A teenager saying something stupid doesn’t normally make the news, but normally 16-year-olds don’t have an audience of 8.7 million people.
One of the most popular users of the six-second video sharing website Vine, Nash Grier has more followers than celebrities like Harry Styles (2.7 million) and Justin Bieber (1.7 million).
On his Vine, the photogenic selfie-obsessed teen posted a video – which we assume he thought was ‘funny’ – but was just homophobic and misinformed.
The post was taken down after a few hours, but not before it could be reposted by gay YouTube star Tyler Oakley.
He tweeted his 2.6 million followers this, accompanied by 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
Grier has refused to comment on the homophobic video. Instead, he has only promoted his new videos which make fun of his ‘haters’.
The short video has seen some of his fans click ‘unfollow’, with several critical tweets:
NASH GRIER IS A BELLEND AND SCUM OF THE EARTH. HE SHOULD BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS and i’m so glad that some youtubers don’t tolerate him
— unbirthday girl (@lunaticlaine) July 8, 2014
At this point, supporting nash grier and supporting the gay community are mutually exclusive. You CAN call out your idol’s behaviour.
— Brianne Worth (@ruckuslike) July 8, 2014
Nash Grier isn’t sorry for offending people who are gay, he’s just sorry that it’s affecting his public appearance.
— Cody Draiken (@codydraiken) July 8, 2014
Nobody tell Nash Grier that being shirtless in both your avatar and your banner picture is pretty gay. Let him figure it out on his own.
— Zach Heltzel (@zachheltzel) July 8, 2014