"If you start complaining about this, you literally just sound like a crybaby and an idiot," PewPieDie said

By Natalie Stone
December 10, 2018 05:28 PM
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Lilly Signh is hoping to have a conversation with fellow YouTuber PewDiePie after he criticized her for speaking out about the wage gap.

On Dec. 3, Forbes released its list of the highest-paid YouTube stars of 2018, which did not include any women. A day later, Singh, 30, tweeted about the gender disparity.

“2 years ago it was almost even between male & female, last year it was just me and this year there are no females at all. Something I predicted in my instagram caption last year. I’m concerned the digital space is going to repeat the mistakes of ancient industries. Hope I’m wrong,” she wrote Dec. 4.

After some criticized her tweet, Singh released another statement on Twitter days later: “I tweeted about seeing no women on the YouTubers Forbes list and as a result I received some angry tweets from men. Remind me why YOU are mad again? Im not playing a ‘gender card’ I am literally stating facts about results in an article. Let’s do better. I’m not your enemy x.”

But upon seeing Singh’s comments, Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie — real name Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg — slammed her in a YouTube video.

“You know, maybe this is a crazy idea, but maybe you should plan a campaign or something like that to increase your revenue,” PewDiePie, 29, said to Singh during his Pew News segment.

He also took a jab at her recent decision to take a break from making videos to focus on her mental health.

“Something about mental health and then just come back and sell a bunch of merch afterwards,” he continued. “That would be a great idea. Maybe that would help you earn more revenue.”

PewDiePie alleged that gender doesn’t play a role when it comes to YouTube personalities getting paid.

“I think what’s interesting about this whole thing is it’s saying that men are being paid more than women, in the YouTube space, which is obviously just ridiculous,” he said. “You don’t get paid more or less based on your gender. AdSense pays the same way. If people want to subscribe to you, they generally do it because they enjoy your videos, not because  of your gender. That’s just ridiculous. But if you start complaining about this, you literally just sound like a crybaby and an idiot, which you are Lilly Singh, just in case you weren’t sure.”

In a series of eight tweets, Singh clarified that she didn’t care about not personally making the Forbes list, but rather her concern was that no women were represented.

“Shout outs to everyone who uses their voice and influence to spread love, acceptance and inclusion. I understand that is a choice. You could just as easily be mean spirited and hateful. I appreciate you for making that choice,” she tweeted. “I know there is little point in clarifying anything on the internet but in my heart, I feel I do want to clarify the following because I believe true feminism is a conversation led with compassion and understanding. It’s a conversation for everyone…”

“A few days ago I tweeted about zero women being on the Forbes YouTuber list. My concern wasn’t ME not being on the list. I likely don’t deserve to be on the list this year tbh. I’ve had a tough year. I know that. My concern was NO female representation…,” she continued. “And by pointing out that concern, I am not attacking the men on the list. They should be proud of their accomplishments. Even the few who may not be fond of me. Secure your bag my friend.”

Singh explained that she was not “attacking Forbes or YouTube,” but rather “simply pointing out a concerning cultural pattern/trend that I see within the industry. And as woman and honestly, just as a human being, I feel it’s important to be concerned about patterns like this.”

“So to everyone who is down to have a conversation about this with insightful thoughts, let’s do it. But to everyone tweeting me saying ‘maybe girls just don’t make good content’ hit me up when you’re ready to exchange meaningful dialogue,” she said. “And if standing up for my fellow women/sisters makes me a target for attack, then I’ll learn to live with that. I say this with love in my heart and a smile on my face. Zero desire to create drama. I love my mind too much for that.”

In a friendly tweet directed at PewPieDie, she publicly shared her hope to speak with him in the near future.

“Hey @pewdiepie, I just followed you,” Singh tweeted. “Please follow me back again so I can DM you. Speak soon hopefully =) x.”