Nash Grier's Father Says Vine Star 'Is Not A Hatemonger Or A Homophobe'
Chad Grier, the father of Nash Grier the popular Vine celebrity whose video linking "fags" to the spread of HIV went viral and resulted in huge backlash towards the 16-year-old, is speaking out in defense of his son.
Teen video star Nash Grier will work to educate himself and others about HIV to make up for a “stupid and immature” video clip that went viral this week, his father said Wednesday.
“Nash is not a hatemonger or a homophobe,” but there’s no excuse for posting a six-second spoof in which the teen yelled a slur against gay people, said father Chad Grier of Davidson.
Regarding the video, which Grier says was actually posted and removed from Vine in April 2013:
Chad Grier says he saw it about a week later and talked to Nash, who took it down.
“It was just a stupid, immature attempt to be funny,” Chad Grier said. “It wasn’t funny.”
The father says his son understands his use of the slur hurt people but isn’t sure how to undo the damage.
“He’s a 16-year-old kid living in LA trying to figure out this new world he’s in,” Chad Grier said.
He said his son plans to use his celebrity to spread the word about the dangers of posting things that can hurt people. He will also educate himself about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and help spread accurate information, Chad Grier said.
Nash posted a second apology to Twitter on Wednesday, tweeting:
— Nash Grier (@Nashgrier) July 9, 2014
What do you think Chad's defense of his son and Nash's second apology?