Who is Nathan Freihofer? (Army Lieutenant Investigated Over ‘Vile’ TikTok Holocaust ‘Joke’) Biography, Wiki
Nathan Freihofer is a U.S. Army officer who is being investigated after he posted anti-Semitic TikTok mocking Holocaust victims.
Army officials are investigating an anti-Semitic social media post shared Friday by a second lieutenant based at Fort Stewart, Ga., who said he shared it as a joke.
Army officials said Monday that they had suspended 2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer from his duties and launched an investigation into a post on the controversial TikTok platform by the 23-year-old field artillery officer. In the short video, Freihofer said he would never become a “verified” user because of the content that he shares before telling his so-called joke, which was about the Holocaust and Jewish people.
The 23-year-old, assigned to Fort Stewart, Georgia, recently uploaded the clip for his roughly 3 million TikTok followers, the Military Times first reported.
Freihofer makes a “joke” in the now-deleted video about Jews and incarceration, before telling anyone who is offended to “get the f**ck out,” the outlet added.
Task and Purpose on August 31 shared the TikTok on Twitter, condemning the artillery officer and his conduct.
The tweet, which has since amassed over 1 million views, referenced Freihofer to the Army’s social media policy, writing: “May be contrary to Army’s ‘Think, Type, Post’ social media policy, but hey what do I know.”
2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer, a popular TikTok influencer with nearly 3 mil followers, posted a joke about the holocaust.
“If you get offended, get the fuck out because it’s a joke,” he says.
May be contrary to Army’s “Think, Type, Post” social media policy, but hey what do I know pic.twitter.com/TpkLr1xhPt
— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) August 31, 2020
Soliders must publish social media content with a “Think, Type, Post” policy that demonstrates “dignity and respect for self and others,” the outlet continued.
Others were quick to slam Freihofer on social media, calling him out for his racist semantics.
CNN’s Jake Tapper was among the disapproving, as well as The Auschwitz Museum.
Some of the responses are below:
I admit I don’t understand how anyone, let alone a US military officer, would think it amusing that Jews were mass exterminated during the Holocaust. https://t.co/r13tY0tBGl
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 31, 2020
He wrote: ‘For legal reasons this is a joke’
What about moral reasons & respect?
Would he look into the eyes of Survivors liberated by @USArmy and tell them this?
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) August 31, 2020
Lt. Nathan Freihofer’s ” joke” is not only offensive, it dishonors the memory of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against Nazi tyranny.
He should apologize now. https://t.co/0n2LnCxXv5
— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) August 31, 2020
According to online bio, the artillery officer was born in the United States on December 18, 1996.
A Sagittatirus, Freihofer has at least one brother and sister, the website continued.
Famous Birthdays also claimed the influencer studied biology at Northern Kentucky University.
Freihofer first went viral in October 2019 after he posted a skit involving his mom and a phone charger, . Now, the influencer has nearly a quarter-million on Instagram, had roughly 3 million followers on TikTik prior to his latest controversy.
His content typically features raw footage of himself lifting weights, running errands or telling jokes.
“He is best recognized for sharing fitness tips, cooking tutorials, and other workout related content,” Famous Birthdays writes. “He is also known for his comedy videos and reaction clips which he shares with his over 1 million fans.”
According to several posts on Freihofer’s Instagram dating back to BLANK, it appears the officers used to compete in track and field for his high school BLANK.
There are also several posts of him swimming in a pool that appear to be a race.
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Freihofer joined the Youtube platform on July 7 of this year, according to YouTube. Although he only has two videos, his account boasts roughly 45,000 subscribers with a total of more than 62,000 views.
His bio blurb indicates that he isn’t into editing and just wants to explore the platform for fun:
Sup Guys Im Nate! You probably know me from TikTok, but here we are. Gonna be doing mostly Day in the Life’s, Workout stuff of all sorts, and comedy/random bits like I did on TikTok. I HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO EDIT THINGS so youre gonna get very minimal effort videos. BUTTTT y’all liked that on TikTok so lets keep the trend going babyy
Freihofer responded to his own question with the word, “Ash.” He then goes on to say, “If you get offended, get the f**k out because it’s a joke.”
The officer is also being investigated for a hand gesture made during the video, The Washington Post reported, and whether he intended it as a Nazi salute.