Dr Oz: Brandon Bowen Vine
Dr Oz is Bringing Healthy Back, and part of that process is not letting other people stop you with negative feedback. Celebrate where you are! As an example of this, Dr Oz introduced 16-year-old viral video star Brandon Bowen.
To “block out the haters,” Bowen wears plastic spoons over his eyes. Brandon, from Georgia, is a viral hit on the social networking site Vine, where users share short video clips. There, he has racked up over 100,000 likes.
The popularity of his “haters” video spawned tributes and imitations, with many others reaching for plastic spoons to follow suit and “block out the haters.”
Dr Oz: Blocking Out the Haters
At age 13, Brandon got an infection that left him unable to walk for a year. That’s how he gained 50 pounds, which he has not been able to lose since then. People began teasing him so much that his parents began home schooling him.
Brandon Bowen devoted some of his energy to funny Vine videos that have gained him a following. After showing us his journey, Dr Oz invited Brandon to join him as a guest.
Dr Oz: Brandon Bowen Positive Attitude
Brandon showed off a T-shirt capitalizing on his catchphrase. He said he was surprised by the impact that his short video message has had on so many others.
Dr Oz said many people become fixated on negative things that happen or bad feedback they receive from others. But according to Brandon, “the positive is what keeps you going forward in life. If you think of the negative, you’re just going to be standing in one spot.”
His homespun wisdom is definitely charming. Doctor Oz said that many people are unfairly judged based on their appearance. Brandon added that he has been trying to lose weight, and others might be discouraged by the negative comments he gets from people online each day.
Dr Oz: #BlockTheHaters
Dr Oz said he thinks that Brandon has touched a nerve and inspired people. He said that we should change the conversation and focus on how we feel, not how we look. “Judging is just a waste of time,” he said.
Dr Oz presented Brandon with blinged-out spoons and asked him to perform his catch phrase on command. To conclude this show, Dr Oz encouraged people to share their stories of overcoming negativity on social media, using the hashtag #blockthehaters.