Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji is one of YouTube’s biggest creators, having also made the jump to professional boxing and even topping the charts in the UK’s music industry — but despite his status as a social media star, he’s confident he’ll never get “canceled” online.
With the rise of social media has likewise come the popularly-dubbed “cancel culture,” where celebrities and internet entertainers will be publicly shamed over their older posts due to allegedly problematic material.
While some of these callouts may be justifiable, a large swath of the internet has taken issue with the practice, claiming that users merely want to rage at the expense of others — but KSI isn’t so sure he’ll ever face such backlash.
The YouTuber explained his stance on the matter in a Tweet on February 21, for which he had an odd justification; his name.
According to the celeb, his name isn’t recognizable by Twitter as a “trendable” word since it’s in another language, making it difficult for the site’s algorithm to make him a trending topic that will reach users worldwide.
“The amazing thing about my name ‘KSI’ is that it can’t trend lol,” he wrote. “Since it’s a word in another language, Twitter doesn’t recognise it as a trendable word. So I can never get cancelled.”
The amazing thing about my name “KSI” is that it can’t trend lol. Since it’s a word in another language, Twitter doesn’t recognise it as a trendable word. So I can never get cancelled ???
— KSI (@KSIOlajidebt) February 21, 2020
Although this caused a slew of fans preemptively asking him to delete the post, KSI has been positively received in comparison to his infamous YouTube rivals, Jake and Logan Paul.
In fact, Jake Paul recently went viral across Twitter due to his divisive post about anxiety, which many critics claimed was making the condition seem like the fault of those who suffer from it, due to his line, “Anxiety is created by you.”
It seems highly likely that KSI’s own Tweet was made in response to the ongoing drama around Jake’s anxiety post, which he responded to in an episode of Logan Paul’s ‘imPaulsive’ podcast, claiming, “I don’t know what the f**k I’m doing. I understand that and I get that, but you can’t be f**king perfect.”
With a potential boxing match coming up between KSI and Jake Paul, only time will tell if his controversial Tweet will become a potential talking point in their inevitable press conference.