes come under scrutiny.
In 2017, he was accused of making multiple anti-Semitic jokes, while became embroiled in further controversy in 2018 after recommending a video made by a channel known for its anti-Semitic content, prompting the Swede to say he will be “more careful in future.”
He also retracted a $US50,000 donation to a Jewish anti-hate charity earlier this year, saying “a lot of things” about the group had surfaced and it didn’t feel “genuine” to make the donation.
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