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Underlying themes include the value of teamwork and accepting people of all backgrounds, races, and sexual identities.
Positive Role Models
Cast members speak about overcoming bullying, abuse, isolation, homelessness. They are generally supportive and accepting of each other, despite their different backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual identities. They often try to resolve their conflicts in constructive ways, talk about importance of having close friendships.
Majority of cast is White; two people of color are featured. A primary cast member is trans, another is gay.
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Violence & Scariness
Cast members sometimes argue and play pranks on each other. Roughhousing sometimes turns to hitting. Talk of feeling mad and wanting to hit or fight people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Relationships are a primary plot point. Hand-holding and light kissing is shown. One cast member regularly wears hypersexualized clothing. Lingerie is worn; upper butt cheeks are shown. Another cast member primarily posts videos with his shirt off that are meant to be sexy. A sex doll appears in one scene but the cast members don't talk about what it is.
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Profanity occurs often. "F--k," "s--t," and "motherf----r" are bleeped out. Words that aren't bleeped out include "ass," "bitch," "hooker," "stripper," "d--k," and "whore."
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Products & Purchases
Having a lot of money is glorified. Cast members live in a multimillion-dollar house. Rolls-Royce and Mercedes G-Wagon mentioned by name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hype House is a reality show depicting the behind-the-scenes lives of TikTok stars who live together in an over-the-top luxury home paid for by the online content they create. Being on screens all day and posting near constant social media content is glorified, but the stress of living life mainly to achieve likes on social media is also depicted. Accepting people of all backgrounds, races, and sexual identities is a core value of the house, which is made up of many people who felt they didn't fit in growing up. Cast members speak about issues including cancel culture, being bullied, abuse, homelessness, mental illness, and suicidal ideation. Consumerism is rampant, and emphasis is placed on needing to look good on camera. Relationships are discussed and shown with hand-holding, light kissing, and talk of getting engaged. Cast members sometimes argue and play pranks on each other. Roughhousing sometimes turns to hitting, but violence is minimal. Upper butt cheeks are shown. Another cast member primarily posts videos with his shirt off that are meant to be sexy. Profanity is common; "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped out.
Is It Any Good?
The behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to become -- and remain -- a TikTok star will be enlightening to some, but it fails to delve deep enough into the constant mental and physical demands put on its stars. For every discussion of the stress, exhaustion, and even loneliness of the influencers featured in Hype House, there's a flashy scene highlighting their luxury toys and multimillion-dollar homes. Cast members' struggles with divvying up household chores and deciding who to invite to their house parties are spliced with such serious issues as depression, suicidal ideation, and the house being accused of whitewashing their only Black member. The result is a muddied tale without much depth, giving the viewer the general impression that none of the cast members are very happy, despite their fame and riches. Yet, no one is really willing to take a deeper look into their own lives or to walk away. Parents may find the series a useful starting point for discussing the pitfalls of online stardom with teens, but the show won't fully teach that lesson on its own.
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