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Homophobic Vine Video Goes Viral

Let's get real. This is not the first time Nash Grier-the 16-year-old viral Vine sensation--has made waves for his less-than-tactful presence on social media. But this time, it seems LGBT advocates and the HIV communities have had enough of the sexist, now apparently homophobic/AIDSphobic teen.

Grier's latest scandal started in April, TMZ reports, when the North Carolina teen (who boasts more than 8.7 million followers on Vine, making him the most popular account on the video-sharing app), decided to post up a video featuring a snippet from a commercial for the HIV test OraQuick.

In the commercial, two men say (rightfully so, may we add): "Testing for HIV. It's not a gay thing."

Then, the Vine video quickly cuts to Grier, who hurls out this homophobic slur straight into the camera: "Yes it is, F**!"

Grier apparently deleted the post shortly after it went up. But fortunately, the Internet never forgets. Somewhere along the line, Vine user MuneralsFab got a hold of the slur and re-posted it, Gawker reports. Soon after, it was re-shared by another online star: LGBT YouTube advocate, Tyler Oakley, who was appalled enough by the Vine to send out a massive Twitter blast against Grier.

Below is Oakley's tweet and Grier's now-infamous video:

Oakley's blast made its rounds across social media over the holiday weekend, prompting a Twitter apology from the now-infamous teen. But HIV advocates have joined in on the fight against the Grier's message. HIV Equal, an anti-stigma social media campaign, recently made this official statement about the debacle:
"HIV is not just a gay thing. It's a woman thing, it's an African-American thing, it's a Latino thing--it's something that affects everyone in every community," said Gary Blick, MD, the co-founder of HIV Equal.

"Our youth need to be made aware that stigma against a disease or a community of people is not something that we, as a society, will tolerate," said Tyler Curry, senior editor of HIV Equal online. The organization has also been blasting back against the teen by posting their own anti-stigma messaging to help raise awareness about the truth around HIV/AIDS.


Yes, it's true that men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 63 percent of new infections in 2010--according to the latest stats available from the CDC--with most of those infections occurring among MSM of color between ages 13 and 24. But for those of you who are confused about why Grier's Vine created so much uproar (aside from the F word), here are some other real facts about HIV/AIDS in the United States:

  • Women accounted for nearly 20 percent of new HIV infections in 2010.
  • 84 percent of HIV infections among women are through heterosexual contact.
  • 24 percent of people living with HIV in 2009 were women.
  • Since the beginning of the epidemic, almost 85,000 people who contracted HIV through heterosexual sex have died.


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Comments on The POZ Staff's blog entry "Homophobic Vine Video Goes Viral"

2007 at age 47 I caught it when the latex broke even when I was trying to be very careful. It can happen to anyone. Awareness and early detection is so important!

While all people of all types and ages can and do get HIV.All gay men and especially black gay men, wet it at alarming rates. young gay men and men in general, are not given a good sex info class. this amounts to gay genocide. if a virus was killing Jew's or people of another group... the media woul be on it an stay on it. Life has become cheap, and gay life a forgotten culture..This will all cause a huge problem down the pike. More and more people living with HIV. More will be dying from it. The virus (HIV) now had multi drug resistant, strains...

This is just so sad on so many levels. Karma can be a real bitch, but only if you are one yourself.

I have to wonder just how secure this child is in his own sexual identity. He also hangs out with Justin Bieber, another train wreck. Sad, just sad.

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