These 7 Viral Video Stars Have Changed, but Not Always for the Better

  • February 22, 2017
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In the digital age anyone can accidentally fall head-first into fame, but of course nothing really lasts forever. So where are they now? Here's seven people who entered the mainstream, at least for a time, and what they've been doing since then.

#2 and #3 have had a rough time since they rose to fame.

1.

Jonathan Ware

Then:

In 2007 youngster Jonathan was interviewed as part of a fluff news piece. When asked how he felt about his zombie face paint, he responded with the now infamous line “I like turtles.” And thus a legend was born.

Now:

Now in college, Jonathan hasn't exploited his viral clip for fame, instead choosing to lead a quiet life.

2.

Ghyslain Raza

Then:

Better known as Star Wars Kid, a young Raza recorded himself imitating Darth Maul using his high school's video equipment. When other students discovered the tape (which he left behind) it was uploaded to the P2P services and became a hit of sorts. On YouTube it has 32,000,000 hits.

Now:

Starting in 2013 Raza began speaking out against cyber-bullying, using his own experience following the video's popularity to illustrate the effects that harassment has.

3.

Ted Williams

Then:

In 2011 the army vet and former radio DJ was interviewed after a reporter saw him by the side of the road holding a sign asking for donations and advertising his voice talents. Williams was homeless at the time.

Now:

Ted Williams

Since the video went viral Williams has received many voice over jobs and has turned his situation around. However, it's been a rocky road: Williams has checked into rehab to combat alcoholism and emotional stress.

4.

Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson

Then:

In 2009 the wedding party filmed their entrance, a dance set to Chris Brown's “Forever.” They emailed it to friends and family who couldn't attend; it was quickly uploaded to YouTube and went viral.

Now:

According to the couple the sudden popularity of the video was staggering. Though they received many offers they turned them down, instead soliciting donations for the Sheila Wellstone Institute.

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