Delinquent defaces Downtown WWII memorial with name of YouTube star

Sha-meme: A vandal defaced the Brooklyn War Memorial with the online handle of a YouTube celebrity popular for streaming video games.
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Some vandal defaced a Downtown memorial honoring locals who died in World War II by scrawling the name of a popular YouTube celebrity on it, disgusting residents with their choice of canvas and inspiration.

“Obviously, it shows very little respect,” said Carroll Gardener Remko DeJong.

The baddie wrote the graffiti — which declares “Subscribe to PewDiePie” — in chalk on the exterior of the Brooklyn War Memorial inside Cadman Plaza Park, where city officials this spring are set to begin long-awaited accessibility repairs to the shrine, whose interior features the names of more than 11,500 Brooklynites who died in WWII.

And, thanks to the criminal, those names grew to include the online handle of the wildly popular video-game streamer Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, whose YouTube channel boasts an audience of nearly 88-million subscribers who tune in to watch clips of him playing games including first-person shooter “Doom 3,” zombie-survival sim “Day Z,” and rhythm game “PaRappa the Rapper.”

An image of the tag was posted to a page devoted to Brooklyn on the social-media website Reddit on Monday morning, and the graffiti remained emblazoned on the memorial a day later when this newspaper stopped by around 2 pm on Tuesday.

The command written in chalk may be a reference to the so-called “Subscribe to PewDiePie Movement,” also known as the “The Great Subscriber War,” in which the streamer’s fans promote his handle in an effort to ensure his channel remains YouTube’s most-subscribed-to outlet.

That campaign began last year, after software called Social Blade predicted another video-game-streaming channel, T-Series, could surpass Kjellberg as the platform’s most followed content creator, according to the website, which researches and documents viral Internet memes and phenomena.

And the YouTube star’s name appearing on the WWII memorial seems in especially poor taste considering videos he posted, and later removed, after critics condemned them as anti-Semitic. In 2017, Kjellberg posted a video featuring a man dressed as Jesus Christ saying, “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong,” and another for which the streamer allegedly hired two men to hold a sign that read, “Death to All Jews,” leading bigwigs at kid-friendly studio Disney to reportedly kill a distribution deal with the online celebrity.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 2:50 pm, March 5, 2019
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cg meredith from Lafayette says:
banish everything 'Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg' where ever the name is post - spread the message Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg is a parasite that is spreading hate and ignorance -
March 5, 6:43 pm
Polly Wannacracka from Cat-man-doo says:
Can anyone keep up with all this twitter nonsense, memes, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube....etc, etc... It’s exhausting. Whatever happened to Zen and yoga?
March 5, 8:31 pm
Andrew I. Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
In chalk!—well, easily erased. Not like they used spray paint...
March 6, 9:53 am
Tasty Peaches from Brooklyn says:
Maybe they just thought it was a giant chalkboard? It looks like that. Also, most people haven’t heard of World Wars 2. Maybe you could use this opportunity to educate, instead of putting down ?!
March 6, 5:08 pm
John says:
There is a mistake in this article. In no sense is T-Series a "video-game-streaming channel." It is a media company that describes itself as "India's largest Music Label & Movie Studio." The whole idea behind this subscriber war is the story of a human creator challenging a big impersonal corporation.
March 7, 1:33 pm
Haley from Park Slope says:
It was done on purpose, as a metaphor. The streaming wars are going to be remembered by history as World War Three. The subscribers are the veterans. Our future wars will be fought with clicks, not guns. Like and subscribe, like and subscribe.
March 8, 4:35 am
immabannana from why tf you care says:
no offense, but T-series is not a video game streaming channel... they produce music
March 12, 6:43 pm
Smile says:
couple notes... 1. Pewdiepie is not a streamer, hes a Youtube content creator first and fore-most. 2. T-Series is not a gaming channel. they're a music company/label. 3. Don't intentionally leave out information about the apologies and action hes done to attempt to mend the wrongdoings that hes done. make sure you do your research before your reporters,editors and writers post articles. sincerely a fellow person in the news distribution field
March 15, 12:32 am

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