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Meet The Guy Who Side-Eyed Taylor Swift At The AMAs

Oh hey, Side-Eye Guy.

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At this year's American Music Awards, Selena Gomez gave an emotional performance of her new song, "The Heart Wants What It Wants," and it broke everyone's heart.

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Including her best friend, Taylor Swift.

The rest of the world was black and white, but we were in screaming color. @selenagomez

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The rest of the world was black and white, but we were in screaming color.

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Swift was so moved by the performance, she cried. But that wasn't what most people were focused on in this emotional moment from the awards ceremony.

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Most people were more focused on Side-Eye Guy.

But it turns out Side-Eye Guy, whose real name is Dakota Gerard, wasn't trying to be sassy at all.

Gerard is a senior at Ohio University, majoring in video production. Gerard told The Athens News that "the [Ohio University] students were present as seat-fillers at the AMAs as a part of a Semester in Los Angeles program" and he just got lucky with his seat.
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Gerard is a senior at Ohio University, majoring in video production. Gerard told The Athens News that "the [Ohio University] students were present as seat-fillers at the AMAs as a part of a Semester in Los Angeles program" and he just got lucky with his seat.

Gerard told The Athens News that his “shifty eyes” were a result of seeing himself on one of the monitors, and realizing he “needed to look elsewhere.” He meant “no disrespect to either of the beautiful, talented musicians (Swift or Gomez).”

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When reporters asked what his message to Swift would be, he replied, “Hey Taylor, I’m sorry for the accidental side-eye that came between us, can we still be friends?”

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