Youtube Star Pulls $50,000 pledge to Jewish Anti-Hate League

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Youtube Star Pulls $50,000 pledge to Jewish Anti-Hate League

Bella Trimmer, Staff Writer

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Felix “Pewdiepie” Kjellberg is one of the most popular Youtubers out there, but he’s also one of the most controversial. He announced that he would be donating $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit whose mission is to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” but after backlash from his fans, who spouted conspiracy theories about how he may have been coerced, he decided to pull the pledge. 

Kjellberg has faced backlash in the past for apparent anti-semitism.  Disney cut ties with the star in 2017 after he paid two men to hold a sign that read, “Death to all Jews.” In February, he apologized for using a racial slur in a video. According to CNN, “The gunman who killed 50 people in the Christchurch mosque shootings referenced the meme “Subscribe to PewDiePie” during a livestream of the killings, which the YouTuber later condemned.” 

While the pulling of the donation doesn’t even begin to faze his loyal fans, for some, it’s just further evidence of his intolerable alt-right views. There’s only one certainty in the face of this controversy: his popularity and subscriber count likely won’t suffer as a result.

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