Local TikToker Nets 270K Followers

Senior Dylan Gay

Taylor Beam, Section Editor

Dylan Gay, a current senior at LCHS, recently amassed a large Tik Tok following. Over quarantine, he started making content on the viral app and his following quickly grew.

Gay currently has 270k followers and  9.9 million likes across all his videos. He hopes to continue growing his following so he can encourage others to speak out against injustice.

“I think it is always important to use your platform to help educate and inform others on issues that are prevalent within our society,” Gay said.

After his videos started to consistently get 50k+ views, he realized he wanted to do something substantial with his platform.  

His content is centered around calling out problematic behavior and bringing light to issues he holds close to him.

He is currently a member of the social media group “TikTokforBiden,” a group with the mission to encourage young people to register to vote as well as raising money for COVID-19 relief funds and the Biden-Harris campaign. The group’s Tik Tok account currently has more 1 million followers.  

The group Zooms to lay out their game plan about once a week.

Gay’s notriety on TikTok led him to meet with special guests on the group’s weekly Zoom meetings. He has talked to the Glee cast, Joe Biden’s granddaughters, Devon Bostick (Rodrick Heffley in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films), Hank Green (the creator of VidCon and the YouTube series, “Crash Course”), John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars) and many well-known TikTokers.

The group has also led him to meet other creators, and he said he has become very close with these individuals.

It’s been a very interesting experience getting to know so many people from so many different backgrounds. I could see some of these people being my life-long friends,” Gay said. 

Although he has many loving supporters and new friends, there is some negativity that comes along with having a large following. Gay said gets death threats daily and tons of hate comments. He does not take these to heart and advises for other receiving hate to do the same.

Never take anything that is said on the Internet too seriously. If these people have nothing better to do than harass someone on the internet that they don’t even know, then I just feel sorry for them,” Gay said. 

To see his posts, check out his account, dylg16 on TikTok.