Rachel Chaleff

Rachel Chaleff

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Rachel Chaleff also known as Keet is a TikToker with Tourette syndrome with over 2.5 million followers on the app. She began posting videos covering Tourette syndrome awareness topics in January 2021, often discussing them in a comedic way, gaining a significant following over the next few years.

Online History

Rachel Chaleff posted her first video to TikTok[1] on January 19th, 2021, where she explains how she hasn't been able to wash her hair that day because of her tics, garnering over 2.6 million views in two years (shown below, left). On February 1st, she posted a video to TikTok[2] about the Nya Arigato dance trend claiming she heard the audio for the song so much she picked up a "Nya" tic, garnering over 12 million views in two years (shown below, right). On February 24, she posted a video to TikTok[3] that gained over 6 million views in two years.

@rachelchaleff Reply to @hm………no [they/them] I’m sorry, I had to record this like five times- I hope this works :) #alt ♬ Lofi – Domknowz

@rachelchaleff #stitch with @kurakeeta I have gotten so many tics from tiktok it’s horrifying #alt #fyp ♬ original sound – keet !

Chaleff started her Twitter[4] account on February 26th of that year. She continued to post videos covering questions and topics about Tourette syndrome. On June 3rd, she purportedly hit a million followers.[11] On October 19th, 2021, TIkToker[5] @noahglenncarter posted a video apologizing to Chaleff and another TikToker after using their footage in a video where he discusses the possibility of TikTok leading to increases in tics from teens[6] after some claimed that his use of their footage suggested they're faking their syndromes (shown below).

@noahglenncarter Reply to @rachelchaleff #greenscreenvideo #greenscreen ♬ Mud Flow "the Sense of me" ( Soundtrack Life is Strange) – DOLKINS

On February 27th, 2022, Chaleff posted a video to TikTok[7] responding to someone accusing her of copying another creator with Tourette syndrome. Chaleff explains that the two of them are friends and that "complex vocal tics" sometimes involve copying other peoples' words, which is known as echolalia, garnering over 11.2 million views in a year (shown below, left). On December 9th, she posted a video to TikTok[8] answering the questions "have you ever offended anyone with your tics," saying she has "coprolalia," which involves involuntarily saying slurs and obscene language as tics, garnering over 4.2 million views in four months (shown below, right).

@rachelchaleff Reply to @dellis201 :) #greenscreen #tourettesawareness ♬ original sound – keet !

@rachelchaleff Replying to @fiko_925 #tourettesawareness #fyp ♬ original sound – keet !

On January 24th, 2023, she posted a video to TikTok[9] responding to someone asking if taking her out would help with her symptoms, simply answering, "No," garnering over 10.8 million views in three months. On April 13th, she posted a video to TIkTok[10] claiming she has never faked a tic to insult someone, saying, "If I want to insult someone, I want them to know I meant it," garnering over 12.1 million views in two weeks (shown below).

@rachelchaleff Replying to @stephenjusbetta4 #tourettesawareness #fyp ♬ original sound – keet !

Online Presence

Rachel Chaleff is active on TikTok[12] @rachelchaleff with over 2.5 million followers, Twitter[13] @rachelchaleff, YouTube[14] @rachelchaleff2801 and Instagram[15] @rachelchaleff, with over 99,000 followers.

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[1] TikTok – rachelchaleff

[2] TikTok – rachelchaleff

[3] TikTok – rachelchaleff

[4] Twitter – rachelchaleff

[5] TikTok – noahglenncarter

[6] Psychology Today – The Girls Who Caught Tourette's from TikTok

[7] TikTok – rachelchaleff

[8] TikTok – rachelchaleff

[9] TikTok – rachelchaleff

[10] TikTok – rachelchaleff

[11] Twitter – Charmai24436700

[12] TikTok – rachelchaleff

[13] Twitter – rachelchaleff

[14] YouTube – rachelchaleff2801

[15] Instagram – rachelchaleff

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