Felix ‘Pewdiepie’ Kjellberg says that he has been banned in China. In a video released on Sunday, the internet personality told fans that searches for his name in the country now yield no results.
In the video, Pewdiepie says that “now, if you search for anything Pewdiepie-related on any Reddit-related forum in China or any YouTube-related videos, it will just be completely blank,” showing a screenshot which apparently backs up his claims. He went on to say that “I’m laughing, but I’m sorry if you’re in China and you’re trying to watch my videos.”
The YouTuber’s alleged ban comes after a video posted last week in which he discussed the Hong Kong protests at length, referencing the difficulties currently faced by both LeBron James and Blizzard, as well as sharing images comparing Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh. Given the breadth of his criticism, Pewdiepie says he’s not surprised by the ban.
On social media, Chinese fans confirmed that Kjellberg’s account was inaccessible in the country, but said that much of his content was being reuploaded through Chinese video websites. While Pewdiepie has no means of profiting from those videos, they still allow him to maintain a fanbase in the country.