A number of people have tweeted out that Joji is cancelled after diving deeper into his career. 

Despite popularity, sometimes you can’t help but want to try something different and branch out within your career. 

For example, we’ve seen popular screen stars like Jonah Hill (Mid-90s) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) take to the director’s chair, and we’ve witnessed a number of actors dabble in making music etc.

On the other hand, we’ve seen a wealth of musicians embark on musical journeys, changing their sounds significantly. Recent examples include Tyler, the Creator and Dua Lipa.

Over the years, we’ve witnessed George Miller – popularly known as Joji – entice listeners with such singles as ‘Slow Dancing in the Dark’, ‘Gimme Love’ and ‘Yeah Right’. However, he used to go by another name…

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“Joji is cancelled”: Twitter controversy explained

At the moment, a number of surprised fans are posting about their shock on Twitter after discovering that Joji used to go by the alias of Filthy Frank. This was a character that he made which featured on The Filthy Frank Show and beyond. 

The YouTube channel was incredibly popular in the mid-2010s (it has over seven million subscribers) and fans of the character creation are having a hard time perceiving that more recent followers are only just making the link. 

The controversy began when somebody tweeted: “Joji literally having a song where he says [racist term]…like you can’t be serious.” They are referring to a song from Pink Guy, which is a musical project in the  Filthy Frank universe. 

This led to the “jojiisoverparty” hashtag and some tweeting “Joji is cancelled.”

George Miller on Filthy Frank

The 27-year-old artist has long addressed that the character is satirical and not intended to be taken seriously. 

The YouTube channel’s bio reads:

“Filthy Frank is the embodiment of everything a person should not be. He is anti-PC, anti-social, and anti-couth.  He behaves and reacts excessively to everything expressly to highlight the ridiculousness of racism, misogyny, legalism, injustice, ignorance and other social blights. He also sets an example to show how easy it is in the social media for any zany material to gain traction/followings by simply sharing unsavoury opinions and joking about topics many find offensive.”

He explains: “There is no denying that the show is terribly offensive, but this terrible offensiveness is a deliberate and unapologetic parody of the whole social media machine and a reflection of the human microcosm that social media is…”

There you have it!

Filthy Frank fans have a laugh!

As you’d expect, a number of fans have joked about the derogatory assertions aimed at the popular artist. 

One weighed in saying: “Joji is getting cancelled by his whiny fans who are just now discovering Filthy Frank. This is gold comedy.”

Similarly, another commented: “Filthy Frank was a character whose entire point was to be problematic lmao. Joji is not cancelled,” while one also added: “Joji is getting cancelled cause people JUST FOUND OUT HE’S FILTHY FRANK… BRO WHAT?!”

Perhaps it will all blow over in mere days. 

In other news,  where was I Know This Much is True filmed?