The trail to web stardom might be instantaneous, jarring and, for some, undesirable. That was the case for Dieunerst Collin, who at 9 years outdated was the focus of a viral video whereas standing in line at a Popeyes. Collin’s side-eye gaze has lived on in web lore, even when he by no means wished to realize web fame.
“When it first occurred, I type of felt unhappy about it,” Collin stated. “It was anyone randomly recording me, and I’ve by no means been viral earlier than. When it first got here out, I might take it as bullying, each time I used to listen to ‘Oh, Terio, Terio,’ and that’s not my identify … a pair weeks later, I found out it was me based mostly on the video. I acquired type of emotional, cried a bit of bit. Over time, I acquired over it.”
On Sunday, Collin’s path took a flip for the victorious, as his East Orange Excessive College (N.J.) crew received the state championship in a wild, triple-overtime thriller to cap an undefeated season.