The YouTuber, whose name is Olajide “JJ” Olatunji, posted a profanity-laced video rant Monday, excoriating pirates who are stealing copies of the movie.
“Stop pirating the f—ing movie! F—‘s sake, man!” he yells at the outset of the seven-minute video, which has racked up nearly 2 million views so far. “So many people have downloaded this movie illegally, it’s actually disgusting.”
“It’s not a YouTube video,” he says. “I’ve done thousands of videos — all free, all free, man — and then the one time we have to pay a little bit of money to watch this thing that took a month a f—ing half to do… That’s when everyone’s just like, ‘Oh, no, f— that.'”
“Laid in America” is available on Amazon.com and iTunes (for $14.99 in the U.S.) as well as on DVD at multiple retailers in the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere. The movie, which co-stars Caspar Lee, was released Sept. 26 in the U.K. and the following day in the U.S. on digital platforms. “Trust me, there isn’t a shortage of places where you can go to get this f—ing thing!” KSI says. “You stealing motherf—ing piece of s—!”
KSI does thank those who have paid for the movie. But he said piracy takes money from the hundreds of people involved in making the movie, including the producers, directors, actors and crew. “It’s not just me you’re f—ing over,” says the 23-year-old YouTuber, who is managed by OP Talent.
He added, “I don’t give a f— about the money, I really don’t… I’m pissed because I might not be able to do a sequel.” KSI was especially outraged about people tweeting to him that they illegally downloaded the movie.
In “Laid in America,” KSI and Lee play two British high-school exchange students desperate to lose their virginity with the girls of their dreams during their last night in America. Their friendship is tested as they blunder through the night to fulfill their fantasies before their flights back to the U.K.
“Laid in America” is produced by Max Gottlieb, under his Fun Group banner focusing on films with digital talent; previously he was a producer on Broadway’s “Rock of Ages.” The film is executive produced by Adam Margules through his Angry Adam Productions and is written and directed by Sam Milman and Peter Vass, the comedy duo behind YouTube channel Bad Weather Films.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group is handling distribution for the film in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Latin America, while the film’s producers are handling distribution for the rest of the world.