Walk the Prank

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Hybrid comedy is funny, but at prank victims' expense.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 41 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 52 reviews

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age 9+

Encourages bullying

Barbara Coloroso defines bullying as getting pleasure from another's pain. The pranking in this show does exactly that, and attempts to normalize it through the high-level production standards and endorsement of being on Disney+. Those experiencing the pranking get (sadly correctly) referred to as “targets,” and although a few seem to be laughed “with,” most are being laughed “at” (and many can't exactly hide that they've been left shaken, confused, fearful, angry, etc.) and we as viewers are being led to assume that mindset of “enjoying” another's difficulties. Pranking and all kinds of bullying can and do become gateways to hate crimes and even genocide when a whole culture adopts a bullying mindset and dehumanizes its targets. “Walk the Prank” demonstrates the extent to which we are all vulnerable to closing our hearts to others and justifying it as a joke, as playful, as nothing. This mindset has worked its way deeply enough into our cultural fabric to be seen as entertaining and “mainstream” enough for Disney. It's time to take a step back, listen to that song “Don't Laugh at Me” and ask if shows like this and pranking generally really serve our deepest values and aspirations for ourselves, our children, and all we meet and think of. Thank you CSM for this forum to share in a discussion of this kind!
age 12+

Warning!

Disney Walk The Prank is not ok for 7 year olds. Please watch the one about the snake in the kids stomic. My child has been crying about it for over a week. I looked it up to see what he/she saw. I found this to be disturbing at best. It’s like a horror show for younger people. I no longer trust Disney for my 7 year old. I will preview everything and use parent controls. Protect your child from Disney.

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