PewDiePie explains why he’s canceling $50K ADL donation

Published: 12/Sep/2019 17:09 Updated: 14/Apr/2020 10:51

by Eli Becht


Felix ‘PewDiePie‘ Kjellberg received a lot of backlash from his fans after announcing a $50,000 donation to the Anti-Defamation League – a donation he has since retracted.

In an attempt to bury the hatchet, PewDiePie made a sizable donation to the ADL, an organization that stands against the defamation of Jewish people, so he could move past his rivalry with the mainstream media.

However, his fanbase had a lot of issues with this, as r/PewDiePieSubmissions was flooded with angry fans, and he made a since-deleted statement on Twitter defending his donation.

A day later, the tweet has been deleted and he reversed his stance.

The deleted tweet.

At the beginning of a video on September 12, he announced he was not going through with the donation, and said he was advised to make the donation by his sponsor Honey.

Since he was in the process of getting married, he didn’t have proper time to research a charity he felt strongly about.

“I made the mistake of picking a charity I was advised to consider instead of picking a charity that I’m personally passionate about,” he explained.  “Which is 100% my fault.”

PewDiePie is YouTube’s biggest individual creator.

Instead, PewDiePie is redirecting the money and saving it for a charity he has more passion for, noting that his fanbase took issue with his relatively brief donation announcement in his 100 million subscriber video.

“When I uploaded the video talking about the charity it was very brief and people could tell something was off,” he said. “The whole internet just didn’t believe it.”

He explained the donation was done to help him move past all of his previous controversies, including the Christchurch shooter shouting his name out.

“To be fair, I saw it as an opportunity to put an end to these alt-right claims that have been thrown against me.”

The Swedish YouTuber has not yet said what charity his donation will go to instead, so fans should keep an eye out for that in the future.

This latest installment comes in what has been a whirlwind of major events for PewDiePie, as he got marriedhit 101 million subscribers, and now had his charity controversy all in the course of a couple of weeks.

If there are any more developments surrounding this story, we’ll keep you updated at Dexerto.


LS reveals how xQc reached out to him during T1 fans backlash

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:57

by Alex Garton


Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare has revealed that Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel reached out to him during the T1 backlash offering his support and advice.

T1’s accidental leak that revealed LS was set to be the organization’s new League of Legends coach resulted in a wave of backlash against both parties.

Fans of the organization opted to send unjustifiable racial and homophobic abuse towards LS, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending packages to her address. T1, from an outside perspective, did not handle the situation appropriately and seemingly offered little support to LS during this period.

This resulted in LS disabling his Twitter and going completely dark for a short period of time. This was no doubt due to the amount of hate and criticism he was receiving from T1 fans. One person who reached to support him was huge Twitch personality xQc.

xQc has over four million followers on Twitch.

xQc reached out to LS during T1 fans backlash

LS revealed on stream that the Twitch personality reached out to him in support. “Before I disabled my Twitter and went dark on everything, xQc was one of the very few people who reached out to me,” he said.

It was obvious LS was surprised he had reached out to him due to the streamer’s popularity: “Despite the fact that I’m like an insect compared to him, in terms of like brand and size and everything, it’s very nice.”

LS repeated multiple times that xQc is a “real one”, showing his appreciation for his support and care.

It’s clear that xQc reaching out to LS really meant a lot to him and helped him get through the difficult patch. Sometimes, just reaching out to somebody going through a hard time can make a world of difference.

Now, it’s just great to see LS back on track with the League of Legends content and streaming again.