Vine’s Biggest Teen Star Criticized for Homophobic Video

Nash Grier Homophobic Slur Vine Backlash

Nash Grier, a teenager known for having the most followers on the social media app Vine, went even more viral recently –- but this time for making a controversial statement in one of his videos.

The 16-year-old, who has 8.7 million Vine followers, posted a clip from a HIV-testing commercial that explained that the disease was not just a “gay thing.” Grier then appears on the video saying, “Yes it is!” and screams a homophobic slur.

This is not the first time the video has received backlash. When Grier first posted it in April, he deleted it shortly after negative comments started rolling in.

However, another Vine user, Tyler Oakley, saved it and posted it, allowing it to resurface over the holiday weekend.

Grier took to social media on Sunday to apologize. In a draft on Twitter, Grier wrote, “I apologize for anything negative I’ve said towards gays and for that matter anyone. I was young, ignorant, stupid, and in a bad place.”

 

In the past, Grier has posted homophobic tweets using the term “gay” and “fag” in offensive ways. Yet in his Twitter apology on Sunday, Grier insisted, “I have nothing against anyone or anything that promotes equality. Sorry again.”

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  1. Aaron says:

    Teenagers love to say and do what they want without consequences. Welcome to the adult world Mr. Grier.

  2. Steve says:

    Vine is awful. The Idiocracy is nigh.

  3. Dude says:

    A teenage boy being homophobic? NO!

    • Aaron says:

      Did you read the article? The controversy is not about his age, but about him having the most followers on Vine. What you’re really saying is that because of his age, using discriminatory words are okay. If it’s not going to fly outside of mommy and daddy’s house, in the real world or your workplace, why make it a habit when you’re a teenager?

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