Khaby Lame acquired over a million followers in eight days, dethroning Charli D’Amelio and becoming the most followed person on TikTok. Lame had 140.7 million app followers on June 15, 2022, while D’Amelio had 141.3 million. Lame has 143.1 million at the time of writing, whereas D’Amelio has 142.2 million. The original Tiktokroom announced the news on their Instagram page, and netizens’ reactions were mixed. Some congratulated Lame, while others thought D’Amelio deserved to have more followers than him.
“I’m not going to lie, he’s dull. “My greatest flex is that I never followed him,” one person said. “Didn’t he body shame and criticize Asian people’s features?” another person asked.
A third user said that the TikTok queen probably didn’t care about TikTok anymore since she was too busy doing her own thing. Some even alleged that Lame had purchased the followers in order to dethrone D’Amelio. Lame and D’Amelio have yet to respond to the news.
The Ascension of Khaby Lame and Charli D’Amelio
For the longest time, D’Amelio was TikTok’s reigning queen, and her popularity on the platform was unsurpassed. She joined the app in 2019 and quickly gained a large following due to her viral dancing routines. In 2020, she became the first person to reach 100 million followers, and she celebrated with a video.
The TikToker praised her followers for their support during her TikTok journey, as well as TikTok for making this feat possible. She described the experience as strange and encouraged followers to continue to support her. For the longest time, no one appeared to be able to compete with the TikTok queen; that is, until April 2021, when Lame entered the app. Lame was a factory worker before joining the app, but he lost his job during COVID-19. Instead of seeking another employment, he spent his leisure time making movies on the app. Lame is well-known for his dialogue-free parody video, signature expressions, and hand palm motion.
His sense of humor propelled him to such popularity that the social media analytics site Socialblade indicated he was accumulating three million followers each month on average, compared to D’Amelio’s one million.
Khaby Lame has always enjoyed making others laugh since he was a child.
Lame said in an interview that he has loved the humor and making people laugh since he was a child. He was motivated after seeing his hero, Will Smith, on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. “I looked at Smith and told him I wanted to be like him.” I wanted to make people laugh since most artists were concerned with getting wealthy or famous. “That was not what I wanted,” Lame remarked of his decision to pursue a career in comedy.
He went on to say that he began creating films because he enjoyed them and wanted to make others laugh. The secret to his success, he believes, was loving what he accomplished before allowing others to appreciate his works. He enjoyed reading comments about how he had brightened someone’s day. It inspired him to remain consistent.