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News other 22 October 2019, 12:27

author: Julia Dragovic

PewDiePie Banned in China for Xi Jinping Meme

The popular youtuber PewDiePie was banned in China for showing in his film the (in)famous meme comparing secretary Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh.

We're working hard on this ban, Secretary. / Source: The Times.

Youtuber PewDiePie (a.k.a. Felix Kjellberg) is a controversial character. In the scandals he often provokes, he's usually the "bad guy". Not this time. He has just stepped on China's famous meme landmine by comparing the Secretary of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, to Winnie the Pooh, with whom the Chinese censorship is effectively fighting. All search results containing the phrase "PewDiePie" have been blocked in the country. Kjellberg admitted that he expected such a turn of events. Below you will find this controversial material (the topic of Hong Kong, China and the controversy over Blizzard starts around 11:35) and the meme that caused all the commotion:

The meme shown by PewDiePie.

Youtuber himself informed about the whole thing. In his latest video entitled Piediepie is BANNED in China (to watch it, scroll down), he proves that since he is already banned, he doesn't care and proceeds to criticize American export goods for the next dozen or so minutes. He focuses on Bart Baker, who used to be successful and who is now creating cheap propaganda materials for the PRC (and probably suffering from depression). The effect of his cooperation with Chinese sponsors can be seen, amongst others, here - on his official instagram account.

Julia Dragovic

Julia Dragovic

She studied philosophy and philology and honed her writing skills by producing hundreds of assignments. She has been a journalist at Gamepressure since 2019, first writing in the newsroom, then becoming a columnist and reviewer, and eventually, a full-time editor of our game guides. She has been playing games for as long as she can remember – everything except shooters and RTSs. An ailurophile, fan of The Sims and concrete. When she's not clearing maps of collectibles or playing simulators of everything, economic strategies, RPGs (including table-top) or romantic indie games, Julia explores cities in different countries with her camera, searching for brutalist architecture and post-communist relics.