Let’s put aside the cultural jigsaw puzzle that allowed this kid to become internet-famous in the first place, but the fact remains that Nash Grier currently has 8.7 million followers on Vine.
That’s 8.7. Million. People.
To put it in perspective, Justin Bieber’s Vine is followed by 1.7 million.
The 16-year-old (he was born in 1997 to make you feel extra old) is one of a growing trend of photogenic kids who seem to blow up social media with selfies and short videos, gaining fame and the potential for actual money along the way.
As a general rule of thumb, kids can occasionally be huge idiots. It’s just science.
And normally we wouldn’t report on a 16-year-old being homophobic, except that there were 8.7 million people listening when ‘lil Nashy posted something not only stupid (also not news since all his posts are stupid) but homophobic, misinformed and insulting.
The post was taken down, but not before it could get reposted by another Youtuber, Tyler Oakley. For his part, Tyler has built up quite the social media following himself.
Here’s what Tyler tweeted to his 2.6 million followers (certainly not chump change), and below you can see Nash’s original Vine:
Call me and people like me, ‘fag’ all you want, but spreading false information about deadly diseases is next level. https://t.co/W6X9MUrgUK
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) July 6, 2014
Assuming that the vast majority of those 8.7 million followers are young people in this country, we hope Tyler wasn’t the only one who took offense.
Maybe it’s about time to hit “unfollow,” America.
On a side note, you can buy these sweat pants off of Nash’s website:
We just can’t.