Instagram is being flooded with hundreds of comments with one phrase: “nah he tweaking”. The phrase has appeared in several accounts on the social media app and apparently this is Tony Hawk's fault. Or something like that. Let us explain. 

If you are unfamiliar with this expression, according to Urban Dictionary “tweaking” means “the act of not making sense or saying stupid sh*t." It’s an expression very popular among Gen Z and young people, and it’s very used on the Internet. 

However, it seemed like for no apparent reason, a lot of people started commenting “nah he tweakin” on the principal Instagram pages. But, like other viral trends of the Internet, this one started with a very influential person: the rapper Lil Nas X. Here, check out why Tony Hawk has something to do with this and what all of this is about. 

Lil Nas X vs Tony Hawk and the origin of the “nah he tweaking” trend 

In March, 22 year-old black gay rapper Lil Nas X (Old Town Road, anyone?) sparked controversy after creating a pair of unofficial Nike shoes called “Satan” to promote his single MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name). The black and red sneakers were a part of a collaboration between Lil Nas X and New York-based art collective MSCHF, and were made using Nike Air Max 97s. 

They featured a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross and a drop of real human blood. The shoes were criticized by several high-profile political and religious figures, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and the evangelical pastor Mark Burns. 
Everything settled down after a few months, but the controversy sparked again on Wednesday when Lil Nas X called out a “double standard” in a tweet as this week Tony Hawk, who is white and straight, released his limited-edition skateboard painted with his blood and sold out in minutes with almost no criticism. See tweet below: 

After this tweet, Instagram’s page @rap by RAPTV made a post about the controversy and asked if Lil Nas X was “speaking facts or nah?” and the rapper himself commented “nah he tweakin”. The comment was liked almost 20,000 times and started all this madness.