Dee Kosh’s offline behaviour courted extra controversy than his on-line remarks, Latest Singapore News
Ten years in the past, Dee Kosh was beginning to make a reputation for himself – albeit a problematic one at instances – as a radio DJ-host and on-line persona.
But it will all come crashing down, as his offline behaviour courted much more controversy than his on-line remarks did over the last decade.
The Singaporean YouTuber, whose actual identify is Darryl Ian Koshy, was sentenced today (Aug 5) to 32 weeks’ jail for committing various sexual offences involving teenage boys. The 33-year-old started serving his time period at this time (Aug 5).
Mr Jian Yang, head of technique at strategic communications company Distilleri, says Kosh’s case serves as a wake-up name to the trade on the subject of the broader repercussions of misbehaviour, prison or in any other case.
The bigger one’s social footprint, the larger the autumn from grace, he says.
The 42-year-old, who’s an influencer himself and holds the Asia Book of Records’ largest Barbie doll assortment, tells The Straits Times: “Back within the outdated days, there have been solely celebrities and regular folks, and nothing in between.
“Now, you’ve gotten the center floor of influencers, of manufactured self-made celebrities, the place Dee Kosh was.
“From an influencer standpoint, the truth is sometimes they have to push the boundaries of controversy to be seen, to get attention and views.”
Mr Yang says those that have put themselves into the limelight should behave accordingly. “Because once anything in your private life gets found out, you as a KOL (key opinion leader) do not have a professional public relations expert to teach you what to say or coach you on your body language, and you are left fending for yourself and won’t be ready to do so.”
Kosh obtained his begin within the leisure scene as a YouTube vlogger in 2011, and gained recognition for his comedic movies and random musings about life in Singapore.
The flamboyant on-line persona additionally served up foolish ditties about native occasions and meals, in addition to a model of South Korean pop star Psy’s viral hit Gangnam Style music video.
He moved on to a radio profession in 2012, teaming up with fellow DJ Divian Nair for The Double D Show on 987.
But in 2013, he posted an insensitive racist joke on Twitter concerning the Little India riot and was counselled by the radio station.
In 2014, he left Mediacorp for Power 98, the place he hosted his personal night-time present as a part-time presenter. He additionally carried out within the stand-up comedy present, Happy Ever Laughter, in 2016.
He was finally dropped by his employers Power 98 and YouTube channel-turned-production firm Night Owl Cinematics.
For the previous two years, he stayed largely out of the general public eye.
He then resurfaced in January this 12 months with a nine-minute YouTube video to share his aspect of the story and deal with inaccurate experiences and false rumours floating round within the public area.
In the clip, he acknowledged he was not making excuses for himself or trying to alter anybody’s thoughts, and reiterated he’s not a paedophile.
It has since been taken down.
Local influencer Wendy Cheng – higher recognized by her on-line moniker Xiaxue – additionally hosted a Bigo Live dwell stream with Kosh on March 3, titled The Last Supper.
Local influencer Wendy Cheng – higher recognized by her on-line moniker Xiaxue – hosted a Bigo Live dwell stream with Kosh on March 3, 2022. PHOTO: XIAXUE/INSTAGRAM
In May, Kosh pleaded guilty to one charge of offering cash to a minor for sexual services, and to a different cost beneath the Children and Young Persons Act for the tried sexual exploitation of a teen.
He additionally pleaded responsible to a cost beneath the Films Act for making an obscene movie. He had filmed himself in 2016 or 2017 partaking in intercourse acts with a person aged between 23 and 25.
A public prosecutor described Kosh’s offences as highly premeditated as he had intentionally and persistently sought out minors. He had additionally capitalised on his standing as a radio presenter and influencer to lure his victims.
Today (Aug 5), a choose referred to as Kosh’s use of the Internet to commit his crimes “aggravating”, and famous that his social media presence was central to monitoring down considered one of his teenage victims.
Cheng, who was amongst a number of supporters who turned up in courtroom on Wednesday (Aug 3), had deliberate to attend his sentencing at this time (Aug 5) however didn’t achieve this as she examined constructive for Covid-19.
The two have collaborated on a number of movies, and he or she has maintained she continues to be mates with him.
The Straits Times understands that Cheng plans to launch an in-depth video interview with Kosh filmed earlier than the sentencing – what she calls “just friends having a heart-to-heart”.
Although she mentioned it will not delve into an excessive amount of factual data, it’s more likely to be much like the one she did final October with Sylvia Chan, the beleaguered boss of Night Owl Cinematics who faced a rash of explosive allegations including abuse and workplace harassment.