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YouTuber “PewDiePie” revokes $50,000 donation to ADL after fan backlash



The content creator and YouTuber Felix Kjellberg (known online as “PewDiePie”) has today announced he will revoke his donation of $50,000 to Anti-Defamation League (ADL) after the announcement earlier this week.

Today the content creator uploaded a video “My 100 Mil Award BROKE!” where he talks about his achievement of getting to 100 million subscribers and also mentions his announcement of the donation.

Felix stated that he was “advised” to pick the ADL for this donation instead of picking a charity he was “personally passionate about,”. He goes onto say it was ” 100 percent my fault.” picking the ADL as the charity for this donation.

Later in the video, he states “it really doesn’t feel genuine to proceed with the donation at this point” he goes onto to say he wants to “keep the intent that I had but doing it with the right charity”.

The video shortly after these comments goes back to his normal commentary style, reacting to tweets about his channel hitting 100 Million Subscribers.

A spokesperson for the ADL told The Verge at the time that they learned about the “potential donation when everyone else did: when he made the announcement on his channel yesterday.”

In regards to the donation, the ADL said they haven’t been in contact with PewDiePie.

“ADL learned about the potential donation from Felix Kjellberg when everyone else did: when he made the announcement on his channel earlier this week. We have not received any communication from him beyond that.”

The incident has blown up on Twitter with the item trending today after the video was released by Felix. If you are interested in watching the video you can below:

Felix faced backlash in 2017 after he uploaded a video which saw him paying two Indian men (which he hired on the platform Fiverr) to hold up a sign saying “Death to all Jews”.

The Anti-Defamation League went after the 29-year-old for the video, accusing him of anti-Semitism and praising the company Disney for parting with him.

The CEO of ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt, tweeted a statement after the incident:

“Thank you, @Disney, for severing ties with #PewDiePie.”

PewDiePie later made an apology regarding the video, saying:

“I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online”

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