The Delhi Hight Court has ordered Felix Kjellberg, a.k.a PewDiePie, to "remove and disable access" to two viral diss tracks — "B*tch Lasagna" and his latest hit "Congratulations" —that the Swedish YouTuber recorded as part of his ongoing subscriber battle with Indian music label, T-Series, Dexerto reported.
The court likewise ruled that the YouTuber must "ensure that the said videos do not ever get uploaded again on the platform", Dexerto added.
While the order's validity has yet to be confirmed, fans can only speculate whether the news is real or fake.
imagine going to court because of a pewdiepie diss track lmfao, grow up. pic.twitter.com/fVRK5AH5bg— g a n k s (@gankycrepe) 11 апреля 2019 г.
PewDiePie: Take a joke!— Matty — #SaveSH 🏹 🏳️🌈 (@mattsarrow) 11 апреля 2019 г.
T-Series: *Takes the joke to court* https://t.co/E17h3i1Xw5
@TSeries Really? suing for removal? hahaha Butthurt? @pewdiepie 1 man getting sued by a whole country hahaha xD as if youtube takes Indian court serious xD, such a big company, doing nothing but upload music videos (it's not creating content) thats just uploading. PATHETIC— Igor (@RogiT_T) 10 апреля 2019 г.
Netizens have unleashed a true firestorm on social media, questioning the alleged order's efficacy:
T-series asked the Supreme Court of India to make YouTube remove @pewdiepie 's music videos from the platform.— Patches with Matches (@love2tinkle) 11 апреля 2019 г.
Does this mean we'll be getting more diss tracks?
Waiting for everyone to wake up and see that @pewdiepie is in massive shit with T-series and Indian Court… man this sucks. I don't know how you're going to survive this next controversy but the community has stuck with you for this long so we'll be with you through all of it X pic.twitter.com/o30MVXKhxP— Samantha Spurling (@Sam6832) 11 апреля 2019 г.
@TSeries i would recommend dropping the removal of @pewdiepie, it won't stand up in court and whenever legal stuff comes in you are basically saying to the 9 year olds that they should subscribe, because @TSeries can't take jokes.— Simple Raccoon (@SimpleRaccoonyt) 11 апреля 2019 г.
do they have any actual power to take the video down— DogBeef (@DogByf) 10 апреля 2019 г.
Many Indians have jumped to Pewds' defence, saying that they didn't think of his diss tracks as defamatory:
I'm an Indian and Still not defamation!— Dishank 💀 (@Dishleo10) 10 апреля 2019 г.
As an Indian I feel like I should apologize on their behalf. Gomensai. We are not like those people. Please don't think them as us.— Crow (@CrowTheCrow1) 10 апреля 2019 г.
I am from India and this news makes me disappointed. But I am sure no video will be deleted cause silly, that's not defamation— Madhav Vij (@MadHouseKiller1) 10 апреля 2019 г.
The report comes shortly after PewDiePie released his "Congratulations" diss track to sarcastically applaud T-Series for outstripping him in the subscription race. The Swedish vlogger made several jibes at the music giant and its CEO Bhushan Kumar, having accused him of tax evasion, having ties to the mafia and even alluded to sexual harassment allegations against him from October 2018.
T-Series has managed to outrun Pewds in subscription numbers on a multitude of occasions, but each time the Swede’s fans quickly helped him regain his title of the most subscribed YouTuber. PewDiePie had had the most subscribed channel since 2013, while T-Series saw a massive surge in its follower base last year due to the country’s recent, widespread procurement of Wi-Fi, thanks to mobile network provider Jio.
This is not the only scandal that Kjellberg has been involved in recent days: a Change.org petition also seeks to ban him from YouTube due to "white supremacist" content he allegedly espouts. He addressed the petition in a 7 April video, stressing that many of the claims were "blatantly misrepresenting and misinforming people".
"A lot of these points are just flat-out lies as well. Honestly, it's surprising how change.org is even letting this be up because there's nothing to back up any of the claims", Felix added.
The petition in question was launched in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque attacks after the gunman, who livestreamed the carnage on Facebook, encouraged to "subscribe to PewDiePie" moments before going on a shooting rampage that killed 50 people.