PewDiePie was blocked from China after comparing President Xi with a popular children's cartoon character
As it becomes obvious, censorship in China is so obsessed with protecting the government that it sees a national threat in the jokes of popular YouTube blogger PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg.
“Well boys, we did it,” PewDiePie says, gleefully, in the new video. “I’m banned from China…After I spoke about the Hong Kong protests and showed their leader being mocked for looking like Winnie the Pooh, I got banned from China.”
At the time of the video, in which Kjellberg reports the sad news of his complete exclusion from the Chinese Internet space, his YouTube audience reached 101 million subscribers.
Thus, while the American company Blizzard censors its e-sports players for publicly supporting the Protestants in Hong Kong, China is restricting the most popular video bloggers after a few jokes about the president’s similarities with Winnie the Pooh.
“Now if you search anything PewDiePie-related on any Reddit related forum in China or a YouTube related video, it will just be completely blank. I’m laughing, but I’m sorry if you’re in China and try to watch my videos. That kind of sucks.”
Along with the cartoon South Park and German DJ Zedd, now PewDiePie is also considered an extremist in the eyes of the Chinese government.