Just when we had almost forgotten about him, self-proclaimed “Vine star” Nash Grier is back with a new op-ed published by The Huffington Post. In it, the teen internet sensation once again insists that he’s not homophobic.
No, seriously, guys. He’s not.
Like, for real.
Grier received backlash earlier this year when a six-second video posted to his Vine account went viral. The video is about HIV/AIDS and ends with Grier screaming the word “FAAAAAG!” before smirking into the camera.
“As humans we’re going to make mistakes,” Grier writes. “I, Nash Grier, have made more mistakes than I can remember. Some big, some small, some nobody has seen, and some millions of people have seen.”
This much is true. As humans, we do make mistakes. Carry on, Nash.
“In April of 2013, I made some of the best and worst decisions of my life,” Grier writes. “As a kid that just turned 15 in my freshman year of high school, I was in a weird place. I went to a small private school in North Carolina with maybe 200 kids. It was very different from your typical high school experience that you see in movies and on television. Social standards were tough.”
If he thinks being a straight kid at a small school in a small town is tough, he ought to try being a gay kid at a small school in a small town. We bet it’s a little tougher. But we digress.
“I had almost 1,200 followers on Vine and I posted six-second video on HIV/AIDS, using a very offensive term (“fag”),” Grief writes. “The next day, I went to school and I received so many responses as to how funny the video was.”
He continues: “As a kid that just turned 15 from a private school, I was very sheltered from the real world. I didn’t know the meaning behind what I was saying when I made the video. I didn’t know the people I was hurting.”
Hurting. Annoying. Po-tay-to. Po-tah-to.
Grier explains that, as he developed more and more followers, he noticed a number of angry comments on the video.
“At that time I began to get some significant feedback from people that weren’t just in my high school,” he explains. “I looked through my videos and saw hundreds of negative comments on the one I had posted bashing on HIV/AIDS and the gay community. At first, I didn’t really understand how someone could have so much hate for me.”
But, he says, after having a good hard think about it, he came to the following conclusion: “Everything I had said on or off camera could’ve been harmful to others.”
“I immediately deleted the video and changed my outlook on everything I had ever said and/or posted,” he writes. “I knew I had done something very evil.”
Cut to a few months and 25 million total followers later.
“Being on the top of my game,” 17-year-old Grier writes, “I had a bull’s-eye on my head. Someone had the video I posted a year and a half ago on their phone and decided to re-post it. The video went viral. People thought the video was new, when in reality, it wasn’t.”
Grier says the public’s response to his video left him “extremely crushed.” He also says he received death threats and was accused of being “homophobic” and a “hate monger.”
“[I]n reality,” he writes, “it was the farthest thing from true. One of my first big YouTube videos was with four of my good friends at the time — most of them gay. Many of my early Vines and collaborations were with gay people.”
In other words: I’m not homophobic. My best friend is gay!
“I never once had a problem with someone’s sexuality or sexual preference,” Grier insists. “I can’t stress to you enough how far off the title ‘homophobic’ is from my actual personality.”
He adds: “[D]on’t think for a second this is just something to save my ass in the business world. This is me, no publicist, no one telling me what to do. I accept you, and you get the same respect from me whether you are black, white, gay straight, Asian, bisexual, Australian, tall, fat, WHATEVER it is.”
At long last! The one thing we’ve always wanted has finally come true. Nash Grier has personally offered us his acceptance and respect. Our inner peace has been restored.
“From the bottom of my heart,” he writes. “I am truly sorry to each and every person I have ever offended.”
In all seriousness, we’re not about to continue holding a grudge against a teenager. He did a dumb thing. We know it. He knows it. So, Nashy boy, we’ll accept your apology. Hell, we’ll accept your acceptance and respect, too. But then we’re going to cast you back off into obscurity.