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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Trigger Warning looks at complex social issues and offers unconventional advice on how to improve them.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
Violence and gun ownership in particular are subjects of socio-political discussion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Profanity is used frequently: the "F" word, s--t, ass, etc. The word "nigga" is used frequently.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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