Twitter Starts ‘Free Terio’ Campaign

Fans worry about possible exploitation of the Vine star after seeing videos of him forced to dance.

Vine video screenshots (Twitter)

(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.