A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jenna Marbles is a YouTube comedy channel created by Jenna Mourey. Jenna Marbles' comedy skits often include her dogs, her hamster, and her boyfriend, Julian. She labels her weekly posts "Sexual Wednesday," although she often posts on Thursday, and most of her videos aren't about sex. In some videos, she reviews apps (Reviewing Bad Apps), in others, she pokes fun at female stereotypes (What Girls Do in the Car). Many of her videos show her playing with her pets (Making Tiny Things for our Hamster). Mourey uses a lot of profanity (mostly "s--t," "f--k," and related phrases), and she has intentionally filmed some videos while drinking to get drunk.
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What's the story?
Watch a few episodes of JENNA MARBLES and you'll see the most random stuff: Jenna building a car for her hamster, throwing a pool party for her dogs, showing you how to put on makeup while drunk, reviewing bad apps with her boyfriend. There's a lot of profanity, some slapstick comedy, some sweet moments about her pets, and a lot of self-deprecating humor on this quirky YouTube channel.
Is it any good?
There's a lot of funny stuff in these comedic adventures showcasing the creative life of a young American woman -- at times, Jenna Marbles almost feels like a modern-day, profanity-laced version of I Love Lucy. Other times, however, it seems like Mourey pulls out every old stereotype of the clueless college girl to land a joke. She's not always the greatest role model, doing things like getting drunk on purpose for some videos. Still, she's very popular with many teens and college-age girls because she taps into a culture that celebrates the fact that girls can be rip-roaring funny in ways that are real -- and not at all cute or within the bounds of what's "appropriate." For this, Jenna Marbles stands out in the crowded male YouTube field.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Jenna plays a character as opposed to appearing as her real self. What's the difference? Would she be as funny or able to do the same things if she weren't in character?
Ask your teens what they think about some of the negative comments Jenna Marbles receives from viewers. When does speech turn from an opinion to hate speech? Why do people leave comments?
Talk about Jenna Marbles' use of profanity. Throughout the history of comedy, swearing has been used by many comedians to spice up their act. Does your teen think it has that effect? Do you? Discuss why or why not.
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