What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this video clip series showcases amateur Internet videos of people participating in dangerous stunts that can result in painful and potentially fatal injuries. There are also strong sexual references ("humping", etc.), some stereotypical commentary ("redneck"), lots of bleeped profanity, and images of people smoking cigarettes and drinking beer. Viewers of all ages should be reminded that the stunts featured here should never be tried at home.
What's the story?
RIDICULOUSNESS features amateur online video clips of people attempting dangerous stunts -- and crashing and burning when things go wrong. Hosted by pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, the show organizes viral videos of people skateboarding into trees, throwing themselves from rooftops, and lighting themselves on fire into categories like "Redneck Good Times," "Everybody Humps," and "Nut Flix" to give them some context. As they're played back for viewers, Dyrdek -- along with his Fantasy Factory receptionist/rapper Chanel "West Coast" and Songbook Entertainment A&R Director Sterling "Steelo" Brim -- offer their thoughts about what they're seeing. Guest hosts -- including Johnny Knoxville and Travis Pastrana -- and some of the people featured in the videos also join the fray.
Is it any good?
The series mixes popular Internet videos of silly, irresponsible, and dangerous behavior with footage of accidents at BMX races and other events; the goal is to create a lighthearted viewing experience. But replays of some of these scenes often include people cursing and screaming out in pain (ha ha?). And scenes containing more sexually explicit material are accompanied by the hosts' stereotypical jokes and crude comments.
Warnings about the dangers of attempting the featured stunts featured are overshadowed by the fact that most of what's being shown is popular because people seemingly can't get enough of watching outrageous stunts that lead to painful accidents. Some folks may find it entertaining, but the mixed messages the show offers about the consequences of these activities makes it socially irresponsible.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what makes video clip shows popular. Do you think it's responsible for a TV series to show people engaged in dangerous activities for a laugh? Or should we just shrug it off as entertainment?
Whose responsibility is it to make sure that viewers know that these kinds of activities can cause serious injuries?
Is it ever OK to use stereotypes to define a person or group, even if they're intended to be funny? Why? How does the media contribute to and/or discourage the use of stereotypes?
Why do you think people post videos like this online in the first place?