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How A Gay Porn Star And Rapper Became Vine Famous And Then Liveblogged His Arrest On Facebook

The story of Bryan Silva, aka the #gratata guy.

Posted on January 8, 2016, at 12:19 p.m. ET

Listen to the Internet Explorer podcast for the story of Vine star Bryan Silva, who was arrested this week.

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This is the mugshot of Bryan Silva, taken on Jan. 3 after an hours-long standoff with police at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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In 2014, Bryan Silva became known as a Vine star after gaining popularity for his cringe-y, shirtless bathroom rapping.

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This video is the one that really caught on and made him known – mostly because of the way he says "gratata" to imitate a gun at the end.

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Here's someone re-creating the Vine.

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This grandma did, too:

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And this "Hakuna Matata/#gratata" mashup:

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In addition to his amateur rapping and amateur bodybuilding, Silva has also previously done gay porn (pre–chest tattoo). He's 26 now.

On Sunday morning, Silva's 17-year-old girlfriend called police saying he had threatened her with a gun. She had escaped to a neighbor's home. Police showed up heavily armed with a warrant for his arrest, and he barricaded himself inside.

Inside his house, Silva filmed the cops outside. (Warning: Lots of strong language.) He also posted another video of himself drinking vodka and dancing.

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He also posted a screenshot of messages with friends while inside the house, saying, "She betrayed me."

According to Charlottesville's NBC 29, police flushed him out with a chemical irritant. He ended up emerging from the house with his pants half down.

Here he is being walked away in handcuffs.

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NBC 29 interviewed Silva in jail, where he said it was a misunderstanding and repeated "free me" over and over. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for February.

"Free me."

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