For today’s lesson in cultural literacy, we unpack “Backpack Kid,” the skinny 15-year-old shown for 50 seconds with Katy Perry on “Saturday Night Live.”
In real life, the unsmiling “Swish Swish” dancer is Russell Horning of Lawrenceville, Georgia. His Instagram following has skyrocketed in the past 48 hours way past 500,000.
“Backpack Kid, as the people of Twitter dubbed him, stepped onto the runway and mesmerized the world with his backpack and the way he moved,” said HuffPost.
“People were delighted. They were in awe. They were confused. They had questions. They knew he had stolen the show.”
“I have no idea. It just started taking off so I kept it going,” Horning told BET’s Jazmine A. Ortiz in December, adding, “I think people love the videos so much because they’re original. Yeah, there are other dance videos, but mine are funny. There’s nothing else like it.”
Other disciples of Backpack Kid:
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 21, 2017
— Dema Hanna (@DemaHanna) May 21, 2017
— Mike Scholtz (@MikeScholtz) May 21, 2017
— Movie TV Tech Geeks (@movietvtechgeek) May 21, 2017
that backpack kid is gonna be famous #SNLFinale
— SNL Fans (@snltrivia) May 21, 2017
Backpack Kid will lead us to the promised land.
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) May 21, 2017
1. Backpack ✔️
2. Grey t-shirt ✔️
3. Awkward dance moves ✔️
If Backpack Kid can do it, I can be a dancer too pic.twitter.com/1qgdPaR6GH
— Andrea Feczko (@AndreaFeczko) May 21, 2017
Long live Backpack Kid. https://t.co/DfElCh1ueF
— Stephen Shaffer (@stephen_shaffer) May 21, 2017