Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg is pulling his $50,000 pledge to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) after his preliminary announcement drew backlash from elements of his fan base.
In a video uploaded today, Kjellberg stated that he didn’t know a lot concerning the ADL when he made the pledge. It was solely after importing the video and seeing suggestions about the group that he admitted he “didn’t know a lot of things that surfaced throughout this whole thing about the charity.” He made the authentic announcement throughout an unboxing of a particular YouTube Play button to rejoice surpassing 100 million subscribers.
“I made the error of choosing a charity that I used to be suggested to as an alternative of choosing a charity that I’m personally passionate about,” Kjellberg stated within the video. “Which is 100 percent my fault.”
Kjellberg beforehand addressed the criticism towards his donation in a recently deleted tweet, acknowledging that “making a donation to the ADL doesn’t make sense to everybody, particularly since they’ve outright spoken towards me.” A spokesperson for the ADL instructed The Verge on the time that they discovered concerning the “potential donation when everybody else did: when he made the announcement on his channel yesterday.”
The authentic announcement about his donation to the ADL comes after Kjellberg said he wished to transfer previous his former controversies.