Have you heard of 'Brother Nature?' He's a viral internet star, real name Kelvin Peña. His internet fame stems from the sweet videos he displays online of the animals who live near his house. After a few years of fame and success via his Twitter and Instagram, Peña came under fire for some troublesome tweets that resurfaced.
Specifically, his claim to fame is his deer. Brother Nature has an inexplicable connection with animals, particularly a family of deer that roam near his house. His social media is chock full of stories, cute moments, and more with animal friends. But long before that, young Peña made some distressing comments over Twitter as a young teen. Now, those tweets appear to have caught up with him.
Peña's comments spread rapidly over the weekend. The internet was conflicted over how to respond, and reactions were varied. Read on to find out about the whole controversy!
This is ‘Brother Nature.’coldgamekelv
Kelvin Peña became famous after posting a vine.
The internet was instantly enamored with Peña, Money, and the other deer friends.
He’s friends with lots of other animals, too.coldgamekelv
He can even make friends with squirrels.coldgamekelv
Nowadays, he posts pictures with plenty of animals (and sponsored ads).@jaytabiza @luxurycarrentalsmiami -coldgamekelv
He has used his internet fame for good.Everybody Eats, aimed towards “helping single-parent families during the holidays and after-school kids year-round."
Last year, he helped out during the hurricane season.Everybody Eats foundation to send supplies to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
Clearly, the 20-year-old star has done some good deeds.coldgamekelv
He even has a separate account for his friend, Canela.canelathesavage
Over the weekend, some old tweets of Peña’s were uncovered.
Brother nature got caught lackin 😂😭 https://t.co/mBRZAnGEs0— Zenitsu (@Zenitsu)1540156581.0
The racist, sexist and anti-Semitic tweets were from 2012.
Peña was 12-years-old when he joined Twitter and wrote the offensive tweets.
The tweets were quickly passed around by Peña’s fans.And, understandably, those fans were upset when they read what Peña had tweeted.
Not long after, Peña issued an apology for his words.
https://t.co/6x75fzWcmz— Brother Nature (@Brother Nature)1540173301.0
The apology came about as fans were expressing mixed feelings over the ordeal.
Some fans were disappointed, some accepted the apology, and others thought the whole situaiton was uncalled for.
Many Twitter users approved of Kelvin owning up to his old tweets and apologizing.
@COLDGAMEKELV this apology 100% shows how you’re a bigger and better person evolving everyday. The fact that you c… https://t.co/YQVfpsSCVU— crispy chicken schnitzel (@crispy chicken schnitzel)1540226111.0
And those Twitter users offered forgiveness and a virtual hug.
@COLDGAMEKELV we forgive you man 😭💕 https://t.co/lfECnptK1G— may (@may)1540216402.0
Others couldn’t help but joke about it.
@COLDGAMEKELV Canela still eating your fruits after everything https://t.co/5V2NGuMZV4— who's who (@who's who)1540173701.0
And a few memes made the rounds.
“Brother Nature?? He told us if we don’t eat this food on camera he was gone call animal control” https://t.co/8N3NZBuLDy— Zai (@Zai)1540172333.0
After all, the process of 'canceling public' figures is pretty common now.But in this case, the cancellation may not be so effective.
The fans seemed to agree on one thing.
all the birds after they read Brother Nature’s apology https://t.co/9Rc4vF2rCR— Neil Anblowmi (@Neil Anblowmi)1540216894.0
And many of his fans agreed that he wasn’t about to be canceled, either.
Twitter: *Attempts to cancel Brother Nature based on tweets he made in the 6th grade* Me: https://t.co/Dah8k0RbwE— 🍓 (@🍓)1540215862.0
How seriously should we take the words of a tween?
@andrewschulz He was also 13, are we really at the point that we want to start holding adults responsible for thing… https://t.co/7XLViBSBuG— TJ (@TJ)1540162277.0
Some argued that there are more problematic people out there.Unsubscribing from Brother Nature may be your prerogative, but there are other people spreading negativity in the world right now who could use some of that activist attention.
The memes changed a bit:
@COLDGAMEKELV “You know I’m happy everything is back to normal , now he can feed us” https://t.co/8Ul2zREyYQ— 🧢 (@🧢)1540248997.0
Some wondered who spent their time compiling the tweets.
@COLDGAMEKELV The person that should apologize is the person that spent hours of their day scrolling on your page t… https://t.co/ST6M5m6X53— SenseiMidori (@SenseiMidori)1540223948.0
Were Brother Nature's old tweets typical of young people?
@COLDGAMEKELV I love how everyone in this Twitter feed wanna act like Angels when they were young. If we had a reco… https://t.co/9FYS7konKU— Eric 🐧 (@Eric 🐧)1540219999.0
Long story short, the internet seems to have calmed about this.The general consensus is that the tweets were terrible. But considering Brother Nature’s apology, and calling into question the fairness of punishing someone for their 12-year-old selves, for the most part, others are moving on.
In the meantime, Brother Nature has kept tweeting post-apology.
Love u girl, thanks for changing my life ❤️ https://t.co/Cu4FjW2emC— Brother Nature (@Brother Nature)1540248843.0
Time will tell if anything else comes of this.
Gotta stay focused https://t.co/47b9UTXJOm— Brother Nature (@Brother Nature)1539988960.0