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Pewdiepie decries New Zealand mosque mass shooting attack

Pewdiepie tweeted out his condolences to the victims of the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand.

The West Australian

Tragedy has struck the community of Christchurch, as two mosques have been victims of a coordinated mass shooting attack leaving a significant amount of people dead. One of the gunmen live streamed on Facebook Live before beginning the attack and told his viewers "remember lads, subscribe to pewdiepie." Pewdiepie took to social media immediately to decry the attacks. Please take a look.

Facebook has taken down the video, but Pewdiepie himself confirms hearing his name uttered by one of the gunmen who attacked two mosques during prayers. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed multiple fatalities and that they have four people in custody. Three men and one woman have taken the lives of people worshipping peacefully today. Commissioner Bush also confirmed that there were a number of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) on the vehicles that they stopped. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described this mass shooting attack as "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

"I saw dead people everywhere. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque." Witness Len Peneha - who rushed into the Masjid Al Noor mosque to help after hearing dozens of shots - told the Associated Press.

Brenton Tarrant, one of the gunman in custody, uttered a very popular pewdiepie meme and he also posted a 74-page manifesto titled "The Great Replacement" on a website detailing his plans to attack "foreign invaders" who caused thousands of deaths in Europe. While pewdiepie has nothing to do with this person or his ideology, memes sometimes become wrapped up in things that they were never intended to convey. This is much like Pepe the Frog cartoon, who was repurposed by white supremacists in 2016. None of the blame for this attack should rest with Pewdiepie, and his immediate response to the attack is exactly the kind of message of peace the world needs at a time like this.

The muslim community of Christchurch has been terrorized today. Islam is a religion of peace, and many people who were practicing their right to worship were murdered in their sanctuary. It is a very sad day for the people of New Zealand, and we send our condolences to the victims of this heinous act of terror.


Asif Khan is the Luminary and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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