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YouTube has taken down a recent video uploaded by Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg, in which the popular internet personality performed a diss track that violated the platform's cyberbullying and child safety guidelines. The track in question took aim at Cocomelon, a kids' channel that features animated 3D videos and nursey rhymes.
In the video, Kjellberg makes fun of the channel's content and pokes fun at its underage audience. The YouTuber also pulls out such lyrical gems as "your audience is just a bunch of motherf*ckin virgins". Unsurprisingly, YouTube felt aiming these kinds of lyrics at a YouTube channel primarily for small children was perhaps a bit much.
The video ends with Kjellberg handing out plastic weapons to kids, encouraging them to attack a melon. Spare a thought for the poor melons of the world. YouTube said in a tweet that it pulled the video because it contained images that are inappropriate for children and "harms the YouTube community by persistently inciting hostility between creators for financial gain".
A spokesperson for YouTube also told The Verge: "Our policies prohibit content that leads to repeated patterns of harassment on- and off-platform. Following a review, we've removed the video in question for violating those policies because they had the effect of encouraging abusive fan behavior."
At this point you might well reasonably ask why Kjellberg decided to write a diss track that involved taking shots at a kids' channel. According to fans, the YouTuber took issue with the Cocomelon's incredible growth over the last few months. By mid-December, the channel had surpassed 100 million subscribers and was on track to overtake Kjellberg's 109 million subs.
Kjellberg announced he was working on a diss track on February 8, and track went live a week later. It remained active for a number of days before YouTube finally deleted it.
While there are absolutely PewDiePie fans out there who will take the YouTuber's alleged rivalry with Cocomelon as entirely seriously, it all seems to have been a joke to the man himself. On February 17, Kjellberg shared a video titled I Love Kids in which he explained, "I saw this as the finale. I am not going to continue with it because 1) it wouldn't be funny and 2) I don't actually care about Cocomelon."
Maybe a guy with over 109 million followers should remember that there are people who hang on his every word, and that bringing a kids' channel into that world was a horrible idea - joke or not.
Featured Image Credit: PewDiePie/YouTube
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