YouTuber KSI apologises for past use of transphobic slurs

Rapper said that he hadn’t known the slur was a ‘bad word’

Isobel Lewis
Tuesday 09 March 2021 12:18
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KSI has apologised for his past use of transphobic slurs.

On Tuesday (9 March), the YouTuber and rapper, real name Olajide Olatunji, responded to criticism on Twitter, initially tweeting: “Hold up, people actually think I’m transphobic?”

A fan then replied, pointing out a video in which he misgendered a trans woman and citing his past use of the word t****y, something they claimed he had “never apologised” for.

In response, KSI wrote: “Didn’t even mean to misgender lol. Just said that the person had a better beard than me, that’s all. And I honestly didn’t even know that t****y was a bad word. What’s the correct term to use?”

After he was corrected and told to use the term “transgender”, KSI thanked the Twitter user.

He then apologised, tweeting: “My bad for saying transgender slurs. Honestly didn’t even know they were slurs. I know now though.”

The internet personality originally made the comments on the Sidemen channel, which he shares with a number of other YouTubers.

Alongside vlogging and music, KSI is well known for his boxing career and fights against fellow YouTuber Logan Paul.