According to his reddit AMA, he only made about $4mil in 2013, and he donated quite a huge chunk of it
I didn’t know the exact amount, just knew it was alot. Wild guess but it wasn’t exactly the point how much lol
The whole point behind philanthropy is that you do it out of the goodness of your heart, or to help a cause you believe in, etc. etc. (refering to his I’m sorry video which he made private I think and hurr he donates, doesn’t that make him a nice guy) When I’d first heard PDP donated 10k to the World Wildlife Federation, I had to concede: It seemed a very decent thing.
But when you’re doing damage control (masked as an apology), you can’t “cash in” your charity points. It cheapens the whole thing. Giving ten grand away doesn’t make you a nice person automatically, it makes you a person with a lot of money.
Doing it for the right reasons - which I’m not saying he didn’t - is fine. It just sucks to use it as leverage to prove, “Hey, I’m really an okay guy.”
Put another way, The Oatmeal made an offensive joke about women once. The author apologized and donated $1000 to NOW to prove the sincerity of his apology. Imagine it reversed: Imagine if the author had donated to NOW, later made the joke, and said “I’m sorry about the offensive joke, but I obviously don’t hate women: I gave money to charity!” It’s cheap. Charity can’t buy you things after the fact. If that’s how society worked, I could pay off a ton of groups and make every offensive joke I wanted. Except I wouldn’t because normal people don’t want that sort of thing.
In short, yes, it was very good of him to give money to charity. No, it was not a good thing to use the act of charity to try and get him some sort of gain. (sorry, not exactly what you commented on but felt like bringing up)