By Jennifer De La Torre
The self-proclaimed “Brother Nature” on social media is finding himself the subject of criticism after some of his years-old tweets were unearthed. Kelvin Peña, 19, went viral this year for his friendship with some local deer, known as Canela, that frequently roams his backyard and the woodlands around his home. While millions were charmed by funny videos of him communicating and spending time with the wild animals, one skeptic took the time to dig in his tweets all the way back to 2011, where he found some disturbing content that has left his fans divided. The twitter user shared the findings of his deep dive into Brother Nature’s tweet history, where he discovered racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, and sexually disturbing messages. In 2011 and 2012, Peña tweeted such things as ‘Heil Hitler’ and ‘white power’. He used racial slurs against black people and made disparaging comments about women’s rights. The user screenshotted several of the tweets and shared them together, quickly earning a response from other social media users.
But while most raised their eyebrows and disavowed Peña, many were quick to forgive him, pointing out that he was 12 and 13 at the time of the tweets. Should adults be held accountable for what they said before their brain fully developed?
For his part, Peña quickly took to his own Twitter account to apologize, sharing a long message where he wrote “I woke up this morning to see my old tweets resurface on my timeline and my heart dropped. I started using Twitter when I was 12 years old, I was very impressionable and was seeking attention… I am sorry to all of the people that I have offended and let down. I apologize for 12-year-old Kelvin and take total responsibility for my words. Everyone changes, everyone learns, and everyone makes mistakes”.