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George Kusunoki Miller (born: September 18, 1992 ), better known online as Joji (or Pink Guy, formerly DizastaMusic or TVFilthyFrank), is a Japanese former YouTuber and comedian. He since retired in December 2017 due to health problems, lack of interest to continue the series, and to pursue his music career.
Miller's true start as an entertainer began on YouTube through multiple channels such as 2cool4u92, Cosmochino, AussieAsianBoyz, DizastaMusic, TVFilthyFrank and TooDamnFilthy that consists of music videos, rants, ukulele performances and "The Filthy Frank Show", with most of the main characters played by Miller. This included the titular character Filthy Frank, a persona who was described as the anti-vlogger of YouTube. Miller first created the Filthy Frank character during his time on his DizastaMusic YouTube channel, which started gaining popularity in August 2011.
In 2013, Miller also began producing surreal comedy hip hop music under the name Pink Guy, who was of one of his many personas, with his discography spanning two full-length albums and an extended play.
On August 15, 2014, Miller uploaded a video, announcing that he would not be posting any more video content onto the DizastaMusic channel, under the risk of losing the channel due to the numerous copyright and community strikes it received.
Miller is known for starting the meme called Harlem Shake, which features a clip of one person dancing as the song Harlem Shake plays, then cutting to a clip of multiple people dancing in the same room after the beat drops. The viral trend also helped the song atop the Billboard Hot 100 and was responsible for Billboard's decision to factor in YouTube views towards chart position.
Filthy Frank's videos were known to push the extremes of YouTube, with such videos as "VOMIT CAKE", "WORST ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST", and "RAT CHEF". He also has a secondary channel called TooDamnFilthy and his own unofficial wiki.
On September 27, 2017, Miller announced the release of his first book, titled Francis of the Filth, the same year he decided to retire from being Filthy Frank, thus ending his comedic career on YouTube. On December 29, 2017, he released a statement on Twitter explaining why he has decided to do so, and henceforth his music career began.
Miller was born on September 18, 1992, in Osaka, Japan. He attended an international school, Canadian Academy, in Kobe, Japan, where he graduated in 2012. At age 18, he left Japan and traveled to the United States. He is half Japanese and half Australian.
Not much is known about his personal life, as he attempts to maintain his privacy. In his video uploaded to the DizastaMusic channel on May 3, 2014, titled "FILTHY FRANK EXPOSES HIMSELF???", where he broke character and revealed that he was a college student in Brooklyn, New York, and he didn't want to reveal personal information for fear of not being able to get a job later on due to the nature of his show. He also explained his struggles with his health, such as his seizures when stressed, caused by an unspecified illness and stated that he needed to slow down on the show for his own well being.
Miller currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Miller often flies to Los Angeles, California for work and has a residence there.
Miller has an undisclosed neurological disorder that causes stress-induced seizures. This is one of the reasons that led him to quit his YouTube career.
On December 29th, 2017, Miller officially announced in a tweet on his character's account that he was done with his online persona as Filthy Frank. He stated that the reasons for his retirement were:
- Health problems − Miller got damaged throat tissue (which is actually ironic, seeming his character claims to have gotten throat cancer and doing the voice impression actually led to similar damage), and got seizures from an undisclosed neurological disorder which was aggravated from the stress of impersonating all of his characters.
- Lack of interest − He no longer enjoyed producing comedy and wanted to pursue a career in music. This had been said numerous times before, but most of his fans seemingly didn't care about George's personal life.
It is also been speculated that the channel wouldn't survive much longer after 2017. The Adpocalypse had already damaged the channel, and the atmosphere and political climate of the platform was rapidly changing at the time. What was considered "Old YouTube", was transforming into a "New YouTube" to appeal more to advertising. TVFilthyFrank would have been considered far too extreme, offensive and edgy for the "New Youtube."
It has been said that If Miller continued to make TVFilthyFrank content, his channel would've likely gotten bogged down with strikes and complete demonetization. It is also a possibility that he could have faced termination from the platform.
The majority of his fanbase respected his decision, but still mourned the end of Filthy Frank. Miller's career completely moved on to music, which has been described as a mix between R&B/Soul, lo-fi and trip-hop. However, shortly before closing down the Filthy Frank channel, he released a novel titled Francis of the Filth, which was written to conclude the lore of Filthy Frank. Despite this, the book contradicts events that happened in the videos. So it isn't known whether the book is truly canon to the show, or if it is supposed to take place in a separate timeline.
On March 20, 2019, a man named Eli Margolis, created a fan made continuation of the series as a way to pay homage to it. His fan-made reboot is showcased on his channel named TVFilthyFrank2.
- Despite Filthy Frank's videos appearing to be mostly random, there is a story connecting most of them. However, it's not obvious and in order to get the story, viewers would have to watch them in a certain order and pay attention to the events that occur in each video.
- He can speak fluent Japanese.
- He helped film The Weeknd's official video for Party Monster.
- One of his Pink Guy songs that being Meme Machine was played on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon which Joji would make his TV debut on performing Run 2 1/2 years later.
- Sub Urban is a massive fan of his and even likes his old stuff.
- He was planning on ending the Filthy Frank character off with a limited series TV show on Netflix before the deal fell out.
- In the video FILTHY FRANK EXPOSES HIMSELF?, George reveals that there was a planned animated series based on the show in the works, but it was never mentioned again nor released.
Note: The following dates are according to
- 1 million subscribers: August 15, 2015
- 2 million subscribers: March 19, 2016
- 3 million subscribers: August 18, 2016
- 4 million subscribers: December 31, 2016
- 5 million subscribers: July 25, 2017
- 6 million subscribers: October 6, 2018
- 7 million subscribers: April 10, 2020
- 1 million subscribers: October 18, 2020
- 1 million subscribers: April 8, 2021
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