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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.


Rae Votta


Posted on Jan 12, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 9:15 am CDT

Modern Family star Ariel Winter took to Twitter and Instagram to call out Vine celebrity Nash Grier this week for his 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.

The Daily Dot reached out to Nash Grier’s representatives for comment and will update this article if he responds.

H/T MTV | Photo via Dominick D/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Screengrab via Nash Grier/YouTube | Remix by Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Jan 12, 2016, 8:07 pm CST