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PewDiePie makes incredible gesture for charity in honor of Keanu Reeves

Published: 17/Jun/2019 18:51 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 18:53

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, like many across the internet, is currently obsessed with A-List actor Keanu Reeves, following his meme-worthy appearance at E3 2019 – but he’s doing much more than making ‘Meme Review’ videos about the John Wick lead.

PewDiePie uploaded yet another video discussing the celebrity on June 17, following his initial ‘Meme Review’ episode discussing Reeves, which gave any and all Keanu memes a 10/10.

This time, PewDiePie took a deep dive into Reeves’ life story, noting that the actor had experienced a rough past leading up to his current stardom in the mainstream media.

Reeves’ youth saw a troubled relationship with his parents, with his father abandoning his family when he was just three years old and his mother remarrying multiple times, leaving him in the care of nannies and babysitters.

Later in life, Reeves’ girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, gave birth to their stillborn child, later dying in a motor vehicle accident – while his sister fought for her life against Leukemia, ultimately surviving the disease.

Marybel Pape, Wikimedia CommonsKeanu Reeves international fame follows his difficult past, which saw his sister battle with Leukemia – a battle that led him to start his own, secret charity organization to fund research about the disease.
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It was due to these harrowing details that PewDiePie decided to donate all profits made from his video toward the Leukemia Research Foundation – as well as a personal detail from his own life.

“It’s where Keanu donated a lot of money,” Kjellberg explained. “His sister went through Leukemia and she survived. It took my grandad. I thought that could be a nice ending to it, and have a nice Keanu effect.”

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PewDiePie also noted that the now-famous heckler at Keanu’s E3 presentation was offered an early copy of Cyberpunk 2077, who ultimately turned the offer down, asking the developers to donate to charity, instead.

This wouldn’t be the first time Kjellberg has delved into charity by far; in fact, the Swede even orchestrated a massive charity drive for ‘Child Rights and You’ in December 2018, an India-based organization founded to benefit struggling children.

PewDiePie’s initial goal of £150,000 was promptly surpassed, raising over $246,000 for the charity in the midst of his heated battle with Bollywood music label T-Series, who ultimately took his crown of being YouTube’s most subscribed channel in late March.

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Fans rally as Sykkuno, Dream, and more are snubbed by Twitter Verified

Published: 3/Dec/2020 11:44

by Georgina Smith

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On December 2, Twitter rolled out a huge mass verification, where many accounts of top gamers, streaming personalities and more were finally verified after a rather long wait. But some fans were left frustrated when Twitter seemed to gloss over popular creators like Sykkuno, Dream, and CallMeCarson.

Verification on Twitter is often regarded as a huge achievement for rising creators. That little blue tick is generally a marker that someone is making it big, leading to frequent campaigns led by fans for their favorite creators to be granted verified status.

Twitter decided to grant several wishes all at once on December 2 when they verified a huge number of accounts in one go. One such account was that of Corpse Husband, a YouTuber who has been on the platform for a few years, but experienced an unprecedented surge in popularity this year following the Among Us hype.

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Corpse Husband is a wildly popular YouTuber who skyrocketed to fame for his Among Us content, although he also narrates True Horror stories and creates music.

But not everyone was celebrating, as among the chaos of fans and creators rejoicing at their new-found verification, some big names were left behind.

Popular streamer Sykkuno trended on the site with the hashtag ‘VerifySykkuno’ as fans vented their frustration about the snub. “Do it, he deserves it,” one fan wrote.

Screenshot showing VerifySykkuno trending on Twitter

Fellow streamer Valkyrae tweeted a message in support of the internet campaign, which Sykkuno even retweeted from his account.

Other popular creators that found themselves snubbed by the Twitter Verified account included Minecraft YouTuber Dream, and comedy YouTuber CallMeCarson, who each tweeted their own tongue-in-cheek messages calling out Twitter.

Amid the disarray, instead of verifying YouTuber Karl Jacobs’ account, they accidentally verified the wrong Karl Jacobs with just 200 followers, leading to an onslaught of replies from fellow creators finding the bizarre situation hilarious, including Mr Beast.

While this was one of the biggest verification sprees recently, there is no doubt that another one will be right around the corner.

Fans of the huge creators who were snubbed this time around may be in for a slightly longer wait, but with creators like Corpse Husband getting that coveted blue tick, people are getting their hopes up for the next line of verified creators.