On Twitter, the official account for the right-wing political party UKIP has urged followers to subscribe to PewDiePie, stating that it ‘stands with PewDiePie’.
In a message which opens with a section regarding signing a petition against the EU Copyright Directive, the tweet went on to declare support for PewDiePie versus T-Series, in their race to be the most subscribed channel on YouTube.
PewDiePie has recently been tweeting about the directive. The EU Copyright Directive, or Article 13, is a controversial directive which would require websites across the internet to police copyright infringements on their platforms. PewDiePie has tweeted about the same petition to his fans over Twitter, imploring fans to #SaveYourInternet.
UKIP went on to state that it is ‘leading the fight against the EU Copyright Directive’ and that ‘Internet memes are the frontline of the culture war’.
The UK Independence Party’s Twitter account also expressed support for figures linked to the alt-right ‘@PrisonPlanet, @not_sargon, (and) @CountDankulaTV’.
The reaction to this series of tweets has been mixed with responses across the internet including bewilderment, confusion, and in some cases support for both PewDiePie and UKIP.
This notice of support from UKIP comes as the battle between PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, and T-Series, an Indian music label continues.
PewDiePie currently has the channel with the most subscribers on YouTube, with almost 82 million. T-Series, however, is fast approaching the same number.