He’s the unwitting star of a Vine that’s been seen 32 million times – but who is the “Okay Guy”? BuzzFeed News finally tracked him down.
If you’ve spent any time on social media in the last few months, you might have seen this Vine.
The Vine was published on 29 December by 18-year-old Lilianna Hogan, from California, who was on holiday with her family in Rwanda.
The original has now been viewed more than 32 million times, becoming one of the best-known Vines in recent months.
Inevitably, it's become a meme, being remixed into a dizzying range of scenarios by other Viners: It was spliced into films such as Star Wars and used as a punchline to a series of visuals gags (attracting another 22 million views). Even Justin Bieber made his own tribute.
In an email to Fusion in March, Hogan offered some more information: “His name is Jackson and he is very sweet,” she said. “I was trying to video my mother getting mad at her phone then it turned into a landscape but then Jackson was there. Then it went viral LOL.”
Hogan said she felt a bit awkward when the video began to go viral. “At first, it really freaked me out and I did not like it because I felt like everyone was just laughing at Jackson because he's black, and that's what people do on Vine,” she said.
She also explained that that she believed Jackson was staring at her because he found her attractive. “He was so extremely sweet and it was flattering that someone so sweet was attracted to me,” she added. However, she didn't remember the name of his tour company, so couldn't help track him down.
Intrigued, BuzzFeed News made enquiries – and managed to track him down. Meet Bizagwira Marc, aka “Okay Guy”.
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