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PewDiePie Takes Back $50,000 Pledge to Jewish Charity After Receiving Backlash From Fans

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Popular YouTuber PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg) is known for his controversial public image, and now the content creator is making headlines after he decided to withdraw a donation of $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The influencer was donating to the non-profit anti-hate group, which fights against antisemitism, after he was accused of making racist remarks.   

After announcing the monetary pledge to the Jewish charity, PewDiePie received backlash from fans. Addressing the controversy in a now-deleted tweet, the influencer wrote: “Making a donation to 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. I think that it’s important, this just isn’t my fight anymore.” 

So, why did PewDiePie decide to pull the donation from the ADL?