Nash Grier is the Vine star who used a homophobic slur — and violently — in a video recorded in April which has just resurfaced. Read on for 5 things to know about the teen who is now facing the full, righteous fury of the internet.
Nash Grier, 16, has earned the full ire of the internet after a Vine he had recorded in April and subsequently taken down has resurfaced. In it, he can be found yelling a violent, homophobic slur in response to a commercial about HIV. Read on for 5 things to know about the North Carolina teen whose apology may not be enough.
1. Nash Is Just 16 Years Old
Born December 28, 1997, Hamilton Nash Grier is just 16 years old. His grievous error can be chalked up to being so young, but he’s not so young that he doesn’t know that that word is not acceptable, at all. Ever.
2. Nash Is The Most Followed Person On Vine
With 8.7 million followers, Nash is the most followed person on Vine. Combined with his friend and frequent collaborator, Cameron Dallas, the two share approximately 13.7 million Vine followers between them. That is a lot of influence for a teenager to have — too much, really, considering Nash’s choice to post the homophobic Vine.
The rest of his social media following isn’t too shabby, either — 5.8 million on Instagram, and 2.71 on Twitter. Behold the almighty power of adolescents.
3. Nash Will Be On A Movie (Or TV?) Screen Near You
In May, Nash and Cameron signed a deal with AwesomenessTV for an upcoming film, according to The Daily Dot. Few details are known at this point — including whether it will be on movie or TV screens — but what we do know is that AwesomenessTV was acquired by DreamWorks in May 2013. Many of DreamWorks’ films are marketed and distributed by Walt Disney Studios, and we have a feeling that they don’t take too kindly to scandals such as these.
4. This Isn’t The First Time Nash Has Featured In Mainstream Media
The media attention that Nash is featuring this time around is certainly not positive, but this isn’t the first time that mainstream media has taken notice. Other than the coverage that Nash and Cameron received for their AwesomenessTV deal, Nash has appeared on Good Morning America twice. Not too bad for a teenager who made himself famous on social media for 6-second videos.
5. Here Is The Vine — Given How Shocking It Is, Do You Accept His Subsequent Apology?
Here is the Vine, originally posted in April, which Nash took down:
And here is Nash’s apology, made July 6:
— Nash Grier (@Nashgrier) July 6, 2014
Nash may be just 16 years old, but that is surely old enough to not only understand that that word is rooted in hatred and social discrimination, and that he needs to face the consequences. Is his Twitter apology enough? Let us know, HollywoodLifers.
– Amanda Michelle Steiner