Popular YouTuber and streamer Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah was declared deceased by the NYPD on June 25, after a five-day disappearance following the release of a disturbing suicide note – and now, fans are pointing the finger at Drama Alert’s KEEMSTAR as being responsible for the tragedy.
Critics are sounding off across social media against KEEMSTAR, pointing out his controversial interview with Etika prior to his death, in which Amofah claimed that he was the “Anti-Christ” and wanted to “purge all life” from Earth.
Others noted that KEEMSTAR went through with the interview despite fans urging him to “leave Etika alone,” with KEEMSTAR Tweeting, “suck a dick” in response to their concerns.
Bruh and u say that u felt sorry for him.ROACH pic.twitter.com/s0vh4HOqUp
— Nikola (@VampireD456) June 29, 2019
The Drama Alert host finally spoke out on the matter in an episode on July 1, where he gave a similar message to critics blaming him for Etika’s mental state.
“For those of you saying I’m trying to milk the situation like I milked it in the interview, please go fuck yourself,” Keem said of the matter, going on to claim that, “I really, really want to drag some of these people who used his death as a way to get back at me, but this one time, I’m going to ignore it.”
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Keem responded to the backlash in a series of videos on Twitter a day prior to his Drama Alert episode, where he claimed that Etika had been “fine” and had even wanted to guest star on the show – a proposition that led Keem to believe Etika’s mental breakdowns were merely a publicity stunt.
— KEEM :popcorn: (@KEEMSTAR) June 29, 2019
Etika’s mother later sent Keem a lengthy text message responding to the drama, asking angry fans to divert their vitriol and calling for a “better platform” for mental health awareness.
This statement was backed up by Etika’s ex-girlfriend and Twitch streamer Alice Pika, who had even organized a memorial for the YouTuber at the Manhattan bridge for his community.
Etika's Memorial in Coney Island https://t.co/Z22wvPJeIi
— Alice :butterfly:Rest In Paradise, Desmond:butterfly: (@TheAlicePika) June 29, 2019
In wake of Etika’s death, users across the net are noting the ill effects of social media, with many of Etika’s fans taking into account how his concerning outbursts weren’t taken more seriously.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or know anyone that is, and you would like to talk to someone, please reach out and call the Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255 (USA) or the Samaritans 116-123 (UK).