This Day In Meme History: Filthy Frank

About

Filthy Frank is the online handle of video blogger and Internet comedian George “Joji” Miller, who is best known for his absurdist and sarcastic style of humor and impersonation of various cultural stereotypes.

Online History

The DizastaMusic YouTube channel was created on June 15th, 2008. The first video was uploaded to the channel several days later on June 19th, 2008, featuring a masked man wearing a rasta costume dancing to the song “Get Low” by rapper Lil Jon (shown below).

On March 31st, 2010, the @FilthyFrank Twitter feed was created, accumulating over 11,900 followers within the next three years. On December 8th, 2011, the official Filthy Frank Facebook page was created, which received more than 42,800 likes within the next 14 months.

The Pink Guy

On February 29th, 2012, a video titled “Mr. Pink and Friends” was uploaded to the DizastaMusic YouTube channel featuring Frank and another man in lycra body suits acting deranged and staging pranks in public places (shown below, left). Within one year, the video received over 229,000 views and 590 comments. On May 12th, Filthy Frank published a video in which he dances to the song “First of the Year (Equinox)” by Skrillex while wearing the pink lycra body suit (shown below, right). Over the course of the next nine months, the video garnered upwards of 1.2 million views and 4,000 comments.

Other Notable Videos

Harlem Shake

On February 2nd, 2013, Filthy Frank uploaded a video in which he and several friends wearing different colored body suits perform variations of the “Harlem shake” dance (shown below). Over the next week, the video accumulated over 350,000 views and inspired many other YouTubers to create additional “Harlem shake” videos.

Welcome to the Rice Fields, Motherfucker

Welcome to the Rice Fields, Motherfucker is a quote by Filthy Frank from his video “HOW TO SAY HELLO IN 30 LANGUAGES.” It became a popular quote and catchphrase among his fans and has spread in various image macros. On August 25th, 2012, Filthy Frank uploaded “HOW TO SAY HELLO IN 30 LANGUAGES.” For his impression of how to say “hello” in many asian countries, the camera zooms in on him as he screams “Welcome to the rice fields, motherfucker!”

Reputation

Filthy Frank is know for using racial and ethnic humor in his skits, which may be perceived offensive by some viewers. On May 31st, 2012, Frank uploaded a video in which he performs his own interpretations of 100 accents from around the world based on racial and ethnic stereotypes (shown below, left), followed by a second part uploaded on June 12th (shown below, right).

On August 25th, Frank uploaded a(now deleted) similar video titled “How to Say Hello in 30 Languages,” performing additional impersonations of people in various countries from around the world (reupload shown below). All three videos rank in Filthy Frank’s top five most viewed as of February 2013.

Personal Life

As he was almost always in character on camera, Filthy Frank’s identity was for a long time unknown. In December of 2012, YouTuber BlamedForRape commented to a DizastaMusic video claiming that Frank’s real name was George Miller and that they had attended high school together (shown below).

BlamedForRape 2 months ago His real name is george miller i went to high school with him.my teacher didn't expect this. Reply 8 United States of America text black font eyelash line
In May 2014 he uploaded a video, titled “Filthy Frank Exposes Himself”. In the video he appears as himself, George (“Joji”) and reveals to the audience that he is epileptic. The video had a largely serious tone, despite the fact that he appeared along side several characters he (George) played. Along with the video he uploaded v-logs to the youtube channel jojivlogs. However, these have now been removed. He later stated in a livestream that he stopped making vlogs because he didn’t have the time and they didn’t fit the tone of his main channel.

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Character Retirement

On December 29th, 2017 Miller made the announcement on the official Filthy Frank Twitter account that he was done with comedic videos, owing to his lack of enjoyment in making them and the damage that the various voices posed to his health (shown below). He also pointed to neurological conditions he did not discuss.


PINK LORD@FilthyFrank -17m This is old news but I figured I'd give an official statement. Thank you for your understanding and god bless. Although previously mentioned through billboard, I believe an official statement as to why I am now done with comedy, is owed to my former fanbase-- of which, I'm extremely grateful for. And while it genuinely pains me to express this, I do hope that the reasons below may provide some insight into my decision. -Unfortunately, I no longer enjoy producing that content. -Several serious health concerns, including but not limited to; throat tissue damage, and neurological conditions (that I prefer not to get into). This decision is final. I really can't express just how grateful I am to you all, nor will I ever forget the relationship that we had together. Moving forward, it is up to you whether you'd like to join (or not) In any event, I will stride to continue creating and developing projects I am passionate about, and hope you'll succeed in doing the same. - Joji 651 1.BK 6.3K text font line
In the statement, Miller refers to an interview he gave with Billboard in which he discussed moving on from the crude humor of his Filthy Frank videos to focusing on his music career as Joji, a lo-fi “trap-n-B” artist, as Billboard describes him (his video for his song “Will He” gained over 14 million YouTube views since its release in October of 2017).

Several of the top posts on /r/FilthyFrank over the following several days expressed mourning for the end of the character. For example, a Press F To Pay Respects joke posted by user PranzoFranzo gained over 1,900 upvotes. Another post by Thuktunthp_Reader gained over 1,100 upvotes.

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