Our fathers are distinct creatures, with their own set of dreams and hopes for us, and their very own style of humor. (Dad jokes >>> all other jokes.) They also have a few very specific texting habits we really need to discuss…
People are looking to TikTok for pretty much everything these days. And for good reason, you can really find just about anything on the platform. From vegan cooking hacks and DIY crunch wrap videos to fashion trends and dance challenges, TikTok has become a hub for all sorts of incredible content.
Now, it’s also home to these incredible videos from a Father and Son TikTok duo that are going viral for their incredible impersonation capabilities. The queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race better watch out, because five-year-old Brice has some serious lip-syncing skills.
A father and son TikTok duo are going viral for their recent impersonations.
Randy Gonzalez and his tiny son Brice go by the enkyboys on TikTok. The account highlights how Gonzalez’s bond with his son is wholesome, fun and transformative. The pair, who are from Texas have amassed a giant social media presence, with more than 7.3 million followers on TikTok and 413,000 on Instagram.
Some of their most popular videos recently have been their lip-syncing of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan’s character from a scene in Rush Hour 2 and a scene from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air where Brice plays the role of Will Smith. There’s also a video of Randy and Brice lip syncing to Justin Timberlake’s song “Mirrors” as Randy pretends to spank Brice.
But now, their TikTok presence has catapulted them to fame as they get attention from some of the world’s biggest celebrities. Over the weekend, in response to the attack on the Capitol, Brice and his dad Randy recreated the viral “Elizabeth from Knoxville” video – the pro-Trump rioter who was maced in the face after attempting to attack the Capitol.
But it’s this masterpiece right here that has struck gold on the Internet.
After being tweeted at by Ava Duvernay, the video that Brice and his dad Randy did impersonating “Elizabeth from Knoxville” catapulted to the top of the TikTok trending and now has more than 1.2 million likes!
It’s really incredible to watch as five-year-old Brice totally nails the entire mood of that video.
Started making TikTok videos after leaving prison as a way to break stereotypes.
When he launched the TikTok channel, Gonzalez had recently got out of prison and was looking for ways to combat stereotypes –
not just about men who look like him, but those with criminal records. He’s no hardened, scary hustler lurking in the shadows. Gonzalez is funny, vulnerable and loving.
The father told his story in a series of viral clips. When Gonzalez was released from prison he was called a criminal, loser and deadbeat. But he overcame those degrading labels because he loved his children. As a former convict, the dad struggled to get work. That’s when Brice taught him how to use TikTok.
The pair know how to work together for TikTok gold.
The duo have gained the attention of fans and celebrities from all walks of life. In fact, they were recently on Steve Harvey’s Facebook Watch Show Steve on Watch. Harvey especially enjoyed their video where they recreated a scene from the 2012 comedy Think Like a Man.
“I like doing [the videos] because they’re fun and people like me [and] smile,” Brice told Harvey during their interview. “I like being funny. I love TikTok.”
For one Argentian man, there really ain’t no mountain high enough.
After the coronavirus pandemic halted international travel, Juan Manuel Ballestero set sail on a three-month-long high seas journey to his see his 90-year-old father, proving not even a novel virus could keep him from his dad.
Ballestero set out to see his father after his home country of Argentina canceled all international passenger flights in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
According to The New York Times, Ballestero had been on the Portugal island of Porto Santo when Argentina canceled international passenger flights. Still determined to see his father, Ballestero decided to set out on an 85-day sailing voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. All on his own.
“I didn’t want to stay like a coward on an island where there were no cases,” Juan Manuel said in an interview with The New York Times. “I wanted to do everything possible to return home. The most important thing for me was to be with my family.”
Ballestero is a veteran sailor and fisherman who has been a lover of water since he was 3 years old.
Still his family expressed that they were nervous about his decision to go his journey alone.
“The uncertainty of not knowing where he was for 50-some days was very rough, but we had no doubt this was going to turn out well,” his father, Carlos Alberto Ballestero said in an interview with The New York Times.
He also documented the trip all while on Instagram.
Though Ballestero made the trip home safe and sound, he did run into a few issues along the way.
Ballestero said that on April 12 authorities in Cape Verde barred him from docking his sailboat so that he could replenish his food supply and refuel his boat. At the time, Ballestero was eating only canned tuna, fruit, and rice. Because of Cape Verde’s denial, he was forced to continue forward with less fuel and rely on winds. What’s more, towards the end of his trip, Ballestero hit choppy waters and was forced to add an additional 10 days to his trip while in Vitória, Brazil.
Despite the complications, Ballestero said he never considered giving up. “I wasn’t afraid, but I did have a lot of uncertainty,” he explained. “It was very strange to sail in the middle of a pandemic with humanity teetering around me… There was no going back.”
Ballestero arrived on June 17 in Mar del Plata.
“Entering my port where my father had his sailboat, where he taught me so many things and where I learned how to sail and where all this originated, gave me the taste of a mission accomplished,” he shared before revealing that he had to take a test for COVID-19 before he could see his family. Fortunately, after 72 hours of waiting for his results, he found out that he was COVID-19-free and able to enter Argentina.
Despite his long trip, Ballestero said that he’s eager to hit the waters again soon.
“What I lived is a dream. But I have a strong desire to keep on sailing.”