The grandad who became a TikTok star without realising it

The grandad who became a TikTok star without realising it

In less than three months an 87-year-old grandfather has gathered a huge following on the video-sharing app TikTok, despite the fact that most of its users are teenagers. And for a long time he was unaware of his growing fame, explains Chris Stokel-Walker.

The video summed up the exasperation many elderly members of society have felt. Joe Allington, from Lichfield, walked the aisles of his local supermarket, eyes agog at the empty shelves he saw before him.

He returned home downcast, with no shopping.

This was before the government introduced strict social distancing rules and Allington began self-isolating. He didn’t really need to go shopping as he’s been living with his daughter and her family for the last four-and-a-half years, but the 14-second-long performance hit a nerve and has now been viewed more than 42 million times on the shortform video sharing app, TikTok.

 

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