YouTube's biggest star does read his YouTube comments. Surprising absolutely no one, the comments can get pretty terrible. Especially recently. PewDiePie made a video where he details the top ten comments that get on his nerves the most, and in doing so, gives people some real talk about his YouTube situation:
Some things he tackles here are:
- Whether or not he copies other YouTubers. (Hint: no.)
- How rude people are when they suggest he should change his appearance.
- The accusation that he only makes short YouTube videos because he's in it for the money (actually, his biggest earner recently was a long video).
- When people tell him he can't complain because he's rich (something he's talked about at length in the past).
That's his more jokey take on what seems like a bubbling point of tension between Pewdiepie and his viewers. He's got a more serious video on all of this, too...excuse the thumbnail:
Here, Pewdiepie talks about how some viewers have subscribed to him for specific types of videos -- like say, horror content. Recently, however, Pewdiepie's been making a wider variety of videos, which has proven jarring for many of his viewers. In turn, some of Pewdiepie's viewership have gotten pushy with their complaints on his YouTube videos, often citing disappointment that he's not catering to his audience more.
"I feel like I've always been very honest with myself on YouTube, and very respectful to my audience," Pewdiepie said. "But I don't think I'm getting the same treatment back from you guys." Hence the video on bad YouTube comments he's been getting lately. But it goes deeper than just some awful YouTube comments. Pewdiepie seems to be in a transitional period, and some of his audience is having trouble adapting to it.
In the past, Pewdiepie says he's felt pressure to make certain types of videos to keep people happy. Things were simpler that way. But lately? He's had enough of it.
"When I feel the need to force out a video," Pewpiedie explained, "like let's say I haven't made a horror video in a while. Then I feel like, 'oh wait I haven't done one in a while, maybe I should play this one game that I wouldn't normally play, but it fits that quota. And people will be happy and if people are happy, everything will be easier.' But it's not what I want to do."
"Life is too short to be doing something you don't really wanna do," Pewdiepie said. "I don't really see the point in me making a bunch of videos that I don't really care about. I think lately you can tell that I'm really having fun while making videos, and that's how I want to keep it.
"And maybe not everyone is happy with it, but that's what I'm going to keep doing. I wish if you don't like it, then you would be respectful about it, at least. That's not the case right now, and I ain't having that."