We’re not starting a cult but some followers on Instagram would be nice. Thank you.
People are applauding a Korean-American man for stepping in after a clip of a livestreamer harassing commuters on a subway in Japan went viral on Twitter.
The livestreamer, who has been identified as YouTuber Johnny Somali, filmed himself approaching random locals on a train and saying: “Hiroshima, Nagasaki” repeatedly.
For context, during World War II, the U.S. detonated two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing an estimated 129,000 to 226,000 people.
The events led to the surrender of the Japanese on Aug. 15, 1945, six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, and remains the only use of nuclear weapons in an armed conflict.
Live-streamer harasses people on a Japanese train before he gets confronted by someone who just isn’t having it. pic.twitter.com/dP1u6zHJtm
— Catch Up (@CatchUpFeed) May 18, 2023
Confronted by a Korean-American
At one point, Johnny announced to the train:
“Hiroshima, Nagasaki, we destroy it. Because you n*ggas don’t know how to behave.”
He continued to harass a Japanese man seated next to him repeatedly, demanding to know if he “[knew] about history”.
This was evidently the last straw for the Korean-American man, who approached the livestreamer saying: “Why don’t you leave him alone?”
After learning from Johnny that he’s American, the man responded: “So am I, and you’re being obnoxious.”
Undeterred, he continued, this time addressing the newcomer: “We’ll do it again, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, you understand?”
“You think I’m Japanese?” he questioned, before clarifying that he’s an American from Texas and is ethnically Korean.
In a confusing turn of events, Johnny responded: “Then sit down, boy. Korean War, you know what happened to you?”
Choosing not to respond to his taunting, the man attempted to defuse the situation by asking Johnny how many subscribers he had, and exhorting him to calm down and “leave him (the Japanese man) alone”.
Praise for Korean-American man
People on Twitter and Reddit were full of praise for how the Korean-American man handled the situation, and his bravery in standing up for others.
asking how many subs he had to diffuse and reason with him he was trying everything lmfao great dude
— Hoopers (@YourBoyHoopers) May 19, 2023
On the other hand, people also called out Johnny Somali for his “ignorance” and racist behaviour.
This is the American/Western mindset. The American imperialist mindset that sees Asians as a lesser people to utilize as a joke, a resource to exploit, an inconvenience that must be eliminated. This isn’t just ignorance, this man believes because he’s from the West, he’s better. https://t.co/85lXjhfL0I
— VacksceneGaming (@VacksceneGaming) May 19, 2023
Americans not claiming Johnny Somali
Though he claimed to be American in the video, he refers to himself as a “Somalian pirate” on his YouTube page.
People on the internet have also pointed out that the livestreamer does not sound American, and is likely to be from Somali, though it is unclear if he later became a citizen.
Images via CatchUpFeed/Twitter.
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