That’s what “Subscribe to PDP” is about, yes, always has been.
As you say though, that’s basically a racist thing. It’s not just linking India and Islam, in fact I don’t think that’s the main issue. It’s more than a self-important, irascible, internet-y blonde white Swede man (the perfect being to many Neo-nazi and alt-right types) became “king of the internet” or at least “king of youtube”, then was knocked off that spot by the fact that “brown people” (OH NO!) weren’t actually super-interested in seeing a whinge-y white guy do silly voices in largely boring streams vaguely relating to games. The fact that what Indian people like is being shown to be more important than what white guys like is the problem, is the reason for “subscribe to PDP”, I mean, how dare those Indian people not know their place, I guess?
And PDP, whether he likes it or not, and whether he ever intended it or not, absolutely is an icon to the alt-right and many younger neo-nazis. He’s got everything they want - the look (relatively chiseled if slightly weedy - thus attainable - blonde Nordic appearance), the attitude (everything is always everyone else’s fault, he never does anything wrong, it’s okay to laugh at anything or anyone, especially if they’re not middle-class white people), and the popularity. The only thing he doesn’t have, but the believe that he secretly harbours, is a burning hatred of non-white people, women, and so on.
I’m quite sure they’re extremely wrong. I mean, let’s be real, PDP is a Forrest Gump for our age.
He’s a not-terribly-bright (I mean not thick but there is nothing of genius about him) young Swedish dude who absolutely lucked into his popularity, by expressing a certain zeitgeist in a very non-challenging, very accessible, very “boy next door” kind of way that a lot of younger men could relate to. He always reminds me of a Simpsons episode, where Lisa is reading a magazine titled “Non-Threatening Boys” - he’s the sort of friend equivalent of that for young men. He’s funny, but not too funny. He’s edgy, but not too edgy. He’s good-looking, but not too good-looking. And so on.
He’s done some stupid and racist shit, but I tend to believe he regrets it and was acting out of ignorance, because he seems very, very ignorant/sheltered and a little bit short-sighted. I do expect he will literally go insane at some point when his popularity starts to seriously flag though. But that’s a different discussion.
On a separate note, some spectacular “Hitler was a vegetarian!”-style blame-shifting has emerged from the right I note, whilst they at the same time praise-condemn-praise the shooter. Apparently he wasn’t pro-climate-change (!?! is anyone under 40?!?) so he “couldn’t” have been far-right (?!?) for example.