There is no denying that Jason Derulo is to be congratulated, feted, honored, and celebrated for the many contributions he’s made to the culture. For starters, Jason holds the world record for The Most Times Somebody Has Shouted, “Jason Derulo!” Tangentially related, he also holds the world record for Most Likely To Throw Fists When Somebody Has Shouted “Usher!” And let’s not forget that Jason has single-handedly, or, more accurately, two left-footedly, kept the Met Gala relevant all these many years with his annual tumble down the stairs. Even without a penis, Jason managed to make Cats the most erotic film ever to receive a PG-13 rating. But what is perhaps Jason’s most significant contribution to the culture has heretofore gone unsung. However, according to Jason, he is to be singularly credited for saving TikTok from being relegated to a mere “dance app,” and transforming it into “the app that it is today” by “posting things that was more fun.” Remember when the kids stopped flossing and started licking toilet seats instead? Yep, that was made possible by the one and only —
Usher JASON DERULO! Bow down.
Jason, who has more followers on Tiktok than Usher but about half as many as Addison Rae, kept it humble, as always, while speaking about his sneaker shopping preferences on a show called Shopping for Sneakers. But when the subject of TikTok came up, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to remind us exactly who he is (hint: He’s definitely NOT Usher. He’s Jason. Jason DERULO!). According to Uproxx:
Derulo discusses how it started off as a dancing app, and it wasn’t until he “started to introduce other things” that it changed. He explained that he noticed young people were using the app, and he wanted to check it out, but he didn’t start until the pandemic when he had time on his hands. He currently boasts 56.8 million TikTok followers.
“I had fun with it, honestly. It was a dance app at first. It being a dance app, I felt like, I don’t know if this is gonna work. Everybody doesn’t like to dance,” he said. “So I was like, ‘Let me start posting other shit.’ I tried to post a photo, that didn’t work. People was like, ‘What the fuck is this?’ Then I started to post random story-like videos. That didn’t work.”
He continued, “What worked was when I was posting things that was more fun. Things that showed another side of me, you know what I’m saying? I was like, ‘Okay, this is a moment where I can be a leader and do something that’s totally different on the app.’ I think it changed the app forever because TikTok used to be just a dance app, and it wasn’t until I started to introduce other things that it became the app that it is today. And to this day, TikTok pays me…” He was about to share a dollar amount, but instead said, “Let me not say that.”
Now, Jason didn’t say if the checks he receives from TikTok include the memo line “For your indelible contributions to humanity” or “other shit,” but one thing is clear— “JASON DERULO! (is cake)” Here’s Jason (starting at 14:00) making his case for the title of World’s Most Innovative Penisless TikToker Who Is Also Cake.