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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.


Dr Disrespect trolls mobile gamers and players take the bait

Published: 26/Nov/2020 12:49

by David Purcell


Dr Disrespect has taken a cheeky swipe at mobile gamers on Twitter, asking how anybody can even consider it to be a “serious” way to play – but players are fighting their corner. 

The Two-Time has had a whirlwind 2020 by all accounts. He’s moved platforms from Twitch to YouTube, and while some might have expected his influence on the gaming world to perhaps decrease in that move – he’s still one of the best at stirring the pot.

Of course, a lot of franchises that made their name on PC and console, like Call of Duty, PUBG, FIFA and Fortnite, have brought their games to iOS and Android.

Though, Doc doesn’t seem to be a fan.

Dr Disrespect takes aim at mobile gamers

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Dr Disrespect has turned into a mainstream symbol of the streaming world, and sure knows how to get people talking.

On November 26, literally out of nowhere in vintage Doc style, he decided to joke about the idea of playing games on mobile.

He said: “I’ve got 3 state-of-the-art 1ms speed color calibrated monitors staring at me, a keyboard with titan switch optical keystrokes and a mouse that weighs literally nothing backed by a 200k multi pc setup….and you have the guts to tell me mobile gaming is a serious thing?”

As you might expect, he’s sparked a huge debate in the replies – with some arguing for and against his point of view.

One user, by the name of Yettobegin, said: “Well Dr.D not everyone can afford a good PC setup and that’s why mobile gaming is so popular in southern Asian countries.. Anyways I don’t hear any mobile gamers fighting for validation as a “Gamer”.. If u want to play in mobile and have fun who cares?!”

If you thought that was a strong response, wait until you see this.

Tribe Gaming’s Ferg challenged the self-professed best video gamer in the world to a 1v1 in CoD Mobile, with $100,000 on the line. As of writing, that has not been accepted, but it shows there’s certainly a lot of people out there wanting to prove him wrong.

This was not the only challenge, with Elijah Jackson offering a $10,000 wager of his own.

XSET Juicy, who plays PUBG Mobile competitively, also fired back – saying maybe gaming on mobile is too “difficult” for Doc to handle.

Nothing might come from this or Dr Disrespect actually might take up one of the offers, in a way to shoot down mobile gamers who stand in his way.

No matter what, though, he’s certainly achieved his objective of drumming up some debate. What happens next should be interesting.