(The Root) — Adulation for Terio, the 6-year-old dancing dynamo credited with saving Vine, has given way to concern after two more videos of him went viral.
In the videos, Terio is in a hotel hallway surrounded by adults clamoring for pictures and forcing him to dance. Terio looks as if he would rather be anywhere else; he is unsmiling and appears sad, dejected and exhausted. Public outcry was intense enough to get the person who originally posted the videos (they came from a Vine account called MADDLADTROY) to remove them hours later.
But the damage had been done. Twitter began several hashtags, like #FreeTerio and #JusticeForTerio, calling for his caretakers to stop putting T-shirt sales and Vine shares above his childhood and happiness. Some of the tweets were funny, but all shared the same concern. Check out some of them below.
— HeartbreakKid (@RatchetProvost) August 19, 2013
Stop the exploitation of Terio. He deserves better.
— Steph B-More (@StephBMore) August 19, 2013
Terio been dancing on command for a smooth month. I just wanna sit down with him and a book
— W.E.B.B.I.E DuBois (@fivefifths) August 19, 2013
Poor Terio. He 6 years old shucking and jiving for money n likes. Cold world. His parents gotta chill. This isn’t real “fame”
— dorothy dandridge (@502kissababy) August 19, 2013
— Karl Farbman (@ProfessorBLove) August 19, 2013