His point was that for $5, you could get anyone to do anything on Fiverr, even if it was racist.
That point has been lost in faux outrage, suddenly bought back to life by the WSJ in search of–what else–clicks and revenue.
Personally, I believe crossing the line is a good thing to do. Challenging boundaries is a good thing to do. Upsetting the status quo? So much the better. Pewdiepie is not arrogant, I don’t think; it’s a persona. Does he have talent? Well, that’s subjective, but he has 53m fans, so whatever he’s doing, it works for a lot of people.
Besides, as other commentators have pointed out, this isn’t really going to hurt PDP: he’s too big to be toppled by this. It’s a literal storm in a tea cup, and I find the pursed lips about what he did to be rather unedifying when Fiverr’s panicky reaction and eventual backtracking is worthy of so much more commentary–and the same can easily go for the super-slow reaction times of the network and others. It’s all a bullshit shitshow.
Like I said, I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes back with. Both guns blazing, middle fingers aloft, please!