Trigger Warning with Killer Mike

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Provocative social justice docu has nudity, pot, profanity.

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Positive Messages

Trigger Warning looks at complex social issues and offers unconventional advice on how to improve them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Host Killer Mike can be complicated and sometimes offputting in his views (and he's upfront about it). Otherwise, the show is dedicated to breaking stereotypes of Black people and Black communities, and it makes efforts to include the LGBTQIA community -- and other marginalized communities -- in its scope.  


Violence and gun ownership in particular are subjects of socio-political discussion.


Sex makes frequent appearances on Trigger Warning. Female nudity is shown in many episodes. Mike frequents a strip club in one episode and shoots (educational!) pornography in another.


Profanity is used frequently: the "F" word, s--t, ass, etc. The word "nigga" is used frequently.


Episodes tackle the issue of consumerism from a socio-political angle. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Killer Mike is an avid user of marijuana. People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trigger Warning with Killer Mike is a documentary series that explores social issues within the Black community. Each episode focuses on one issue, as Mike performs social experiments to attempt educate himself or others and find simple solutions to complex problems. Mike himself can be polemic in his views (in one episode he tells a group of preschoolers that they owe it to their parents not to have big dreams), but the way he approaches problems is usually thoughtful, even if some of the solutions are unorthodox (or even problematic). Drug use is a frequent topic, and Mike is shown smoking marijuana. Profanity is constant and violence is discussed, particularly the idea of gun ownership. Sex is a frequent topic as well: strip clubs, web cams, and pornography all make appearances. Female nudity and simulated sex are shown.

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What's the story?

In TRIGGER WARNING WITH KILLER MIKE, host Killer Mike, an Atlanta-based activist and rapper, conducts social experiments around issues that affect the Black community, including education, economy, gangs, drugs, and religion. Each episode features a provacative, controversial idea intended to reshape viewers' perceptions and encourage unconventional new ways of thinking about societal norms.

Is it any good?

Exploring complex social issues in the Black community is vital work, and Killer Mike, who is staunch in his own sometimes controversial beliefs while still curious and accepting of others, is a perfect figure to do it. When Trigger Warning keeps things simple, as in the inaugural episode when Mike attempts to live purely off Black products and labor for three days, it can be transcendent and revelatory. Other times, like when Mike tries to use pornography to teach adults trade skills like plumbing, it can feel more like a Nathan for You-style parody. The quality varies widely from episode to episode. Then again, it makes sense that a show dealing with complex issues would be inconsistent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about social issues. What is Killer Mike investigating on this episode of Trigger Warning? How does that impact the Black community differently than other communities? How does Mike try to go about investigating this issue? Is he effective? Why or why not?

  • What are some things you learned from Trigger Warning with Killer Mike? Did anything change your mind or expand your understanding of a particular issue? How? Did you agree with Killer Mike's opinions? Why or why not?

  • Did you meet anyone in this episode that intrigued you? Someone with a point of view or a vocation that you hadn't considered before? What was appealing to you about that person or job? Does that job help the greater community? How? Are there ways to engage with your community that you hadn't considered before?

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