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KSI explains why Logan Paul’s appeal to Boxing Commission will backfire

Published: 20/Nov/2019 12:26 Updated: 20/Nov/2019 12:31

by Andy Williams


British YouTube sensation, Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji, has slammed Logan Paul’s appeal to the California State Athletic Commission, stating that the American “can’t handle losing.”

On November 17, Paul revealed that he had filed an official appeal to the Commission, due to the two-point deduction given for an illegal blow to the back of the Brit’s head.

Following his split decision victory versus Logan Paul on November 9, KSI has been lapping up the post-fight antics from the American’s camp.

After creating a series of videos in the wake of the fight, Olatunji, also known as JJ, has released nine-minute long video titled: “Logan Paul Is A Sore Loser,” in which he details exactly why he believes the appeal will favor himself. 

KSIOlajidebt (Twitter).KSI filmed the video for ‘Down Like That’ mere days after locking horns with Logan.

Starting out by addressing Logan, KSI prefaced by saying: “You just couldn’t take the L, could you?” Before going on to add: “So, Logan, in this video I’m going to show you why your appeal is going to fall flat!”

JJ analyzed the first three rounds collectively, where he went on to detail how “round one to three was all me.” 

Ending with the third round, the Brit also described how his knockdown from the third round should have counted, in-light of the referee clocking this as Logan slipping. After showing Logan’s reaction immediately post-fight, JJ asked: “So, was it a slip or a knockdown, Logan? You tell me.”

KSI’s explanation starts at 2:54 for mobile users.

KSI then went on to shed light on Logan’s illegal knockdown. While replaying the stint that saw Logan stripped of two points from his round four score, he dubbed it “dirty and illegal.”

“On top of that, you did even more dirty and illegal moves! You hit me in the back of the head (twice) when I was down,” KSI said. “So can you please tell me why you are trying to appeal the ref’s decision to take away two points from you?”

On top of questioning Paul’s shots, he added: “If I’d have told the ref that I couldn’t continue after being hit in the back of the head (while I was down)… You could have easily just been disqualified!”

KSIOlajidebtHD V2 (YouTube).KSI took the fight by split decision.

JJ conceded round 5, chalking it up to the recovery needed after Logan’s foul play from the previous round. Moreover, he left round 6 “up for debate” since the scrap between the pair left them both at a loose end. 

KSI closed out by ridiculing Logan’s appeal. “You know what would be funny is if the Commission decided to take action and remove your knockdown and include my knockdown,” he said. “Because then I would win by unanimous decision and you would look (like) even more of an idiot.”

Before ending the video, he addressed Logan directly by saying: “You will forever be known as the person that lost to KSI… You are a loser, so accept it.”


FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo


Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.