After using a slur in his recent YouTube video for his channel ‘Sidemen,’ internet sensation KSI announces he will be taking a break from social media.
As seen on Channel 4 their recent video saw several internet personalities take on the ‘countdown challenge’ where they attempt to create a nine-letter word. In the now deleted clip, he used a racial slur targeted towards South Asians during the game.
During his boxing preview event on 29th February, he used the time to further apologise for causing ‘hurt and disappointment’.
The clip sparked outrage on social media, with many other celebrities expressing their shock and disgust including DJ Bobby Friction who tweeted ‘I had this racial slur thrown at me and got physical beats by racists for my entire childhood’.
KSI addressed the situation over his Twitter account. He tweeted ‘I wanna apologise for saying a racial slur in a recent Sidemen video. There’s no excuse, no matter the circumstances, I shouldn’t have said it and I’m sorry…’
However, fans may not be convinced as he faced backlash previously and had to apologise for his use of language in 2021 after using a trans slur.
With one fan commenting he was there “because he’s been advised by his PR team for damage limitation, to preserve his brand”.
Hafiz Asad Hussein, an Imam at the local mosque told the BBC the star was at the mosque for several hours ‘educating himself.’
Although Hafiz feels he has ‘taken a step to rectify himself and learn’ he was ‘very upset’ after seeing the clip go viral as ‘a lot of kids look up to him’
The 29 year was filmed during the visit and can be seen wearing a head covering as he speaks to members of the local mosque community. KSI further commented ‘I will continue to educate myself on the rich history and diverse cultures of South Asia and the struggles faced by its people…’ and “Privately I have taken the time to engage in very early conversations with some people from South Asian communities and will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months ahead.”
Fellow hosts of the channel also posted a statement of apology insisting they were ‘truly ashamed that we let ourselves and you guys down in this way.’ The video has since been deleted from the Sidemen YouTube channel.