YouTube has taken down PewDiePie‘s diss track (real name: Felix Kjellberg) aimed at the popular kids’ channel, Cocomelon, for violating the site’s rules around cyberbullying and child safety. As a joke, Kjellberg has been “fighting” Cocomelon for the past year as the channel starting gaining millions of subscribers and “threatening” his status as one of the highest subscribed-to channels.
The music video shows Kjellberg attacking Cocomelon’s videos and poking fun at the kids who watch the channel with scenes of kids attacking a watermelon.
Fans on Twitter expressed their outrage at YouTube for taking down the music video, and in response, YouTube’s official Twitter account responded to those fans by stating the video violated their policies. YouTube states the video violated their Child Safety rules and the Cyberbullying guidelines which were updated in late 2019 to prevent creators from harassing fellow creators on the basis of race, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
(2/2) Any reuploads of the original, including full length or partial reuploads, clips, etc will be removed too. Still images are ok. Also dropping the policy links below for reference:
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) February 19, 2021
YouTube says that criticism and certain kinds of diss tracks are allowed but Kjellberg’s video “crossed the line”, and while his channel won’t get a strike, future violations may result in one.
Back in June 2020, Kjellberg first found out about Cocomelon rapidly gaining subscribers with the possibility of the channel someday surpassing his, at the time, 105 million subscribers. In mid-December, Cocomelon achieved 100 million subscribers, and a few months later, Kjellberg announced the diss track.
In his latest LWIAY (Last Week I Asked You) video titled “I Love Kids”, Kjellberg states, “I saw this as the finale, I saw this as ending the meme… I’m not continuing with it because 1) it would just not be funny, and 2) I don’t actually care about Cocomelon…”
This isn’t the first time Kjellberg had a one-sided feud with a rapidly growing music channel. Back in 2018, he fought with Indian Bollywood studio, T-Series, over who will be the most subscribed to YouTube channel.
Pewdiepie created two diss tracks towards T-Series. “Bitch Lasagna” is his most viewed video at over 281 million views and in “Congratulations”, he mockingly congratulates T-Series for surpassing him in subscriber count.
Kjellberg would eventually drop the feud and the memes surrounding it after the phrase, “Subscribe to Pewdiepie”, was uttered by a gunman who murdered more than 50 people in the Christchurch Mosque Shootings in New Zealand.
Fans Lash Back
Many fans lobbed criticism at YouTube with one Twitter user pointing out, “You have the YT kids app for this very reason. Children can view content targeted towards them. Pewds hit the ‘not for kids’ button as he uploaded this”. Other fans have pointed at lines within YouTube’s own Terms of Service that contradict their recent decision.
— Arlo Linnard🌐 (@ArloLinnard) February 19, 2021
Many fans believe that Pewdiepie was treated unfairly and more harshly than other creators, as seen when one of his videos was demonetized because he played an unrecognizable cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”, or the time back in October 2020 when fans thought Kjellberg was shadowbanned.
Where can I watch it?
Fans have reuploaded the song numerous times but YouTube vowed to take those down.
BitChute has a few reuploads you can watch the full video here: