Dad recreates daughter's selfies on Instagram
One of the saving graces of having your whole life splashed across social media is that, more often than not, your parents are a bit too out of touch to know what's going on. They might have Facebook, sure, but they don't normally use it for much more than sharing minion memes and tagging their friend Sandra in a video about wine.
Essentially, we're usually off the hook when a video of our drunken dancing somehow ends up in a Snapchat story.
However, there are some older folks who have managed to master the art of social media better than us millennials - and, boy, do they know how to troll.
One man, Chris "Burr" Martin from Spokane in Washington, went viral last year after copying his teenage daughter's Instagram posts in amazing detail - right down to the expression on her face and the tattoos on her body. And, like any father committed to his embarrassing schemes, he's still at it.
In an interview with People, Martin - who is a warehouse inventory worker and part-time comedian - spoke about what sort of reception his Insta antics has received.
"I wondered if it might get old — I didn’t want to get to the point where I was pathetic for attention," he said. "But since I started posting again more regularly, I've experienced a resurgence. People seem to love it, and that makes me happy."
Martin's daughter, Cassie, is totally fine with the whole thing. In fact, she seems to enjoy her dad's posts more than anyone else.
"I know there’s a chance he's going to imitate [my posts]," she said, "but it’s always a lot of fun. Probably the funniest thing is when he draws on a tattoo and it’s still there the next day because he couldn’t remove it."
Martin appears to have quite a flair taking selfies, too, as his Instagram account now has twice as many followers as his daughter's. Plus, with 152,000 people enjoying his posts, he has a larger fanbase than some celebrities.
The impact that Chris and Cassie have on people seems really positive, too, and Martin has received several messages thanking him for what he does.
"A mom with a daughter with autism emailed to say that they both looked forward to them and it always made their day brighter," he said, "and a man who had lost his daughter told me that my selfies made him laugh for the first time in a long while. It's wonderful to know that this is ringing deeper than just a stupid thing that I did."
The idea originally came to Martin after he saw a picture of his daughter that he considered to be a little too revealing.
"I thought, 'Wow, that should be toned down.'
"There’s too much pressure for everybody to look sexy on the Internet. It’s such a weird thing: Teenage girls are always posting these selfies to boost their egos, then they’ll get crude comments and regret it. But what do they do? They post again. So I thought, 'OK, I'm going to make a point here.'"
So, while Martin's posts may seem like nothing more than a harmless bit of fun, they're also sending out an important message to young people using social media.