PewDiePie says he doesn't believe cultural appropriation is "a thing"

12 December 2019, 12:40 | Updated: 12 December 2019, 12:55

PewDiePie attends the European Premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
PewDiePie attends the European Premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage
Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

"What makes the world beautiful is the fact that we can – not steal from cultures – but appreciate other cultures."

PewDiePie, born Felix Kjellberg, has said that he doesn't accept that cultural appropriation is a thing. The YouTuber discussed it in his latest video titled "99.41% Cant Watch This Without Facepalming **super hard**" posted on 9 December.

Cultural appropriation is when members of a dominant culture adopt elements of a minority or oppressed culture. It is considered especially harmful when specific groups are targeted for an element of their culture but it becomes "fashionable" when used by other groups. In recent weeks, rapper Bhad Bhabie has been called out for cultural appropriation for wearing box braids, while YouTuber Patrick Starrr also received backlash for sporting the Nigerian gele.

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PewDiePie – who recently became the most-watched and most-subscribed YouTuber in YouTube Rewind 2019 – responded to a Reddit post in his video, which read: "If you are white, you can’t speak Spanish." Another user responded to it, writing: "Are you familiar with the entire country of Spain?"

In response, PewDiePie said: "Cultural appropriation is one of the concepts I refuse to accept ever to be a thing. We should have just thrown it out straight away. What makes the world beautiful is the fact that we can – not steal from cultures – but appreciate other cultures. What’s the problem? We’re one nation."

He added: "Oh but historically, whites would take from… yeah but that’s not the case 99.9% of the time. Okay?"

PewDiePie's comments sparked a mixed reaction on Twitter.

In the video, PewDiePie also spoke out about religion, commenting on a post about atheists. "I don’t know what I would consider myself religiously but, regardless, the whole atheist calling out religious people – it’s so fucking cringe," he explained.

"Oh yeah? Well if there's no God then [blowing raspberry] take your fedora and eat it. I don’t want to hear it."

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