KSI vows to 'improve' but that his 'content won't change' in first video since racism incident

KSI vows to 'improve' but that his 'content won't change' in first video since racism incident
KSI forced off social media for using racial slur in Sidemen video

YouTuber KSI has vowed to “improve as a human” after he returned to the platform for the first time since the racial slur controversy.

It comes after an incident that saw KSI – whose real name is Olajide “JJ” Olatunji – use a racist slur against South Asian people in a since-deleted YouTube video of him and his Sidemen crew playing a game of Countdown.

KSI issued several apologies and took a break from YouTube to reflect on his actions. In his time away, he visited a mosque and now he has returned to his personal YouTube channel to discuss the incident in more detail.

In an almost 14-minute video, KSI began by explaining why he felt he needed to “step back” and “reflect”.

He explained: “Yeah, I’ve been messing up a lot. I’ve taken a lot of Ls. So, yeah I took this break to really just educate myself and to really just improve myself as a human being. Because, yeah, I’ve made mistakes. So many mistakes.

“If you’ve been a fan of me for the longest time you know I’ve made countless mistakes. But the important thing is, every time I’ve made a mistake, I’ve learnt from it and improved myself. And as a human being that’s all I can do.”

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He continued: “So yeah, the content isn’t changing … but I just know, for me personally, behind the scenes, I’m just going to do more. Just even the past week, what I saw and what I did, it was just really cool.

“It was just really cool to see how many people are really influenced by me and really look up to me. The idea of me being a role model really hit home that week.”

In the comments section, his fans praised him for facing his mistakes head-on.

One fan wrote: “Tbh, he could just ignore the drama and totally escape it... but he chose to face it and learned from it and stepped forward, apologising. Much respect, my guy...RESPECT!”

Another commented: “One mistake doesn't define a person, you changing this L into a W is a huge thing for you as a person to do. Good on you bro!!”

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