Whacked Out Videos

 
Video show has dangerous stunts, ignorant quips.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of irresponsible behavior and dangerous stunts. Teens and adults are seen taking risks without using protective gear. Cultural and/or religious rituals from other countries are presented by the narrator as being ridiculous, and some of the commentary includes ignorant and even racist epithets.

Violence

Punching and hitting, sometimes using sticks, whips, and other objects. Cars crash; one video features a kid driving a car into a house (though no one was hurt), while another shows a man being swung by a crane into portable toilets.

Sex

Women are occasionally seen wearing bikinis or other revealing clothing.

Language

Audible language includes words like "hell" stronger terms (like "s--t") are bleeped. Grunts of pain are often heard from the injured. Words like "moron" and "stupid" are also used.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Visible beer consumption. Some of the people in the videos seem drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this compilation of real-life videos features extremely dangerous stunts that shouldn't be performed at home -- from setting off fireworks irresponsibly to motorbike bungee jumping. People get hurt and cry out in pain, though injuries aren't shown. Curse words like "s--t" are bleeped out, and there are some images of women in revealing outfits. Some of the commentary -- particularly that referencing people and customs from other cultures -- comes off sounding ignorant and even racist.

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What's the story?

WHACKED OUT VIDEOS is a "reality" series that features both amateur and professional video footage of unique, silly, and frequently dangerous stunts performed by people around the world. Like its sister series Whacked Out Sports, each episode combines reality and comedy by pairing "funny" commentary with footage of the feats being performed.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While most of the show is dedicated to showcasing dumb and dangerous tricks, some of the footage is actually of religious and social practices performed by cultures from other parts of the world. Unfortunately, the narrator's comments about these activities include some uninformed observations about the rituals. Worse, in the name of humor, they sometimes offer inherently racist comments about those who practice them. For example, in one segment, Columbian men are referred to as "Juan Valdez wannabes" and Columbian women were said to be competing for "the town's stretch pants."

Regardless of why the stunts are being performed, the fact is that the majority of these exploits pose a real danger to those who try them. Because they're being presented as a form of entertainment, it may be difficult for younger (or less-mature) viewers to appreciate the real risks associated with them. In other words, this one's not for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why people do these dangerous stunts. What's the appeal (if any) of trying things that could hurt or kill you? Does the media perpetuate this behavior by treating videos of these activities as entertainment? When is risk-taking a good idea, and when should you play it safe? Families can also discuss why some cultures perform rituals that cause pain or injury. What is the significance of these activities?

TV details

Cast:Leroy Patterson, Tom Gottlieb, Trizz
Network:MyNetworkTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Kid, 10 years old December 23, 2010
age 11+
 

12 and older looks okay

moderate language , dangerous stunts, use of acohole sexaul refrences
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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