PewDiePie has defended his $50,000 (£40,500) donation to the Anti-Defamation League after followers have been left confused at why he’d help an organisation who publicly spoke out towards him.
The YouTube star, who not too long ago hit 100 million subscribers, made a video to rejoice the large milestone, which noticed him showcase his uncommon Red Diamond Play Button plaque and jokingly set his sights on ‘a thousand million’.
At one level, the star – actual identify Felix Kjellberg – talked about he had donated cash to ADL, explaining: ‘As an additional celebration, I’m donating $50,000 to Anti-Defamation League, which is an organisation that fights bigotry and prejudice in all its varieties.’
After ADL took a public stance towards Felix again in 2017, followers have been confused on the donation.
Explaining his contribution on Twitter, PewDiePie wrote: ‘Misrepresenting headlines of me has led me down a path of twists with MSM for years now. Previously it hasn’t bothered me a lot. I do know who I’m.
‘But, after the Christ Church [Christchurch, New Zealand] travesty just a few months in the past, my very own conflict with MSM was manipulated as a instrument for destruction.
‘I’m not okay with this example any longer and I’ve felt duty to make adjustments.’
Felix continued: ‘Making a donation to ADL doesn’t make sense to everybody, particularly since they’ve outright spoken towards me. I wished to indicate publicly that I can transfer previous it and transfer on.
‘I think that it’s necessary, this simply isn’t my battle anymore.’
Back in 2017, Felix confronted main backlash after he uploaded a video which noticed him paying two Indian males to carry up an indication saying ‘Death to all Jews.’
ADL slammed the 29-year-old for the video, accusing him of anti-Semitism and commending Disney for parting methods with him.
The CEO of ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt, tweeted an announcement, captioning it: ‘Thank you, @Disney, for severing ties with #PewDiePie.’
The YouTuber later apologised for the video, saying: ‘I used to be attempting to indicate how loopy the fashionable world is, particularly among the providers accessible on-line.
‘I think it’s necessary to say one thing and I wish to make one factor clear: I’m in no means supporting any type of hateful attitudes.
‘I make movies for my viewers. I consider the content material that I create as leisure, and never a spot for any severe political commentary. I do know my viewers perceive that and that’s the reason they arrive to my channel.
‘Though this was not my intention, I perceive that these jokes have been in the end offensive.
‘As laughable as it is to believe that I might actually endorse these people, to anyone unsure on my standpoint regarding hate-based groups: No, I don’t help these individuals in any means.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted ADL for remark.