Kingsley Russell's Twist of Hate
BY Brandon Voss
April 22 2010 5:35 PM ET
Just chatting by phone with the polite and somewhat soft-spoken Kingsley Russell, a 19-year-old University of Missouri freshman, you’d scarcely believe he’s the same fiery YouTube personality behind such vitriolic video clips as “Things I Hate,” which has racked up nearly 2 million views in less than a month. Dealing with homophobic Internet haters of his own, he’s certainly got plenty to bitch about, but as he explains in his very first interview, he’s much more likely to make you a sandwich than spit in your face.
The Advocate: What are you studying at Mizzou, and what do you want to do after you graduate?
Kingsley Russell: I’m studying communications. I want to be on the radio or a television commentator — you know those countdown shows with people talking about celebrity events or top movie moments or whatever? I wouldn’t want an actual show by myself, but I like how Chelsea Handler sort of started out as a comedic commentator on E!
Are you just a student or do you also have a job?
I have a part-time job at Subway. I liked it at one point, but it’s right on campus and people are starting to recognize me, so it’s a little bit awkward.
So the public recognition has already advanced from exciting to annoying?
Yes, it has. [Laughs] That’s why I don’t think I could ever be a legit celebrity. One guy asked me for an autograph for this girl he liked, and one time me and my friend Andrew were walking and these girls screamed from across the street, “Kingsley, we love your videos!” It’s weird for me to respond because I’m not used to it, but I’ll always ask their name and thank them for watching. I just don’t know how to handle it yet.
It’s hard to imagine the guy from “It’s Kingsley Bitch!” having the patience to deal with people asking for extra toppings on their Italian BMT.
I have a professional attitude. In my videos I’m a little bit extra, but I’m basically nice, for the most part. The person you see in my videos is the person that’s in my head. I can’t usually say what I want to in real life when something’s actually happening, so I get on YouTube and say it later. If I acted like that in real life, I’d probably be murdered by now.
You record most of your videos in your dorm room. Does your roommate hate you?
He doesn’t even know. [Laughs] He’s a foreign exchange student from Singapore, so he’s kind of oblivious. But when he’s around, I’ll go to one of my friends’ rooms, which is why you can see, like, three different rooms on my channel.