Onision is On Tik Tok. Hide Your Children.
Onision is an infamous name on the internet nowadays. Some may be familiar with his old viral hit “I’m a Banana”. Some, like me, are more familiar with his legacy of alleged child grooming, alleged partner/child abuse abuse, and his infamous interaction with Chris Hansen.
Gregory James Daniel, who runs the Onision brand is something of an epic figure. I mean that in the most Ancient Greek way. His hubris and affinity for conflict has led him to quite a disappointing amount of fame. With over two million followers on his main YouTube channel and many more on his secondary channels, he used to be a large figure. Most of his content is comedy directed at a younger, mostly female audience, which is ironically the worst demographic of audience for him to possibly have.
Daniel is not just a combative figure online. The crimes and controversies Daniel has been accused of and charged with are terrifying. He has been accused on sexual grooming of a minor, even admitting that he and his partner Kai began dating while Kai was a minor and Daniels was 26. He has been accused of sexual advances and interactions with minors. His content at one point was focused on rating people’s bodies (mostly younger women). Some of those women were later confirmed to be minors. Accusations have even escalated to Daniel allegedly asking a minor to be chained up in his basement as “punishment” for slights Daniel and his husband believed the child had done. Daniel has also admitted to some form of relationship between himself, his husband, and a 16 year old. While Daniel would later attempt to clarify that that relationship was purely platonic or even parental, many have been skeptical of these claims. Especially because Daniel was over the age of 30 at the time.
Controversy has also spilled over to Daniel’s own children. In September of 2019, police report responding to a call where one of Daniel’s children fell out of a two-story window in their house. While no charges came of the incident, some have alleged abuse or at least endangerment and neglect on the part of Daniels and his husband.
These allegations eventually led Dateline NBC’s Chris Hansen to “pay him a visit” in a now-viral video. As the interaction progresses, Daniel calls the police and hides in his house. Many have mocked the clip for its absurd nature and Daniel’s reaction.
With all of that said, Daniel and his brand have recently gone through some turmoil. After finding YouTube not financially sustainable anymore, Daniel turned to Patreon as a source of income. However, after a few terms of service violations on Daniel’s part, he was banned from Patreon. Daniel turned, for a short while, to Onlyfans, an amateur porn site, as a means to produce content and make money. After the failure of that, we get to now. Gregory has turned to Tik Tok.
Tik Tok, the popular social media app, allows users to produce up to sixty-second videos and connect with people of similar interests. Tik Tok users tend to be younger, ranging usually from 13 to 20. While many adults do use the app, they are the exception to the rule. So, one might ask, why is someone with so many controversies — and may I remind you, an alleged child groomer and possible pedophile — allowed on the app Tik Tok.
Admittedly, Daniel’s account (onisionprime) is still small, only having a little over four thousand followers. Even still, he will sometimes get a large amount of views on his page. His content, mostly reposts of clips from his older YouTube videos or political humor, tends to go unnoticed except by his fans. However, he has been known to go viral. When he does, his comments become a combination of disgust from people who know him from past controversies and younger people who are most likely unaware of who he is. Some of his content even shows him in his underwear or purposefully sexualizing himself.
I must remind you, Tik Tok is an app for mostly children and young adults.
I recently reached out to Tik Tok asking them to remove his account. I detailed all the controversies he had been involved in and the nature of his content more generally. I was surprised to see Tik Tok did not respond and did not take down his account. It has occurred before that sexual predators and convicted sex offenders make their way to Tik Tok. In all of those cases I am aware of before, Tik Tok was quick to respond and ban those people from their platform. While most of the allegations against Daniel have not led to convictions or criminal charges, I still think it is irresponsible of Tik Tok to allow any of the Onision brand and any of Gregory James Daniel on their app.
In all, Daniel’s channel may never grow to the point where Tik Tok feels obligated to intervene. Hopefully, none of his channels grow at all. Even still, it’s important that people like Daniel are removed from apps that are heavily trafficked by minors. Onision is only one of the many pests out there who may seek to grow their following on Tik Tok. It is important that those who care to remain vigilant in identifying and removing these creators from the Tik Tok app and begin deplatforming people as malicious and allegedly predacious as Gregory James Daniel.