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PewDiePie responds to ‘controversy’ over $50k ADL donation

Published: 11/Sep/2019 17:46 Updated: 17/Jun/2020 16:18

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube king Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg revealed his 100 million subscriber Red Diamond Play Button in an emotional video on September 10 – but that wasn’t his only reveal, likewise announcing a major donation to the Anti-Defamation League.

In his video, Kjellberg stated that he would be making a $50,000 donation to the ADL to celebrate his milestone, an organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and protecting communities from “extremist threats of every kind.”

However, not everyone was pleased with this turn of events, with some commenters claiming that the Swede was being blackmailed by the ADL, while others found the organization to be “shady” – and even accused it of “controlling” PewDiePie’s channel.

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“WTF PewDiePie, huge ups for the 100 million but why on earth did you donate $50,000 to the ADL?” YouTuber “The Quartering” commented. “They are a joke agency… remember they classify Pepe as a hate symbol?”

“The ADL are deleting peoples’ comments,” another user wrote, uploading a video that appeared to show comments disappearing underneath Kjellberg’s 100 million milestone video.

The chaos didn’t go unnoticed: PewDiePie published a statement about the controversy on September 11, clarifying that the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand had used his negative image with the mainstream media as a destructive tool, explaining that his donation to the ADL was a step in rectifying this damage.

“…after the Christchurch travesty a few months ago, my own clash with MSM was manipulated as a tool for destruction,” Kjellberg wrote. “Making a donation to the ADL doesn’t make sense to everyone, especially since they’ve outright spoken against me. I wanted to show publicly that I can move past it and move on.”

The YouTuber’s statement was met with mixed reviews on both sides, with some fans applauding PewDiePie for his donation while others accused the ADL of manipulating him for their own gain.

“Felix, The ADL straight up doesn’t care about you,” one user wrote. “You can donate them every penny in the world and it wouldn’t be enough to them. They are using a tragedy to manipulate your emotions, you’re playing straight into their game.”

PewDiePie’s latest statement follows yet another major milestone for the YouTuber, who surpassed 101 million subscribers just two weeks after reaching his 100 million goal – as well as his quiet wedding to fiance Marzia Bisognin in mid-August.


Minecraft streamers TommyInnit, Tubbo & more dominate Twitch after Dream SMP finale

Published: 24/Jan/2021 12:29

by Georgina Smith


Streamers who are part of Dream’s SMP Minecraft server such as TommyInnit, Tubbo, Quackity, and more, are topping the list of the fastest growing streamers on Twitch following an SMP finale stream.

The Minecraft community has experienced a giant surge in popularity throughout the past year, with the 2011 game providing a central focus for a huge number of streamers who have seen a boost in their follower count recently.

Largely this resurgence in popularity is due to the huge multi-streamer server named the ‘Dream SMP.’ Dream is a popular Minecraft speedrunner and YouTuber, and while the SMP (survival multiplayer server) started off as a simple fun server, it quickly progressed into remarkably detailed roleplay and lore, which has captivated fans across the world.

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The Dream SMP is full of many hugely popular streamers and YouTubers.

The story of the Dream SMP features wars, betrayal, revolutions, and more, and these plotlines are acted out and developed by a huge host of streamers who have all appeared in the server or in content relating to the server.

Dream SMP dominate fastest-growing channels

Following a ‘finale’ stream that saw an end to part of the developing story, many of these Dream SMP streamers are shooting to the top of the ranks on Twitch, dominating the fastest-growing streamers list.

According to SullyGnome, 16-year-old Tommy is the fastest-growing account on the platform, with his average viewers at a whopping 300,000. This follows his finale stream in which he peaked at around 650,000 viewers.

(Note: The top channel here, elpront0, is the victim of a follow bot, and so those numbers are discounted)

Table showing the fastest growing streamers for the week up to January 24
SullyGnome’s data shows the fastest growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24.

Close behind Tommy, and all within the top ten fastest-growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24, are fellow SMP streamers awesamdude, Tubbo, RanbooLive, Quackity, Foolish Gamers, Sapnap, and Philza.

To see this list dominated by one group of people is certainly a testament to the growing popularity of the Dream SMP group. With so many creators on board, the amount of content is practically endless, and clearly a huge amount of work has gone into developing the lore.

Now this finale has passed, fans will be keen to know what’s going to happen next in the world of the Dream SMP, and there’s no doubt that this interest will provide an even bigger boost in numbers for these streamers.