"Kai the hitchhiker," a homeless YouTube star famous for telling people how he "smashed" someone over the head with a hatchet, had been parlaying his Internet fame into an endless wave of couch-surfing at fans' apartments. But now he's charged with murder, and, well, that complicates things.
Kai, known to the American public as the "smash smash smash" guy, is one of the people like Antoine Dodson, Sugar Brown, and Charles Ramsey who became an internet meme after his interview with a local news station about how he got involved in a fight went viral. Here is that clip, from February, which has been viewed 3.8 million times:
After becoming a viral sensation, Kai, who had been homeless (or "homefree" as he said he preferred) did the usual media circuit. He was booked on Jimmy Kimmel days after. But the most concrete impact on his day-to-day life seems to be a lot more opportunities to stay at the homes of his friends and new fans, according to reports and his Facebook postings. Yes, this means that people, for some reason, will open up their homes to a person they saw on the Internet who is famous for wielding a hatchet. This also means, following his arrest, that some of the people who offered up their couches, are now in shock.