Chasing Cameron

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Internet star's self-serving reality show has iffy messages.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

A mixed bag. On one hand, the show centers on a self-made star who's living a life many can only dream of, with worldwide travels and recognition wherever he goes. On the other, it's yet another platform for Cameron's self-promotion, which is the sole foundation of his fame. There are some emotional moments when Cameron or one of his peers opens up about something close to his heart, and the guys do seem to genuinely appreciate the affection of their fans, but the fact that they're famous not for producing a marketable product or service makes you wonder what their fan base values.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cameron seems authentic in his love for his family and his appreciation for his position in life, and he recognizes fans' integral role in it, but he's a 20-something man whose claims to fame are internet videos of pranks, jokes, personal insights, and modeling stills. He recognized potential in social media and profited from it and enjoys continued success now, but whether that makes him a role model is debatable.

Violence
Sex

Tween and teen girls are infatuated with Cameron and the other internet personalities featured in this show. At fan events, they scream and wave for attention, hoping for a hug and perhaps a kiss.

Language

Rarely "damn," "bitch," and "piss."

Consumerism

Many brand names are visible, including Apple, Calvin Klein, Converse, and Vans. Also constant references to social media such as Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chasing Cameron is an unscripted series centering on internet star Cameron Dallas and a handful of his peers as they embark on a worldwide meet-and-greet tour with fans. There's little point to the show except to give the celebs more and longer screen time than they generally get online. In other words, it's a self-serving endeavor designed primarily to appeal to Cameron's existing fan base (young tween and teen girls, mostly) and secondarily to ingratiate himself to newcomers. Expect to hear some sporadic language ("damn" and "bitch," for instance) and to see lots of brand names on and around the guys (Apple, Calvin Klein, Converse, and so on). The other thing you'll see is hoards of screaming fans clamoring for a glance or handshake from these stars. If your kids aren't interested in this show, don't bother pushing it, but if they do want to watch, be sure to use the opportunity to talk to them about the role social media plays in their lives and relationships and to point out the dangers of confusing virtual reality with actual reality.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMarrisa G. June 4, 2017

Chasing cameron adult veiw

It os a well put together documantry. Dont mind the spelling mind forgets how to spell sometimes. It gives a inside look to what kids look at online and how ma... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJeyxhdkxubdjdid37937 January 6, 2017

Chasing Cameron

If your a teen who loves reality tv, or just Aaron Carpenter, Cameron Dallas or any MAGCON celebrity's, this show is for you. Being a teen I love this show... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTeenageReview April 5, 2017

It's cute, seems a little to scripted, Cameron Dallas can sound like a brat at times, swears a lot.

Of course this will be a hit with many girls, I mean even me, he's very cute! At some points it felt like the drama was way too scripted! They swear a lot!... Continue reading

What's the story?

CHASING CAMERON follows internet star Cameron Dallas as he works to energize his career with a worldwide fan tour alongside his friends Aaron Carpenter, Taylor Caniff, Willie Jones, Trey Schafer, and Blake Gray. This unscripted series gives fans more insight into the celebrities' personal lives and their public personas as the guys share time with their families, interact with fans, and deal with the business sides of their careers.

Is it any good?

Fans and followers will have this show on their must-see lists, but it's little more than a self-promotional tool for Cameron and his fellow internet personalities. These stars' claim to fame is their ability to market themselves via photos and videos to their legions of young, mostly female fans. It's not a substantive job with standards for success. Instead they measure their achievements by how quickly they can turn a post or a picture into millions of likes or an outing into a fan mob, sending questionable messages about self-worth, not to mention solid career aspirations. Yes, it does reflect the changing nature of our culture and social media's place in it, but discerning viewers are left wondering if this really is a good change.

One interesting theme that deserves some discussion if your kids do follow Chasing Cameron is the apparent correlation between Cameron's lack of a father figure and his seeming desperation for fans' approval, as well as similar scenarios among his fellow stars. This touches on broader issues concerning social media, namely its influence on the very nature of reality and its role in affecting self-esteem. If it can be used to make anyone a star, then what defines success? What happens when the next best thing comes along? Is there anything tangible about virtual relationships? These and other issues are just coming to light in our tweens' and teens' social media-saturated lives, and they warrant some thought, especially after watching this series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about when and how tweens and teens use social media. What are the positive aspects of sites such as Twitter and Snapchat? On the other hand, what role can they play in issues like bullying?

  • Is Cameron's lifestyle and status something to aspire to? Do you think he feels fulfilled with his career? Would you?

  • How important are role models in keeping you on track for a successful future? Who are some of your role models? What qualities do you admire in them?

TV details

For kids who love reality TV

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