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PewDiePie Has Apologized After Sharing An "Insensitive" Meme About Demi Lovato

The controversial YouTuber deleted the meme and tweeted, "I didn't fully know about the situation."

Posted on July 26, 2018, at 5:58 a.m. ET

YouTuber PewDiePie has apologized after sharing a meme making fun of Demi Lovato's hospitalization for a suspected overdose on Tuesday.


Hours after posting the meme, he deleted it and posted an apology, saying: "I didn't fully know about the situation."

Deleted meme. I didnt mean anything with it and I didnt fully know about the situation. I realize now it was insensitive, sorry!

It appears that PewDiePie didn't make the meme himself, but took it from social media or another website. Numerous memes mocking Lovato and her overdose have spread over the past couple days.

However, the meme sparked outrage.

@pewdiepie come on bro, this is making light of something that a lot of humanity struggles with day in and day out, and countless families have been torn apart by it. Offensive humor for the sake of offensiveness isn’t edgy, it’s just lazy and destructive.

@pewdiepie Yeah um Felix that’s not funny thanks

Many fans felt let down by the behavior of PewDiePie — real name Felix Kjellberg — after repeatedly supporting him through scandals.

@pewdiepie come on felix, we’ve stayed with you through a l o t, don’t make a joke out of someone struggling with such a terrible addiction. she’s been fighting this for literal years, she went to rehab for this. this is not an okay joke to make. there is no okay joke to make about this.

Wait, so PewDiePie criticized Logan Paul for being insensitive (which he is) but here he is making fun of Demi who overdosed on drugs? No wonder only 12 year olds watch him #PewdiepieIsOverParty

well im glad we all agree that pewdiepie is officially cancelled !

Fans of Lovato started the hashtag #PewdiepieIsOverParty to draw attention to his behavior.

Are you honestly damn serious? @pewdiepie What the hell is wrong with you? #DemiLovato #PewdiepieisOverParty

#PewdiepieIsOverParty how can somebody be so disrespectful, offensive, and insensitive? also, this isn’t the first time... 🙄

I gave pewdiepie/felix a chance now he lost that chance once he joked about demi's overdose. #PewdiepieIsOverParty

But some people still supported him.

@pewdiepie Dark humor is like food, not everyone gets it.

@pewdiepie Drug addicts: *overdose* General public: their fault for being stupid Demi lovato: *overdoses* General public: don't joke about this she has personal issuses she needs support

Literally anyone except @pewdiepie could’ve posted that and it have been fine but y’all just love going at that man’s throat🤭

Lovato was hospitalized on Tuesday. While the cause has not been disclosed, her family have said that "some of the information being reported is incorrect."

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

"Demi is awake and with her family, who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support," representatives for Lovato's family said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

The news prompted fans and fellow celebrities to send messages of support to the 25-year-old.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Pewdiepie and YouTube for comment.

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