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Keem in 2020


Buffalo, Thành Phố New York, U.S.

  • YouTuber, streamer

YouTube information

Also known as
  • Killer Keemstar
  • DJ Keemstar[1]
  • DramaAlert
Years active2009–present
  • Entertainment
  • tabloid
Subscribers5.52 million[2]
Total views1.26 billion[2]
Associated actsFaZe Banks
Colossal Is Crazy
Tommy C
Andy Milonakis

Creator Awards

100,000 subscribers2014
1,000,000 subscribers2016

Last updated: February 7, 2023

Daniel M. Keem (born 1982), known online as Keemstar, is an American YouTuber, podcaster, and streamer.[3] He is best known for being the host of the Internet popular culture news show DramaAlert.

Early life

Keem was born in 1982, in Buffalo, Thành Phố New York. He has one brother and one sister.[1] He is of predominantly Italian and Greek descent.[4]



Keem's first appearance on YouTube was in a Halo 3 YouTube đoạn phim from January 2009, where he was recorded trash talking through the online multiplayer voice chat. In September 2012, Keem began using the hashtag #DramaAlert on Twitter.[a][5] In June năm trước, after numerous terminations, he registered his current channel DramaAlert.[6] Keem often offers his own opinions on subjects he reports on.[7][8][9]

In 2010, Keem circulated a death hoax about Lindsay Lohan which trended worldwide on Twitter.[10]

In July 2010, Keem became the most subscribed person on blogTV.[11]

In November 2010, Keem was swatted, later likening the experience lớn a hostage situation.[12]

In February 2011, Keem promoted FortressCraft, a game coming lớn Xbox Live. Keem contacted the Indie developer and made a giảm giá khuyến mãi with them, taking part-ownership of the game. It went on lớn sell 2 million copies.[13]

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In July 2011, Keem held a tournament alongside Alki David called the 'Billionaire's Challenge' in which contestants competed for prizes.[14] During production of a second Billionaire’s Challenge, David stated an assisted suicide would be shown, which caused controversy and led lớn some YouTubers cancelling their participation. David later clarified it was a joke, while the second show went ahead.[15]

In June 2012, Keem and Call of Duty YouTuber ONLYUSEmeBLADE created the Bad Kid Show podcast.[11]

In July 2012, Keem started the chiến dịch #Dildos4Africa. His intention was lớn buy $75,000 worth of dildos lớn send them lớn Africa in an attempt lớn reduce overpopulation.[16]

Planned retirement

On October 25, 2021, Keem announced on Twitter his plan lớn retire from YouTube on March 8, 2022, the day of his 40th birthday and after 14 years of nội dung creation. In his announcement đoạn phim released one day later titled "Retired," he expressed his dissatisfaction with making videos on the platform, citing the effects of cancel culture along with changes lớn YouTube's algorithm and the website's community as factors for his decision.[17][18][19] On November 12, 2021, Keem hired a new host, Willy Mac, and also rehired a former host, TyBlue.[20]

On February 12, 2022, Keem announced that he had changed his mind and would not retire from DramaAlert, citing a lack of confidence in any permanent replacement and a new 3 year sponsorship giảm giá khuyến mãi struck with sports betting company MyBookie.[21]

Conflicts and controversies

In 2010, during an argument with a moderator named Alex on the trang web, Keem encouraged his viewers lớn type "Alex is a stupid nigger" in the stream's chat; he later apologized for saying the word.[6] Keem also referred lớn Alex as a, "all fucking righteous fucking nigger" and continued disparaging Alex by using the slur and claiming, "Alex, is doing this shit, you fucking nigger" in reference lớn Alex supposedly "starting" Keem's đoạn phim when viewers would have thought that Keem was starting his own đoạn phim.

In January năm nhâm thìn, Keem posted a tweet directed at TotalBiscuit, a YouTuber who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, saying that he could not wait lớn report on his death. Keem later apologized for the tweet.[6] TotalBiscuit died in May 2018.[22]

In May năm nhâm thìn, YouTuber iDubbbz released a đoạn phim exposé on YouTube about Keem. In the đoạn phim, he accused Keem of threatening big YouTubers with negative coverage and promoting small channels or accusing them of hiding something. iDubbbz called Keem a "very rash decision maker" and showed clips of Keem saying what iDubbbz deemed lớn be regrettable. In response, Keem called the đoạn phim "entertaining" and denied wanting lớn attack other YouTubers, saying he has "no problem booking guests or landing exclusive interviews". He also apologized for the comments and incidents he caused, but sarcastically justified saying "nigger" by using a genealogical DNA test lớn prove he was nine percent Black.[6]

In năm nhâm thìn, Keem falsely accused Runescape Twitch streamer Tony Winchester—known as RSGloryandGold—of being a pedophile, having confused him with John Phillips, a convicted sex offender who used Runescape lớn attract children for sex. Keemstar was later proven lớn be incorrect. Tony proved his identity, leading Keem lớn apologize, fire one of his editors, offer Tony $1000 (which was refused), and delete his videos related lớn the matter. Winchester later forgave Keemstar.[23]

In January 2019, YouTuber Jake Paul accused Keem of body toàn thân shaming Paul's then-girlfriend, Erika Costell, after Keem made a tweet comparing her body toàn thân lớn Eugenia Cooney, a YouTuber with an eating disorder.[24]

In April 2021, in response lớn Jake Paul facing sexual assault allegations from TikTok user Justine Paradise, Keem posted on Twitter that there is no way lớn sexually assault someone orally, stating the victim had lớn choose lớn "open her mouth" as well as quoting "Is there really no way lớn get away? I just really don't believe this story at all."[25][26]

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Etika controversy

In April 2019, Keem uploaded a DramaAlert interview featuring YouTuber Etika, who had exhibited unstable behavior in the weeks leading up lớn the interview.[27][28] During the interview, Etika made several statements predominantly centered around death and his perspectives on the world. At one point, he referred lớn himself as the "antichrist" and expressed a desire lớn "purge all life".[27][28] Keem questioned Etika on whether his actions leading up lớn the interview were publicity stunts or if he had genuinely experienced a mental breakdown.[27] Etika denied using his actions for publicity and later claimed that life was a "video game" and that "death means nothing";[27] Keem then inquired that if life were a simulation, "then why live?... Just jump off a cliff? If it's just a simulation, who cares?"[29][28]

Two months following the interview, Etika uploaded a đoạn phim in the khuông of a suicide note titled "I'm sorry". Keem was among the people Etika spoke about, saying "Keemstar, I wish you the best, my nigga".[30] Etika's body toàn thân was found in the East River four days after the đoạn phim was uploaded, with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner determining that he had drowned after jumping from the Manhattan Bridge. Keem faced criticism following Etika's suicide, as he was held responsible for his death due lớn the DramaAlert interview and statements made on Twitter before and after the interview. Keem argued that he was not lớn blame for Etika's death because he seemed fine privately and doctors believed he was stable.[31] Keem later posted a screenshot of several texts allegedly sent by Etika's mother, which stated that he was not lớn blame for her son's suicide and that he loved Keem and his show.[31]

In May 2020, YouTuber Ethan Klein released a đoạn phim exposé about Keem, with one of his claims being that he exploited Etika, who later died by suicide. This resulted in G Fuel ending their sponsorship with Keem.[32]




Year Title Role
2012–2014 BadKidCast Himself (host)
2015–2016 #Triggered Himself (co-host)
2016–2019 Baited! Himself (co-host)
2020–2022 Mom's Basement Himself (host)


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  4. ^ "I got receipts bitch ass". Twitter. Retrieved November 25, 2021.
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  12. ^ "Deaf person's đường dây nóng turns out lớn be hoax". WIVB-TV. Archived from the original on November 23, 2010. Retrieved August 8, 2022.
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  14. ^ "Billionaire Alki David bruisin' for a fight". The Daily Dot. July 14, 2011.
  15. ^ "Alki Did It Again! – First Assisted Suicide Broadcast Live Over the Internet was a Promotion". Greek Reporter. July 30, 2011.
  16. ^ "Popular Internet Personalities Vie for the Title "King of the Web"". PR Newswire (Press release).
  17. ^ "Retiring …." Twitter. Retrieved October 25, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  20. ^ FIRED FROM DRAMAALERT (the truth), retrieved December 25, 2021
  21. ^ Retirement: I can't vì thế this anymore!, retrieved February 19, 2022
  22. ^ "YouTube star John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain dies aged 33". BBC News. May 25, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  23. ^ "Keemstar and "Sir" Tony Ray: Internet Mob Mentality". January 13, năm nhâm thìn.
  24. ^ "Jake Paul calls YouTuber Keemstar a 'piece of trash' for 'body-shaming' Erika Costell". The Daily Dot. January 16, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  25. ^ "Keemstar, The Bogeyman of YouTube". The Berkley Beacon. October 21, 2021.
  26. ^ "TikTok star Justine Paradise responds on Instagram lớn Jake Paul sexual assault denial". Monster & Critics. April 15, 2021.
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  33. ^ "Stream DOLLAR in the WOODS by Dan Keem". SoundCloud. November 3, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  34. ^ "Dollar in the Woods! - Single by Keemstar". Apple Music. October 5, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  35. ^ "Keem Pop – Single by Keemstar". Apple Music. January 25, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2020.


  1. ^ On his Suspended Twitter
  2. ^ Remix. Original tuy vậy from 2012.[33]

External links

  • Keemstar's channel on YouTube