It’s a weirdly tough world. We love to bestow fame on young people for being cool or attractive or funny, and we just as quickly love to yank the soapbox out from under them or bitterly shame them for errors in judgment.
We love building our straw men and punishing them for displeasing us.
Carter Reynolds is our latest target. Sure, he brought this on himself and deserves to take the heat of a person who pestered an underaged girlfriend for oral sex on camera. That’s bad. But society isn’t exactly innocent in all things, so they should at least be mindful of that when picking up their stones to throw. Of course Carter should be aware that no one of age buys his “hackers have been sending those awful things to my fans for a while now excuse.” Unfortunately young people are quick to forgive for these sorts of abuses. At a certain point, they’ll learn the forgiveness has to stop though.
Carter is currently without management if our source on the matter is correct — though reports are still early on this, allegedly this has been the final straw (callback!). Of course, this also comes after he — wait for it — told people on Twitter that they were “blowing things way out of proportion.” Bad choice of words much?
Though he has been apologizing profusely on Twitter after claiming he was hacked, it might be too late for Carter to have anything but an outsider’s career on Vine — the sort of thing that Curtis Lepore has been faced with after his incident.
— Carter Reynolds (@carterreynolds) June 23, 2015
Carter’s full apology, so far:
Apparently, his apology hasn’t been going so well because he just posted these two caveats:
It’s just a long string of abuses for Carter, who previously enjoyed his “bad boy” status on Vine. Now he’d probably give almost anything for a second chance.
There have been past instances involving Carter, which have been done away with for one reason or another. But it all stacks up like a pretty awful train wreck of a story. This seems like an instance that will stick finally. But we’ll see what excuse he comes up with next.