OK Boomers, You're Ruling TikTok
The social media platform TikTok can be an obsession for the younger generation, and the competition to rule the platform can be intense. However, the competition some face doesn't come from peers, but from an older demographic. In the past few years, older members of a family or coworker have made their way onto the platform. Many are surprised (and so are their grandchildren) to discover they have hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers. Here are some of TikTok's most beloved oldies.
Not your old-school Nana type, Lonni Pike brings a modern sensibility to the over 60 set. You won't find her baking cookies or preaching to the younger set as she is 100% true to herself (even when modeling a pair of pants she decided to return) on the social media platform.
Followers: 1.5 million
Yes, THAT Mandy Patinkin (along with his wife, Kathryn). The actor (who has an adorable soft spot for his dog) has a dedicated TikTok following, most of whom remember him from his portrayal of Inigo Montoya from "The Princess Bride". Watch this video of Patinkin's sweet response to a fan who recently lost her father and try not to cry.
Followers: 4.4 million
With a profile that reads "Always a little pissed," visitors know exactly what they're getting when they visit this TikTok page: pure, irreverent humor. Start with her ad for a soft drink, and then move on to the video where she answers Star Wars trivia. Fair warning: there's quite a bit of swearing in her videos, so be aware.
Followers: 1.2 million
Making the type of content you need when you're having a bad day, this sweet-natured woman refers to her viewers as her "beautiful friends" before reminding them how much she believes in them or offering up some friendly advice, like choosing your words carefully. Her page is a must-stop for days when you're feeling low.
Pete From the Street
had to hop on this trend! my granddaughter said it was a must♬ Might Be - Remix - Dj Luke Nasty
Grandpa Joe 1933
Followers: 4.6 million
If you read this profile of 'just a grandad having fun,' you know what you're in for when you visit his corner of the internet. From videos about helping his granddaughter recuperate after an injury to self-deprecating jokes about the slang youngsters use, his social media feed is a one-stop shop for good, wholesome fun.
Followers: 4.7 million
In a world in which people try to sugar coat reality, Charles Mallet's TikTok feed is refreshingly real: some days are good, silly fun, like this "Dance if you like to eat ice cream at 1 a.m." video while another video shows him visiting his son's grave. Through it all, Mallet remains sweetly resolute (and thoroughly captivating).
Just a Gram
Old Man Steve
Followers: 1.7 million
While Old Man Steve may be a terrible magician, he's having too much fun to care. His assortment of bad jokes, silly moments, and colorful clothes and hats will delight little kids, but adults might find his joy for living inspiring, too.
Hershey Park Pre-show gymming. 📷: Dead Co. Gym Safety Advisor.♬ Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley
If you're a devoted Deadhead, this feed should be a delight. Bobby Weir, an original member of the Grateful Dead, is fairly new to the platform but fans will love the instructional videos for his pre-show workout.