Joji might be a recognizable name today, but it seems that some newer members of the 88rising artist’s fanbase are unaware of his previous stint as the raunchy YouTube star, Filthy Frank.
Now, this revelation has generated controversy, as a few have recently taken offense to a track from the 2017 album ‘Pink Season‘, which Joji recorded under one of his YouTube personas ‘Pink Guy’.
In a now-hidden tweet, a Twitter user called out Joji/Pink Guy’s use of the ‘n-word’ in a song, triggering disgusted reactions from those who were unaware of the connection.
This triggered an onslaught of criticism from the majority of the fanbase, who used the hashtag #jojiisoverparty to poke fun at the issue.
— Oattime (@Oattime2) May 12, 2020
— Loquatious_Duck (@loquajade) May 12, 2020
K-pop stans: Joji was Filthy Frank!? He said the N word omg cancel him #jojiisoverparty
Everyone else: pic.twitter.com/0Rk8PwZ8wi
— Kallix (@Kallix_) May 11, 2020
— RocknRollReaper (@YMustIExist) May 11, 2020
— wut? (@JazzSmitth) May 11, 2020
What the fuck just found out Joji is Filthy Frank. Shaking and crying right now how can this be real???!?!? This has to be some sort of sick joke #jojiisoverparty
— Dolan Dark (@DolanDark) May 11, 2020
Even prior to his shift to becoming a more serious musician, Joji, real name George Miller, has long-acknowledged that his content as Filthy Frank is meant to satire the ridiculousness of social media.
‘Filthy Frank is the embodiment of everything a person should not be. He is anti-PC, anti-social, and anti-couth’, reads the description on the defunct channel.
He behaves and reacts excessively to everything expressly to highlight the ridiculousness of racism, misogyny, legalism, injustice, ignorance, and other social blights.
He also sets an example to show how easy it is in the social media for any zany material to gain traction/followings by simply sharing unsavoury opinions and joking about topics many find offensive.
There is no denying that the show is terribly offensive, but this terrible offensiveness is a deliberate and unapologetic parody of the whole social media machine and a reflection of the human microcosm that social media is.
In other words, take a chill pill and leave the man alone.
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