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|Born||March 8, 1982|
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
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Updated: September 8, 2019
Daniel Keem (born March 8, 1982), better known by his online alias Keemstar, is an American YouTuber and streamer. He is best known for producing video content for his YouTube channel, DramaAlert.
Keem's first appearance on YouTube was in a Halo 3 YouTube video from 2009, where he was recorded through the online multiplayer voice-chat. His first YouTube channel, 'xDJKEEMSTAR', was created in 2009, and dedicated to reporting on news within the YouTube community. In June 2014, he registered the channel 'DramaAlert'. Keem often offers his own opinions on subjects he reports on.
In 2008, during an argument with a moderator named Alex on the website BattleCam.com, Keem encouraged his viewers to type "Alex is a stupid nigger" in the stream's chat; he later apologized for using the racist slur.
In January 2016, Keem posted a tweet directed at TotalBiscuit, a YouTuber who had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer, saying that he couldn't wait to report on his death. Keem later apologized for the tweet.
In January 2019, YouTuber Jake Paul accused Keem of body-shaming Paul's then-girlfriend, Erika Costell, after Keem made a tweet comparing her body to Eugenia Cooney, a YouTuber with an eating disorder.
In June 2019, after YouTuber Etika committed suicide, several Twitter users blamed Keem for 'egging on' the YouTuber, with much of the criticism founded in an interview earlier that year where Keem said "If you really think about it, then why live? Just jump off a cliff. If it’s just a simulation, who cares?" in response to Etika talking about how he believed he lived in a simulation. Etika also mentioned Keem in his last video titled "I'm sorry", saying, "Keemstar, I wish you the best my nigga". Keem refuted these claims in a series of Tweets, claiming people were using him as a scapegoat and that nobody was talking about tweets in which he was concerned for him. He went on to say that he thought Etika's mental health issues were a publicity stunt, due to him seeming fine and wanting to guest star on DramaAlert. Etika's mother allegedly defended Keem by texting him afterwards, stating he wasn't to blame for Etika's suicide and that he loved Keem and his show.
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