On June 10, Kick Clips (@KickClips) released video footage of Somali’s unsettling antics. The clips show him swearing and acting disruptively, leading to physical confrontations with local Japanese citizens.
In one notable instance, Johnny Somali was choked from behind by an angered local. On another occasion, an unidentified person struck him, seemingly provoked by Somali’s inappropriate behavior.
Racist Remarks and Harassment: Somali’s Shocking On-Camera Behavior
Somali’s disruptive presence on the streets of Japan has earned him the ire of many locals. He was filmed accosting a woman and asking her inappropriate questions about prostitutes.
He also displayed racially insensitive behavior, referring to the Japanese language mockingly as “Chinese.”
Another shocking incident occurred during a conversation with a Japanese man on a train, where Somali made fun of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
He only ceased his actions after being confronted by an American-Korean passenger.
Legal Repercussions: Somali’s Encounter with the Authorities
As Somali’s antics escalated, he eventually caught the attention of local law enforcement. He was filmed interacting with the police after his disruptive behavior in a subway.
More recently, a video has emerged showing a man, believed to be Somali, being confronted by Japanese authorities who hinted at the possibility of deportation.
However, due to the pixelated footage, confirmation of the individual’s identity has been challenging.
As of now, Somali continues to have access to his Kick account and continues his IRL streams in Tokyo, suggesting that he has yet to face significant legal consequences for his actions.
Persistent Issues on Kick: A Call for Better Moderation
This isn’t the first time a Kick streamer has caused controversy due to abusive and racially insensitive behavior.
The persistent occurrence of such incidents raises questions about the platform’s moderation policies. It remains to be seen whether co-owner Tyler “Trainwreckstv” will address and implement changes to handle these issues effectively.
The controversies surrounding Somali’s actions highlight the urgent need for more robust and proactive measures to ensure the safety and respect of all individuals on the platform.