TikTok star and Instagram influencer Josh Richards flashed fans during a live session on Instagram with fellow TikTok star Griffin Johnson on Monday, April 27.
Richards, 18, and Johnson were live-streaming their performance of a popular video trend when Johnson pulled down Richards’ pants and revealed a lot more than intended.
The video trend involves performers placing their camera on the floor and then filming themselves sitting on it, sometimes with their backsides bare.
As Richards lowered himself on the camera, Johnson suddenly pulled down his pants and exposed a lot more than that on Instagram Live.
Josh Richards’ livestream leak went viral on social media
A clip showing the moment (viewer discretion is advised) that Josh Richards flashed his fans and followers on Instagram Live went viral on Twitter.
Many Twitter users took to the social media platform to react under the hashtags #joshrichardsleaked and #joshrichards.
While the incident elicited many explicit jokes on Twitter, many fans expressed shock and disgust, pointing out that many of Richards’ followers and fans were young and underaged.
ayo why did josh richards show his b*lls on a livestream full of probably 11 year olds i hate men pic.twitter.com/vcJLGhFzt8
— alina | clare stan ?❤️?? (@jorgeisbaby) April 28, 2020
Josh Richards apologized on Twitter
Richards took to Twitter to react to the incident. He was nonchalant about it at first, tweeting comments such as “Yo, kinda legendary tho.”
He changed his attitude after the backlash continued to mount on social media. He deleted his initial joking comments, and on Tuesday morning, he posted an apology to his fans and followers.
In his apology, he explained that the incident was not intentional and promised he would think before acting in the future.
“I want to apologize about what happened during the live. I have a responsibility because of the followers I have been blessed with. Last night I took advantage of that.
I am going to try harder to think before I act. It was never my intention to have leaked what got shown but I made that mistake and understand the consequences.”
— Josh (@JoshRichards) April 28, 2020
Reactions to Josh Richards’ apology on Twitter
The reactions to Richards’ apology on Twitter were mixed.
While some fans continued to criticize him for exposing his young fans to inappropriate content, others defended him, saying there was nothing to apologize for and that the incident was funny.
Some tried to absolve him by saying that the incident was a mistake.
Some fans claimed he was drunk at the time.
why do u have to apologize? it was funny as hell are people actually mad?
— ambs (@lvcidlogan) April 28, 2020
we love you josh and all ur supporters are with u even through ups and downs
— bebe arianne :/ (@_arianneys) April 28, 2020
But some Twitter users rejected suggestions that it was only an accident, saying he should have taken care because of his young audience.
And if you’re gonna sit here and say he was “drunk” he was drinking white claw which only has 5% alcohol. So please don’t even try it mans knew what he was doing when he did it. That’s disgusting, especially to all of his younger audience.
— ?????? ?????? ˗ˏˋ ♡ ˎˊ˗ (@21brats) April 28, 2020
How tf do u pull your pants down on accident?
— freak u (@tiktokleakd) April 28, 2020
The incident comes after nude images and videos of the TikTok star Tony Lopez were leaked on Twitter.
He is also an actor known for his roles in Brother’s Keeper and Summertime Dropouts.