PewDiePie Explains Controversial ADL Donation U-Turn, Slams ‘Nazi Cross’ Alarm – CCN.com

PewDiePie’s long-awaited response to the fallout from his decision to pull a $50,000 donation from the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) is here. In a typically honest display, the YouTube king demonstrates why he is so popular with a personal and touching outlook on fame that shows everything his followers love about him.

PewDiePie Keeps It Real Addressing ADL Donation Fallout

There are several aspects of this video to unpack, but the first is that Pewds (real name is Felix Kjellberg) admits that he does not have a PR team. While this might not seem particularly surprising, for a person of such considerable wealth and fame to not employ a public relations department is incredibly rare. When you consider that Kjellberg is one of the largest fish in the home of faux-outrage (the internet), it is even more surprising. Add to this that after all his previous scandals, he still did not employ any PR professionals and his commitment to keeping it real is mind-blowing. It is this ability to resonate with people that is where his often debated 100 million subscriber magic comes.

In a world of heavily medicated celebrity personas, the world’s largest YouTuber is a breath of fresh air to his affectionately and inaccurately named “9-year old army.” If PewDiePie were to lose his connection with his fans, he would simply be one of many (gaming?) channels on YouTube.

Defiant Kjellberg Acknowledges Bolnisi Cross Mistake

Accusations of fascism have dogged the entertainer since an infamous Wall Street Journal piece about Nazi propaganda appearing in his videos. The negative press was compounded by an extremely ill-advised prank on Fiverr. As the recent ADL fallout surfaced so did criticism of PewDiePie’s sweater featuring the Georgian Bolnisi Cross, which some mistook for the Nazi appropriated Iron Cross.

PewDiePie faced a barrage of criticism from people who misunderstood the image that appeared on one of his sweaters. Source-YouTube, PewDiePie

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