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PewDiePie faces backlash for appearing to mock a deaf creator in a recently available video

Felix Kjellberg, the YouTuber referred to as PewDiePie, is facing backlash for appearing to mock a deaf creator in a recently available video.

On Tuesday, Kjellberg, who has 111 million followers on YouTube, posted a video titled “My Dog Cringes at TikToks,” where he reacted to viral videos he deemed “cringe” along with his dog, Maya.

Among the videos he reacted to was originally posted by TikTok creator Scarlet May, who’s deaf. Scarlet May, who has generated an audience around 6.2 million followers on TikTok, posts videos which are in both spoken English and American Sign Language. She often sports elaborate manicures and is well known on her behalf “story time” videos.

In a July 18 video, Scarlet May recounted a humorous encounter at a fast-food drive-thru, signing the story while wearing long silver acrylic nails.

In the video that featured a reaction to Scarlet May’s post, Kjellberg slice the clip short. “I’m not hearing this,” he said in the video. “Look, she’s your crazy nails, Maya!” Holding both of Maya’s paws and waving them around, Kjellberg then seemed to poorly imitate American Sign Language. “Sorry, are my nails distracting you guys?” Kjellberg said

The video has prompted some to call out Kjellberg, who has previously been widely criticized for using racial slurs and boosting antisemitic rhetoric.

Kjellberg and a spokesperson didn’t immediately react to obtain comment Wednesday.

He’s got since removed the clip reacting to Scarlet May from the YouTube video he posted, nonetheless it has been circulated across TikTok and Twitter by other users. A screenshot of Scarlet May signing still appeared in the thumbnail image of PewDiePies YouTube video Wednesday afternoon.

In the event that you made a blunder, admit the mistake. You dont just reach, like, mock deaf those who have recently been struggling for a long time with people as if you and then start your entire day like nothing happened.

Scarlet May, in a tiktok video giving an answer to pewdiepie’s video

Scarlet May didn’t immediately react to a obtain comment. Wednesday afternoon, she shared her applying for grants TikTok in a video, which she partly captioned “most of us make mistakes hopefully he learns out of this.”

She described Kjellbergs reaction as very weird and incredibly unnecessary but said she wasnt surprised. “I’m used to it,” she said.

Ive been attempting to normalize and put it out that using nails while signing is normal, its OK, Scarlet May said. But a large creator occurs here and puts us, like, a million steps back.

Some YouTube viewers expressed similar frustration.

Making fun of the deaf community isnt a tale… you why don’t we down with that certain pewds,” Marleny Alvarenga, a YouTube user, wrote in the comments on his video.

An individual on Twitter who defined as partly deaf called Kjellberg’s actions “disgusting.”

“I came across it so offensive,” an individual wrote in the tweet. “Mocking a deaf person like this. I feel so very bad on her behalf.”

Some viewers were disappointed that Kjellberg removed the clip without addressing it.

“He cut that part from the video and reposted it, He knew he was making fun of a deaf person,” YouTube user Haylie Chapman commented on the video. “Personally, i love Felix but this made me respect him just a little less.”

A few of PewDiePies followers said in comments they think Kjellberg might not have known that Scarlet May is deaf. Others suggested that Kjellberg was making fun of Scarlet Mays nails, not of her disability or her race (she actually is Black).

In her video response, Scarlet May said that when any hearing person wearing long nails had told exactly the same story but didnt have to sign to obtain their point across, Kjellberg may have paid attention to the story and perhaps even had fun.

But because I must sign to communicate and I’ve long nails on, he, like, stopped the video after two seconds, didnt even pay attention to the story, she continued. And from then on proceeded to create fun of me signing along with his dog.

Scarlet May said that she felt as if Kjellberg’s video could have been OK if he didnt know she was using sign language or if he just didnt like her nails.

But she called him out for editing out the clip without addressing doing this and for still using her in the thumbnail image of the video.

In the event that you made a blunder, admit the mistake. You dont just reach, like, mock deaf those who have recently been struggling for a long time with people as if you and then start your entire day like nothing happened, Scarlet May said. Most of us live and learn. If he didn’t know before, he definitely knows now.

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