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‘Modern Family’ star Ariel Winter calls out Viner Nash Grier for his homophobic history
Winter used a Grier-friendly hashtag to call out the star’s problematic past.
Winter called out Grier in response to a trending hashtag, #FavNashVid, for his past homophobic tweets.
Grier has addressed some of his past issues with homophobia and offensive tweets, saying those responses were from when he was younger and more sheltered about the world around him. Grier responded to Winter this week, offering to clarify his stance, and she blew him off.
Winter expanded on her thoughts on Grier on Instagram, also addressing tweets she saw as being offensive to women and minorities. Winter emphasized that she and Grier are the same age and said she wished that Grier were “inspiring our generation.”
Grier’s brother, Hayes, a fellow social media star, took to his brother’s defense online.
Winter is far from the first person to call out Grier for his behavior, with everyone from YouTubers to mainstream celebs noting his checkered past. Tyler Oakley led the charge against an incident where Grier made a homophobic AIDS joke on his Vine, which had already been deleted from his own channel and instead re-uploaded by viewers years later. Additionally, a collaboration video with fellow digital celebrities Jc Caylen and Cameron Dallas that outlined specific physical attributes in girls that the boys preferred was called out for misogyny and sexism, and was eventually deleted, although it also has been re-uploaded by viewers.
Winter has moved on from the disagreement, posting about the permanence of the Internet and about taking the high road.
Whatever you put on the internet makes a lasting impression USE IT WISELY
— Ariel Winter (@arielwinter1) January 11, 2016
The Daily Dot reached out to Nash Grier’s representatives for comment and will update this article if he responds.
A former YouTube reporter for the Daily Dot, Rae Votta has more than a decade of experience in the digital and entertainment industries. Her work has appeared on AOL, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Logo, VH1, Current TV, Billboard, and NYMag. She joined Netflix in 2016.