Tori Foster, Staff Writer
In the past couple of weeks, Bother Nature, social media influencer, has been accused of being racist after old tweets from 2012 resurfaced. Some of the tweets read “TL stopped loading…too many coons on my TL thats why f***. Jay-Z look like a monkey. F*** that, Im Hitler. Everyone’s a f***ing Nazi. Wanna hear a joke? Women’s rights.”
Brother Nature is the Twitter’s account name of 20-year-old Kelvin Pena. Pena is known for his wildlife YouTube videos where he spends a lot of time with deer, as one of his main gimmicks is as a self-proclaimed deer whisper.
He had nearly 4 million followers between his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Over the weekend, Brother Nature’s reputation turned bad fast. Sunday evening, People began to repost their screenshots of Brother Nature’s tweets from 2011 and 2012 when he was 12 years old. Once the old tweets started to surface he quickly turned his Twitter’s account private in fear that people or social media would dig up some more skeletons in his closet.
By that evening Brother Nature had issued a public apology on Twitter for his offensive tweets. A photo from his iPhone explained, “I started using Twitter when I was 12 years old, I was very impressionable and was seeking attention. I am sorry to all the people that I let down.” He goes on saying that everybody changes and learns from their mistakes. He hoped people would understand he evolved as a human being from then.
I believe that Brother Nature should not be punished for his actions in the past when he was 12 years old, because it was before he became a public figure. As children who have social media accounts we posted a lot of unnecessary things, but as we grew up we developed different mindsets and we matured. I believe most people are different human beings than they were when they were a kid.
The content is very racist, and I understand why people are enraged because I was too, but he was only 12 when he made these tweets. Nobody knows who resurfaced the tweets or why, but it seems obvious to me that they were trying to ruin his career. At the age of 12 we know right from wrong, but we do not realize the impact of our words. He clearly feels differently now.