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Adam Saleh
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Adam Saleh at stage in Oslo in 2016
BornAdam Mohsin Yehya Saleh آدم محسن يحيى صالح
(1993-06-04) 4 June 1993 (age 25)[citation needed]
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation
Years active2011–present
Known forYouTube Vlogs
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Years active2012–present
Associated actsSheikh Akbar, Zack Knight, Mumzy Stranger, Faydee, Rashed Belhasa ‘Money Kicks’, Yousef Erakat, Slimmofication
Websitewww.adamsalehworldwide.com

Adam Mohsin Yehya Saleh (ادم محسن يحيى صالح /ˈsælə/ SAL) (born June 4, 1993) is an American YouTube personality from New York City, best known for his YouTube videos. He has been described by both himself and multiple other sources as a prankster.[1][2][3][3]

Life and career

Adam Saleh was born in New York City to Yemeni parents.[4] He started making YouTube videos in 2012[4] as a part of his YouTube channel "TrueStoryASA" with his college friends Abdullah Ghuman & Sheikh Akbar. His main career aspiration was to become a professional boxer.[5]

Saleh became part of another collaborative channel "3MH" with Sheikh Akbar, Karim Metwaly and Slim Albaher; TrueStoryASA and 3MH split up in May 2015.[6][citation not found] Since then he has created many videos as a solo YouTuber. He has also appeared in the American buddy cop comedy-drama action film American Sharia.[citation needed] Saleh first released the single "Diamond Girl" on May 3, 2015 featuring Sheikh Akbar and Mumzy Stranger as a part of TrueStoryASA.[7] On 16 August 2015 he released his debut solo single "Tears" featuring Zack Knight as a tribute to his cousin.[8] On September of 2017, Adam Saleh has released his debut album called chapter II featuring many songs such as Waynak, The Motto, Tsunami, etc. On Feb 18 2018 he accepted the challenge to be KSI's next boxing opponent.[9]

Controversies

A staged video titled "Racial Profiling Experiment'" uploaded on Saleh's YouTube channel in October 2014 became viral around the world. In the video Saleh and Sheikh Akbar argued with each other in front of a police officer wearing western outfits but the cop ignored them. Shortly thereafter, they fight again while dressed in Muslim clothes but this time the cop stops them and behaves rudely with them. The video received more than 200,000 views on YouTube and it was also picked up by media. Public reaction to the video was against the police officer. Later Saleh said that the video was staged to recreate "previous events that occurred", and it was being shown as an example.[10] The New York chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), which had previously tweeted out the video as an example of discrimination against Muslims, demanded an apology from Saleh and Akbar stating "Muslims are already under the microscope and to do this just to gain some cheap publicity is totally unacceptable. There should be no attempt to justify it; they should just apologize and ask people to forgive them for their irresponsible actions."[10]

In another YouTube video, Saleh claimed to have flown inside a suitcase in the baggage hold on a Tigerair flight from Melbourne to Sydney.[11][12][13] However, Melbourne Airport security footage proved the incident was a hoax after they produced video showing Saleh boarding the plane with the airline noting that a bag of his weight would not be loaded on the plane without investigation nor would a passenger in the plane's unheated cargo hold emerge sweating.[11][12]

In December 2016, Saleh posted videos in which he claimed he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight at Heathrow Airport for speaking Arabic.[14] However, other passengers have spoken out, claiming that Saleh was disturbing other passengers,[15][16][17] and Delta's own statement said that Saleh was shouting and provoking others.[3] Saleh's claim has caused a debate over the "Right to Fly".[18]

In 2018, Saleh as well as many other YouTubers were involved in a BBC Trending investigation for promoting the website EduBirdie, which lets users buy essays (promoting cheating).[19]

References

  1. ^ "Prankster 'kicked off flight for speaking Arabic' - Delta Air Lines defends actions". Telegraph. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  2. ^ "YouTube prankster Adam Saleh says Delta booted him for speaking Arabic". USA Today. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Adam Saleh: YouTube star 'wasn't speaking Arabic on phone when kicked off Delta flight', passenger claims". The Independent. Retrieved 23 December 2016. Delta said in a statement: "...This type of conduct is not welcome on any Delta flight. While one, according to media reports, is a known prankster who was video recorded and encouraged by his travelling companion, what is paramount to Delta is the safety and comfort of our passengers and employees".
  4. ^ a b "Exclusive: Adam Saleh on his new hip-hop single and his UAE shows in December". Thenational.ae. Saeed Saeed. August 16, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "Who is Adam Saleh and could he be the next YouTuber to fight KSI?". Metro. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  6. ^ "TrueStoryASA split". BBC. May 15, 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  7. ^ "True Story ASA's Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar release first single". Thenational.ae. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Saeed Saaed (13 August 2015). "Exclusive: Adam Saleh on his new hip-hop single and his UAE shows in December". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Who is Adam Saleh and could he be the next YouTuber to fight KSI?". Metro. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  10. ^ a b Kuruvilla, Carol (20 October 2014). "Muslim Vloggers Come Clean About Staged Stop-And-Frisk Video (UPDATE)". HuffPost. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Caroline McGuire (15 December 2016). "Video claims to show prankster illegally smuggling himself onto a plane in a suitcase". The Sun.
  12. ^ a b Belinda Grant (15 December 2016). "Melbourne to Sydney by SUITCASE: American man films himself hiding in the cargo hold of Tiger Air plane ... but is everything as it seems?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  13. ^ Schwartz, Kirrily. "Tigerair slams YouTuber Adam Saleh over prank". news.au.com.
  14. ^ McCarthy, Ciara (21 December 2016). "YouTube star kicked off Delta Air Lines flight 'for speaking Arabic'". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  15. ^ Schladebeck, Jessica (22 December 2016). "Delta passengers dispute Adam Saleh's discrimination claims". New York Daily News. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  16. ^ Wang, Amy B. (21 December 2016). "YouTube star known for pranks claims he was kicked off Delta flight for speaking Arabic". www.washingtonpost.com.
  17. ^ Beatrice Verhoeven (December 22, 2016). "6 Delta Passengers Dispute YouTube Star Adam Saleh's Story About Getting Kicked Off Flight". yahoo.com.
  18. ^ Negroni, Christine. "In Any Language, Adam Saleh Doesn't Have A Right To Fly". Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  19. ^ Branwen Jeffreys; Main, Edward (2018-05-01). "YouTube stars paid to sell cheating". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-05-02.

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