Blake Wilson from Roswell, a northern suburb of Atlanta, may be a father of four children, but he’s best known around the Internet as BatDad, a sensation with millions of parents across America. On Sept. 25, he gained national exposure when he appeared on “Today” to talk about his hugely popular short videos, called Vines, that have become the talk of the Net among millions of fans.
Wilson’s 6-second Vine clips deal with a wide array of parenting issues that range from bad table manners to car safety seats and everything in between. On Wednesday, the 29-year-old super dad removed his mask on “Today” and said on national TV, “I’m just a normal dad with four kids having fun with them.” When asked why he thinks his videos have become so popular, he admitted that they’re pretty stupid, but that they make parents and kids smile.
Blake’s wife plays a major role in his series of YouTube Vines and she’s a good sport about it. According to NBC News, BatDad is fully aware that he can be annoying, but his wife Jen goes along with his antics.
The “Today” hosts applauded BatDad’s creativity and memorable videos. Al Roker went as far to exclaim on Wednesday, “You’re a genius. I wish I thought of that!”
Reaction from Atlanta parents has also been very positive. Carole Weaver, a mother of three from Snellville stated, “It’s just so cool that these videos exist. My kids and I love them all.” Maryann Scars, a mom of a two-year-old from Roswell, added, “I’m so happy for BatDad. Now everyone will know about him and his short videos. We love them!”
BatDad’s Vines have racked up millions of views on YouTube. According to the “Atlanta Journal & Constitution,” a compilation of Wilson’s video postings on YouTube reached 3 million views in just a few days. Now, with the national exposure of “Today,” they should quickly rack up millions more. It’s all good news for the Atlanta dad who’s trying to teach kids – one Vine at a time.
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