PewDiePie vs T-Series, popularly known as The Great Subscriber War, was a widespread YouTube event in which two channels PewDiePiTube channel who held the title for 5 years, 3 months and 5 days, jokingly declared a race against T-Series to make sure he stayed the most subscribed channel, which eventually became taken somewhat seriously and sparked a massive campaign throughout the world. Many YouTubers consider this the greatest YouTube feud of all time, with it being massively widespread across YouTube and the internet.
The campaign was also prominently endorsed by MrBeast, who brought billboards to advertise PewDiePie as well attending the Super Bowl with his friends wearing shirts that spelled out "SUB 2 PEWDIEPIE", strategically standing in view of cameras broadcasting the game. Other stunts included mass printer hackings, cheerleader dances to PewDiePie's diss track B***h Lasagna, a march in Estonia, and controversially, the defacing of a World War II memorial.
The movement gained much attention and caused media outrage and somewhat of a social panic on the Internet, as media outlets found themselves targeted by pro-PewDiePie fans including hacking of the Wall Street Journal, who infamously ran harsh articles on PewDiePie's 2017 Fiverr incident, to display a purported apology for running such articles. Outlets like Vox have also been heavily criticized for running similar articles.
In the midst of the movement, a Change.org petition by purported activist Maria Ruiz surfaced regarding removing white supremacy from YouTube, however, it's description actually regarded PewDiePie, which caused massive controversy and outrage with users urging others to report the petition for slander. It was later found out she was a controversial figure in herself.
On April 28, 2019, PewDiePie officially announced that he wanted the Subscribe to PewDiePie meme to end, citing its appropriation by alt-right individuals such as the perpetrator of the Christchurch mosque shooting and other acts done in the name of the meme (such as the defacing of the WW2 memorial), thus ending PewDiePie vs T-Series as a whole.
T-Series has been the fastest growing YouTube channel since late 2017. Since December 2017, when they were getting 100,000 subscribers daily consistently, they were growing 4 times faster than PewDiePie.
On August 29, 2018, PewDiePie made his first video on T-Series due to the YouTube community and big YouTubers discussing their growth against PewDiePie. It was featured in a LWIAY episode. PewDiePie mentions T-Series at the start and says he was "looking to fight back IRL" while flaunting a fake sword, to prevent T-Series from surpassing him in subscribers. This was an exaggerated satirical approach. Felix himself probably has nothing against the company and nothing against Indians. The video caused many other creators on YouTube and other media to "fight back" as well, making T-Series more well-known among the English-speaking audience.
PewDiePie later made a video called "T-SERIES EXPOSED?", an episode of the "PewNews" series. PewDiePie read a comment from his subreddit. The comment says that you will be automatically subscribed to T-Series once you create an account in India. PewDiePie then asked Indian fans to test this. He also mentioned T-Series having over 62 million subscribers, but little to no views on their recent videos. He later created a diss track called "b***h lasagna", now his most viewed video, which was produced by Party In Backyard.
On October 5, 2018, PewDiePie released a diss track on T-Series named, "b***h lasagna", originally named "T-SERIES DISS TRACK". The song was made with the help of Party In Backyard and shot/edited by Brad (fakemarzia).
When the music video was released on the PewDiePie channel, it received more views than Eminem's song, "Venom" in an hour. It also took down T-Series' growth on that day, gaining only 90,000 subscribers, while averaging getting 120,000 subscribers a day that month.
Party In Backyard also released an instrumental of the track on November 28, 2018, which soon sparked many covers, remixes, and parodies.
The diss contains many references, which can be found described in depth on Genius' b***h lasagna lyric page, many being satirical and joking, with no harmful intentions. For instance, the line "I'm a blue eyes white dragon while you're just dark magician" refers to Yu-Gi-Oh cards, often seen as "nerdy" and far from the tough superior "diss" persona many rappers use. Many seem to mistake the diss as towards Indians as a whole, but this is not the case. The line, "You India, You Lose” for instance, is a reference to his "You Laugh, You Lose" series, which he names "You [Country], You Lose" if the video is about memes from a specific country.
CRY (Child's Rights and You) Charity Organization
Much has been brought to the YouTube community since "PewDiePie vs. T-Series" began. While most of it has been the influx of harmless interaction and jokes, there have been a reserved few who have sparked genuine racism towards Indians. Felix addressed this in his video, "This is getting out of control..." where he asks users to stop making hateful remarks about Indians as a whole, and he has nothing against Indians, just the music label; calling the insults "really distasteful [and] unnecessary."
On the same video, he announced a charity fundraiser to support "the Indian 9-year-olds", linking it in the description. The fundraiser raised 179,192 Euros (over the 150,000 goal) in just a day of it being up. Felix states the reason for him doing this is that while it had been fun battling T-Series, he wanted to take the opportunity to create something positive.
MrBeast advertising PewDiePie
At the start of the PewDiePie vs. T-Series battle, fellow YouTuber MrBeast wanted to help PewDiePie. On October 26, 2018, he released a video called "I Bought Every Billboard In My City For This", in which he used the Billboards to advertise PewDiePie, urging people to subscribe to him and make sure he stayed the most subscribed YouTube channel. Additionally, MrBeast used posters, National Television, and the radio. T-Series was 100,000 subscribers away from surpassing PewDiePie at this time.
After the release of the video and billboards, PewDiePie received over 180,000 subscribers, and over 360,000 subscribers the next day. The 360,000 subscribers were the most subscribers PewDiePie had ever received in a day.
Throughout the 'battle', T-Series has made no response. They still release music videos, lyric videos, audio of the music, and BTS. The only thing T-Series have mentioned is that they are "just one small step away from being the world's largest channel" (in a tweet). The fans criticize T-Series for alleged subscriber-botting. They also retweeted a few tweets from artists that work at T-Series asking fans to subscribe to T-Series.
Indian YouTuber Saiman Says also contributed, putting up T-Series billboards jokingly around India, though he is actually a fan of PewDiePie and set up PewDiePie billboards across India, gaining him a shout-out from Felix.
MrBeast says PewDiePie 100,000 Times
The billboards did not stop T-Series. They were approximately 90,000 subscribers away from surpassing PewDiePie, before MrBeast made another video to keep PewDiePie #1 most subscribed. On November 25, 2018, MrBeast said PewDiePie 100,000 times. At the start of the video, he told his fans and new-comers to subscribe to PewDiePie" and to help him win the war". The subscriber growth was given to PewDiePie once again, gaining 244,000 subscribers on the day of the upload, and 247,000 subscribers the next day.
On November 29, 2018, Twitter users posted screenshots of printouts from internet-connected printers saying that PewDiePie needs their help. It turned out over 50,000 printers were hacked, printing a message asking people to subscribe to PewDiePie, unsubscribe from T-Series, and spread awareness using the hashtag #SavePewDiePie. The middle of the printout contains an ASCII figure of a “brofist,” a gesture from PewDiePie and his logo/channel branding. The screenshots have no specific origin; users from Canada to the UK have received it.
The individual responsible, a hacker who goes by TheHackerGiraffe , claims they found a repository of 800,000 open printers on Shodan.io – a search engine to find out devices connected to the internet – and took over 50,000 of them and sent out a command to print his message, claiming that it just took him 30 minutes to learn, code, and take control of the printers, and taking it as a point of awareness for printer security.
“People underestimate how easy a malicious hacker could have used a vulnerability like this to cause major havoc,” TheHackerGiraffe told The Verge. “Hackers could have stolen files, installed malware, caused physical damage to the printers and even use the printer as a foothold into the inner network."
SurrenderDespite MrBeast's attempts to help PewDiePie, Felix made a tweet saying, "It looks like this is it bois." attaching a picture of text saying "Dawn of The Final Day -24 Hours Remain-"( "From Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask"), in which PewDiePie surrenders his #1 most subscribed title, as T-Series' growth had not stopped, and PewDiePie failed to catch up.
MrBeast also made a tweet responding to PewDiePie saying "It was an honor fighting by your side", in which MrBeast gives up and can no longer help PewDiePie further, possibly to prevent lack of PewDiePie videos from MrBeast, as it can get weaker along the way.Many other well-known internet personas such as Grandayy, Sr Pelo and Pyrocynical encouraged PewDiePie to never give up, but others, like TheSyndicateProject, Mini Ladd and CouRage, accepted his fate.
This wasn't the end, as creators of all kind joined forces, despite background or history, to not only keep PewDiePie #1, but to save YouTube from corporate invasion.
YouTubers Do Their Part
Right after PewDiePie surrendered, creators on YouTube refused to give up. Markiplier, a long-time friend of PewDiePie, made a 1-hour live stream encouraging his subscribers to subscribe to PewDiePie where he "Literally Won't Shut Up Until You Subscribe To PewDiePie", continuously telling his live viewers to subscribe to PewDiePie, which was successful. Jacksepticeye wrote a poem, Durv challenged himself to watch PewDiePie's "b***h lasagna" for 24 hours, Joe Jenkins live-streamed him playing "b***h lasagna" at a mall until someone told him to stop, even Logan Paul offered his help (with a catch), after Felix joked about calling for help, saying, "we are that desperate".
T-Series was 14,550 subscribers away before being number 1 most subscribed, and after the help from other successful YouTubers, PewDiePie was 320,000 subscribers above and gained 544,000 subscribers in 1 day, a first in PewDiePie's YouTube history. By mid-December, the subscriber gap between PewDiePie and T-Series was over 1.3 million.
Many parodies, covers, remixes, and variations of "b***h lasagna" have also come into sight since PartyInBackyard released an instrumental, such as a Minecraft parody by grande1899 titled "Witch Savana", a rock version by Tsuko G, a metal cover by pellekofficial, "B***h Wasagna OwO", an owo cover by Dottovu, an Otamatone cover by TheRealSullyG, a Google Translate remix by heiakim Music, amongst many others. A DJ, known as Ghastly also played PewDiePie's "b***h lasagna" at one of his concert's to get his fans to subscribe to PewDiePie.
On February 21, 2019, YouTuber BK4 live-streamed himself saying "T-Gay" 15,000 times. Then on March 11, 2019, he live-streamed himself saying "T-Gay" 25,000 times.
Fans Do Their Part
Since the battle, many fans have been "doing their part" from around the globe, which started as an inside joke on the PewDiePie Reddit page. Many putting up flyers around town or contributing in other ways, such as a Bunnings Warehouse employee announcing "subscribe to PewDiePie" at an intercom at work, two kids holding up signs walking around the street in the pouring rain, and developer Gurpreet Singh Matharoo making a T-Series battle based video game (demo), which Felix played in this video. Felix addressed many of these in his video "I am SO proud of this community." amongst many other LWIAY episodes.
Though the PewDiePie vs T-Series trend started to decrease in popularity, anytime T-Series is close to surpassing PewDiePie, YouTubers still do their part and make sure PewDiePie stays the most subscribed. It had been done multiple times which still makes PewDiePie the most subscribed YouTube channel.
Especially after YouTubers did their part multiple times previously, PewDiePie played and live-streamed popular franchise Fortnite for the first time on February 3, 2019, to stay ahead of T-Series. The stream had over 300,000 live viewers and successfully made him stay the most subscribed YouTube channel. The Livestream also made it to #1 on Trending for Gaming immediately.
MrBeast advertising PewDiePie at the Super BowlAt Super Bowl LIII (53), MrBeast bought seats by the end zone so he and his affiliates could wear shirts word by word saying "SUB 2 PEW DIE PIE" and was seen on television by around 110 million viewers. ESPN tweeted a picture with MrBeast and his friend asking viewers to subscribe to PewDiePie. The subscriber difference between PewDiePie and T-Series grew from 50,000 subscribers to 277,000 subscribers in one day.
T-Series surpasses PewDiePie
In February 2019, the gap started getting closer again, and the record for the lowest gap was broken multiple times in the second half of February. On February 22, T-Series overtook PewDiePie for the first time, because of YouTube's daily subscriber audit, which is used to delete inactive subscribers / fake subscribers. PewDiePie, but T-Series went up, making an easy surpass against PewDiePie. But PewDiePie quickly reclaimed the spot as most subscribed 8 minutes later after Elon Musk finally hosted an episode of 'Meme Review'.
Occasionally, T-Series does surpass PewDiePie thanks to the YouTube audit which happens every day at 2:30 PM EST. T-Series gains subscribers during the audit, but PewDiePie goes down in subscribers most of the time, giving T-Series a closer gap to passing PewDiePie, or passing PewDiePie for a short period of time before PewDiePie holds the title again for another 23 hours on average.
During the night time for US and UK, T-Series started to grow faster than PewDiePie and occasionally surpasses PewDiePie. On March 21, 2019, T-Series was ahead by 34,000 subscribers and held the most subscribed title for 11 hours.
Gunman Urges People to Subscribe to PewDiePie
On March 15, 2019, a gunman killed 50 Muslims and injured 50 others at two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques. Right before entering the mosque, the shooter said: "Remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie".
PewDiePie responded on Twitter about the shooting and felt sickened about his name being brought up. His tweet got over 500,000 likes in 24 hours. However, the controversy came in and multiple journalists blamed PewDiePie for playing a role in the terrorist attack, however this has been met with scorn.
After this incident, Cult of Dusty along with many others posted all the list of PewDiePie's followers to send deaththreat against him as retaliation, this forced PewDiePie to unfollow everyone on Twitter other than BTS.
The Race to 100 Million Subscribers
Since T-Series surpassed PewDiePie multiple times, Felix changed up the race and decided the finish line would be to reach 100 million subscribers first, instead of keeping the most subscribed title. Felix claimed after he hopes to reach 100 million subscribers before T-Series, he will accept T-Series taking the spot as most subscribed, however on May 29, 2019, T-Series beat the race to 100 million subscribers against Felix.
Defeat and Comeback
In the early mornings of March 27, 2019, T-Series surpassed PewDiePie, but this time, they stayed the most subscribed for an amount of time. Within 2 days, T-Series was 80,000 subscribers ahead. 3 days later, 100,000 subscribers ahead.
3 days after being officially surpassed by T-Series, Felix uploaded a video "We lost (not happy)", another episode of LWIAY. Felix says that it was all just a troll and sub counts do not matter. On March 31, PewDiePie made a music video "Congratulations", congratulating T-Series on surpassing PewDiePie in subscribers. However, after the "Congratulations" video was released, PewDiePie started gaining a massive following. In just 12 hours, T-Series was 100,000 subscribers ahead and PewDiePie is now 200,000 subscribers ahead as of April 2, 2019.
T-Series blocks PewDiePie in India
In April 2019, the Delhi High Court ordered the removal of PewDiePie videos due to "racist" and "derogatory" comments towards India. Following this, on April 11, b***h lasagna and Congratulations got blocked in India.
The effect and hype of "Congratulations" gradually dissipated as PewDiePie rapidly slowed down; the censorship of his music videos in India also did not help him. Pepsi's sponsorship of T-Series on its song "Har Ghoont Mein Swag" was placed on the homepage of Indian YouTube, which allowed T-Series to quickly make a move and surpass PewDiePie to be the most subscribed YouTube channel on April 13, 2019. "Slowly Slowly", a collaboration single between Guru Randhawa and Pitbull released on April 19, only worsened the situation for PewDiePie. By April 28, T-Series was over a million subscribers ahead of PewDiePie.
On April 28, 2019, Felix asked his fans to stop the war and the 'Subscribe to PewDiePie' slogan, citing events like the Christchurch shooting, where a shooter yelled the slogan before opening firing on Muslims worshipping in New Zealand.
“I think it’s time to end the ‘subscribe to Pewdiepie’ movement, or meme,” Felix says in the video. He goes on to say that, following the Christchurch shooting, he came to believe, “It’s clear to me the ‘subscribe to Pewdiepie’ movement should have ended then.”
Originally Felix believed the movement and the meme would only last “just a couple of days or maybe a week” and was surprised by the amount of support it received and continued to receive over the last few months. However, as the meme has continued, it led to some horrendous acts. Felix mentions an example from earlier this year when a World War 2 monument was defaced with graffiti that mentioned the slogan.
Felix states in the video he believes when you have an audience of “over 90 million people, you’re bound to get a few degenerates.” He hoped this graffiti incident would be the end of these more hateful acts inspired by his meme.
“Some of the media,” he says in today’s video, have made the meme about “race or politics or nationality, and I don’t agree with that at all and I want that to stop... This negative rhetoric is something I don’t agree with at all. To make it perfectly clear, no I’m not racist, no I don’t support any form of racist comments or hate toward anyone.”
“This movement started out of love and support,” he concludes, “so let’s end it with that.”
#1 Reigns of T-Series
|February 22, 2019||1||8 minutes 2 seconds||Yes|
|March 9, 2019||1||2 minutes 34 seconds||No|
|March 11, 2019||1||4 minutes 48 seconds||Yes|
|March 11, 2019||1||18 minutes 14 seconds||Yes|
|March 12, 2019||1||12 seconds||Yes|
|March 13, 2019||1||18 minutes 35 seconds||Yes|
|March 15, 2019||1||18 minutes 4 seconds||Yes|
|March 17, 2019||1||6 minutes 52 seconds||No|
|March 17, 2019||1||12 minutes 38 seconds||Yes|
|March 18, 2019||1||13 minutes 48 seconds||No|
|March 18, 2019||1||5 minutes 52 seconds||Yes|
|March 19, 2019||3||50 seconds||No|
|March 19, 2019||1||30 minutes 30 seconds||Yes|
|March 20, 2019||33||48 minutes||No|
|March 20, 2019||1||32 minutes 14 seconds||Yes|
|March 21, 2019||1||11 hours 36 minutes||No|
|March 21, 2019||1||52 minutes||Yes|
|March 22, 2019||6||11 minutes||No|
|March 22, 2019||1||29 minutes||Yes|
|March 24, 2019||1||Unknown (<24 hours)||Yes|
|March 25, 2019||1||17 hours 18 minutes||No|
|March 25-26, 2019||59||14 hours 40 minutes||No|
|March 27, 2019||1||5 days 7 hours 33 minutes||No|
|April 14, 2019||1||
1 year, 5 months, 8 days (So Far)
- ↑ Ending the Subscribe to Pewdiepie Meme
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