The TikTok star Khaby Lame posted anti-racism messages on his TikTok and Instagram accounts, then said some people had unfollowed him as a result, according to purported screenshots shared by the news outlet Dexerto.
Lame, a 21-year-old Senegalese-Italian TikToker, is the platform’s second-largest creator, with 115 million followers, and he is quickly closing in on current No. 1 Charli D’Amelio, who has 125.6 million. He exploded in popularity for poking fun at viral trends on the app with a deadpan expression, deriding how overly complicated and bizarre internet “hacks” and pranks can be without saying a word.
For example, in one video that has over 240 million views, Lame imitates a clip of a woman getting her pigtails stuck in a car window when it goes up. It’s unclear where the video originated, as it has no TikTok account associated with it, but other creators have done similar skits on the platform. In the original video, the girls’ friends cut her hair off while she begs from behind the glass. In Lame’s version, he simply presses the button that operates the electric window.
In September, Lame posted a TikTok with the hashtag #notoracism. On Wednesday, purported screenshots published by Dexerto appear to show Lame’s Instagram story featuring a still that read, “Say no to racism.” The story is no longer visible.
Afterward, screenshots suggest, Lame received comments from people saying they were unfollowing him as a result. Lame has 48 million followers on Instagram.
“I don’t mind guys,” he said in a subsequent post, according to Dexerto. “We are almost in 2022 and people still use racism because they have nothing to do in their life. Be happy, follow your dream and try to save the planet.”
He added that “you can also unfollow me” because he doesn’t “care about the numbers.”
“I care about your hearts!” he said. “If you do think of something new, do it right and in a positive way!”