YouTube star PewDiePie says ‘terrorist’ streamers ‘ruined’ Japan

In a scathing video, one of the world’s most famous YouTubers has claimed that attention-hungry live-streamers have “ruined” Japan in an attempt to create disruptive and annoying content.

Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, video Reacting to a number of such videos this week, he expressed his outrage at the creators of the nuisance videos, jokingly calling them “terrorists.”

Kjellberg argued that these YouTubers were engaging in “the most obnoxious behavior possible.” [to] He said it “gets a lot of attention, a lot of hate clicks” and that the growing trend has become “epidemic.”

“YouTubers are the worst,” he said in the video, which has been viewed more than 1.3 million times. “YouTubers ruin everything. And now they’re ruining Japan… And now it’s gotten so bad that Japan is actually starting to take action.”

Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, slammed the streamer for coming to Japan. YouTube / PewDiePie

For many years, the Swede was YouTube’s most subscribed creator with 111 million followers, and he rose to fame streaming video games before semi-retiring in 2022. He moved He moved to Japan to live with his wife, Marzia.

Kjellberg highlights several videos of streamers trying to generate buzz and publicity by causing trouble in the conservative country, such as refusing to pay for bus or train fares.

He also responded to another notorious streamer. Johnny Somalisparked outrage in Japan last year after he was filmed harassing people in public places and on the subway, and even trespassing on a construction site, repeatedly shouting “Fukushima” when he was caught and ordered to leave.

The Somali-American streamer, whose real name is Ramzi Khalid Ismael, was eventually arrested and fined 200,000 yen ($1,930) before being allowed to leave the country.

Kerberg publicly expressed his condemnation, calling Ismael “such an idiot.”

Johnny Somali sparked outrage in Japan last year when he was filmed harassing people in public places and on the subway. YouTube / Johnny Somali

He also had a message for anyone who tries to emulate this behaviour.

“It’s not worth it,” he said. “Instead of growing your channel, you’ll end up regretting it and making people hate you. Don’t be stupid.”

Ismael then hit back, threatening to sue the billionaire creator and calling him a “hypocrite” and a “racist.”

“Racist against black people and anti-Semitic! This hypocrite has no room to even debate me especially with his misinformation and lies!” he wrote to X, referring to past controversies with Kjellberg.

In 2017, Kjellberg was criticized for making racist remarks during a live stream.

Ismael continued, “He called me a ‘terrorist’. A very interesting use of language with racially motivated motives. Clearly defamatory, libelous and slanderous. See you in court, Felix.”

This comes as Japan steps up its crackdown on nuisance tourist behaviour.

Earlier this month, a town in Japan erected a huge 2.5-metre by 20-metre wire barrier at a popular scenic spot on Mount Fuji in an attempt to stop a growing number of tourists taking photographs.

Japan’s most famous scenic spot can be seen from miles around, but residents of the town of Fujikawaguchiko have grown tired of the number of foreign tourists littering, trespassing and breaking traffic rules in search of photos to share on social media.

Residents said they parked illegally, ignored smoking bans and crowded the sidewalks to take pictures of the photogenic snow-capped mountains towering into the sky from behind the convenience stores.

Local residents are tired of the tourist swarms, saying their area is not a theme park. AP

Then in April, new bans on tourists were imposed on popular areas of Kyoto.

Australian tourists have been warned to take caution in Gion, an area famous for its geisha teahouses, after tourists were banned from entering certain alleyways.

Local residents, fed up with the throngs of tourists, said their area was “not a theme park” and had urged the city to take action.

Reported incidents of unwelcome tourists include ripping the kimonos of maiko, an apprentice geisha, and having cigarette butts stuffed in their collars.

“We don’t want to do this, but we’re desperate,” said Ota Isoo, a senior member of the Gion neighborhood association, likening the tourists who crowd around the geisha as they emerge from the narrow alleys to “paparazzi.”

Share 1 video On Reddit The video showed a female tourist rushing towards a geisha walking down the street to have her photographed, blocking her path and forcing her to make a detour.

“What is wrong with that idiot? How can no one realise how wrong this is? The stupidity is unfathomable!” one person commented.

“People think the real place looks like Disneyland,” another wrote.

Over 25 million international travelers Visited Japan According to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), more than 10,000 tourists are expected to visit Japan in 2023 after borders reopen to tourists following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan grown With the Australian dollar gradually strengthening against the Japanese yen, it has become increasingly popular among Australian tourists, to the point where it rivals Bali in industry rankings.