To Tikt, he calls himself Fran the Hip Village.
But Mary Frances O’Brien isn’t that butt: she never heard of the social media app until two months ago.
Then his granddaughter posted a funny video of O’Brien to T’T, and it changed everything.
O’Brien, 93, remembers when his granddaughter told him the news. He didn’t get it.
What is a tick?
“Allison told me,‘ I posted this ticket, ’O’Brien recalls and laughs. “And I said, ‘I don’t know what a tick is. I have no idea.'”
Two months later, Naples, Florida, the woman knows all about Tiktok. In fact, she has become one of the most unlikely stars of the app.
That first video? It received over 7.3 million views and 1.3 million likes.
And another video of O’Brien dancing with his granddaughters has garnered a lot of views in just two weeks.
Suddenly, O’Brien finds himself checking his page views every day and chatting online with fans around the world.
“It brings joy to a lot of people,” she says. “If it makes people happy, I’m willing to do it.”
This summer granddaughter Alison Krauss went to see O’Brien. O’Brien’s daughter was being treated for lymphoma cancer, and they wanted to do something to encourage her.
“Allison said, ‘Mom doesn’t feel good. Let’s make a funny video,'” O’Brien said. “And we did.”
Posted in late July, the first video shows O’Brien modeling clothes to the music of Britney Spears “Oops! করছি I’m doing it again.” Caption: “When you were in your 90s and your daughter told you to stop buying more clothes.”
“My grandmother wears nine consecutive dresses,” Cruz said. “It doesn’t matter if we go to a fast-food joint or a five-star hotel.
“My mother always follows my grandmother to buy so many clothes. My grandma loves to shop, and so we thought we’d make a fun video to play it.
The video worked: O’Brien’s daughter, Colin Krauss, got a good smile from it. But then it also started to view the ticket.
Which was great, O’Brien said.
“I didn’t want anyone to see my closet,” O’Brien said and smiled. “And thanks to Ali, the whole world has seen it. It’s a mess!”
More videos have been followed, one of which is still the second-most popular. The Sept. 10 post began almost 30 years ago with a delightful O’Brien dance and holding her granddaughter. Then it quickly moves on to more recent footage – just this time, the grandson is dancing and holding on O’Brien.
The caption reads: “When you take your grandson to dance, but now, at 93, he carries you.”
The video offers the same granddaughter both times, but it’s actually two different people. Alison Krause in the previous video (about 4 years old), but it’s her sister Carrie Krause dancing and carrying O’Brien in the new footage (Alison shot a family gathering in Washington, DC this month).
Allison Krause got the idea to go to Paris on a family trip to celebrate O’Brien’s th 30th birthday three years ago. O’Brien used to get tired of walking on cobblestone roads, so Kerry Krauss would pick him up and walk around.
Many years later, Kerry still loves to take O’Brien and dance with him. So Allison decided that it would be merged with a previous video.
“I thought it would be a good mash-up,” Krause said.
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Other people seem to agree. About 2.2 million people watched the video last week, and O’Brien was featured in Newsweek and Good Morning America. A couple interested in TV talk shows, too.
“I don’t think we realized how many people we were going to reach or how interested it was,” Krauss said. “It’s incredible.
“We all know that my grandmother is a star, and she is a star in our lives. … he was right in front of a camera. “
Many videos show O’Brien dancing – something that won’t surprise people who know him best. She has been dancing since childhood and even dreamed of becoming a professional.
“I wanted to be a rocket,” O’Brien said and smiled. “But I was too young!”
She said she gave up her dream of professional dancing when she got married. But she never stopped coming out on the dance floor.
“This is my first memory,” Krauss said. “My grandmother always dances. It brings a lot of joy. He was the first person on the dance floor and the last to leave. ”
Now O’Brien is bringing joy to the rest of the world. And Krauss likes that everyone in Tiktak finally knows about his grandmother’s extraordinary.
“He’s very positive and happy,” Krause said. “He is willing to do anything and anything. He never says no. And so I thought she would be a hit – mostly to see our friends and family. ”
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