Swedish YouTuber’s pic altered, is passed off as king, Duterte fan

A pro-Duterte Facebook page posted a doctored photo of famous Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, showing him wearing a pro-Duterte T-shirt and claiming him to be “King Johan III Könrad.”

Solid Duterte Supporters against Gang Shabu published the photo Dec. 2 with the caption:

Dahil,, mdame nkitang PEKEG SUPORTERS,, 2NAY N MKABAYAN LANG MAKAKAPAGSUOT NITO (Since there are so many fake supporters, only a true nationalist can wear this).

Johan III was the king of Sweden in the late 1500's. The current monarch is King Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus.

Kjellberg, famously known online as “PewDiePie,” is popular for his “Let's Play” gaming commentaries, vlogs and comedic content. As of 2019, he holds the second largest following on YouTube with more than 100 million subscribers.

A reverse image search shows Kjellberg’s photo is from his 2015 book launch in New York City.

An image analysis indicates the pro-Duterte T-shirt the sentence “King Johan III Konrad supports Duterte” are components overlaid onto the original photo.

The image of the T-shirt can be found at an online apparel shop, the link of which was provided in the FB post.

The stray marks on Kjellberg's shirt encricled by FactRakers also indicate manipulation of the photo.

The FB page continues to circulate images of Kjellberg as Sweden’s king. As of writing the post has accumulated 433 interactions, 140 shares and 123 comments. (AL, MN)


Busby, M. (2019, August 25). PewDiePie surpasses 100m subscriber mark on YouTube. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/25/pewdiepie-surpasses-100m-subscribers-youtube

Humphrey, M. (2016, April 27). Updated: YouTube's quality paradox: PewDiePie explains it and might even solve it. Forbes.com. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhumphrey/2016/04/27/youtubes-quality-paradox-pewdiepie-explains-it-and-might-even-solve-it/#e1903b654173

Getty Images (2015, October 29). PewDiePie signs copies of his new book "This Book Loves You." Retrieved from https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/pewdiepie-signs-copies-of-his-new-book-this-book-loves-you-news-photo/494848206?adppopup=true

Solid Duterte Supporters against Gang Shabu. (2019, December 1). YES NA BIG PA.Habang nagiging HATER YN MGA YELLOW TAE N YN,, TULOY TULOY LNG PGAKYAT NI PRECEDENT DU30 S INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. [Facebook update]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/362336694629119/photos/a.367091977486924/504832723712848/?type=3&theater

Solid Duterte Supporters against Gang Shabu. (2019, December 2). Dahil,, mdame nkitang PEKEG SUPORTERS,, 2NAY N MKABAYAN LANG MAKAKAPAGSUOT NITO. [Facebook update]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/362336694629119/photos/a.367091977486924/505452546984199/?type=3&theater

Solid Duterte Supporters against Gang Shabu. (2019, December 2). O AYAN N S LAHAT N NGSASABI D RAW S JOHAN KONRAD KING OF SWEDEN ETO N GOOGLE MSMO,,FAKE NEWS PA DELAWAN,, MDAMI KAME TGSUPORTA N PANGOLO. [Facebook update]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/362336694629119/photos/a.367091977486924/505231353672985/?type=3&theater