Viral TikTok Star Keith Lee & His Family Have Reportedly Been Receiving Death Threats, Influencer Says He Won’t Continue Food Tour If Other Cities Are Like Atlanta: ‘Nobody’s Safety Should Be On The Line’
Looks like Keith Lee has just about had it with the city of Atlanta.
Following the widespread controversy surrounding his food reviews of the area, the social media influencer made it clear that he will end his highly anticipated food tour if the hateful behavior continues.
As we’ve been covering, TikTok influencer Keith Lee has caused quite a stir with his honest opinions about the Atlanta food scene. The social media star, who has amassed over 15 million followers across his social media platforms, shared his experience with Atlanta’s long wait times, condiment surcharges, notoriety favoritism, unconventional business hours, and to-go order debacles.
His critiques triggered an uproar with many online, as they seemingly have been fed up with Atlanta restaurant policies for some time. However, things took a turn when social media users began leaving 1-star reviews and posting hate comments under some restaurants’ pages based on Lee’s experience. The food tester took to his TikTok account in the aftermath of the situation to address the hateful comments against him, his family, and the restaurants he reviewed. He stated:
“Every restaurant that me and my family go to we were either a) invited by the restaurant themselves or b), we was told about the restaurant a hundred plus times…99% of the time I never go to a random restaurant. With that being said, my opinion was asked for. So many narratives are being pushed, and it’s insane to me.”
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Lee went on to further explain that his platform and ability to shed light on smaller businesses is based on truth and authenticity, which some people are giving him slack for. The foodie urged restaurants that request his criticism to know that he’ll be honest every time and that he doesn’t expect everyone to be happy or agree with that. However, Lee said he draws the line at threats towards him and his family’s safety, as well as the owners and employees of the places he visits. He continued:
“What can’t happen is when my family’s, or the restaurants’, or anybody’s safety starts coming into play. It’s absolutely overboard…It was so much positive that happened in Atlanta that was shunned by the negative…Imma be 100% transparent and 100% candid, me and my family will postpone touring if other cities go be like this…nobody’s safety should be on the line.”
Lee’s concern about his family’s safety was seemingly affirmed by Atlanta-based radio host Ryan Cameron. The media personality shared on his X (formerly Twitter) account that Lee told him he had been getting death threats and had no desire to return to the city.
In a follow-up post, Cameron added:
“He only goes where he’s invited he doesn’t pop up on folks places of business. It’s very disheartening that people leave 1 star reviews on a persons business and have never been there . It’s a gift and a curse to have this level of popularity”
Lee has not spoken himself, however, on whether or not he would go back to Atlanta on a subsequent food tour.
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