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Fred Figglehorn

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Love him or hate him, Fred is irreverent but mostly tame.
Popular with kids

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Growing up is hard, especially if you're a goofy social outcast like Fred. He might have anger management issues, but teens can admire Fred for learning from his mistakes and staying positive. Fred ends each episode by flashing a peace sign and intoning, "Peace out, home dog."

Still, Fred's antics, behavior, and stories are outrageous and the message teens probably take away from these videos is that anyone with a little moxie (and a webcam) can be famous. 

Violence

Fred bangs a stuffed bunny against a wall pretending it's a girl he dislikes. He threatens to "beat the crap" out of another classmate, and gets in trouble at school for drawing a picture of "a man hurting a little kid."

Sex

Fred thinks his drama teacher is "smokin'".

Language

Instead of swear words Fred exclaims, "That's hackin' cool" or "Oh my garnet." The worst it gets is hating Grandma for saying his mom is back in rehab and calling other kids fat.

Consumerism

The site's storefront sells Fred Figglehorn t-shirts, hats, buttons and stickers. If kids click on the MySpace or YouTube links, they'll see a few Google text links and a dating site ad as well.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Fred has an alcoholic mother who might be a prostitute and who leaves him home alone on Thanksgiving.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is enough iffy behavior on this Web site that they should preview it before they let their kids watch. The site features the YouTube antics of a 16-year-old boy impersonating a loud, hyperactive six-year-old, "Fred." A viral sensation among teens, the parodies poke fun at every type of childhood trauma from school crushes to absentee parents, all through the eyes of a kid with a chipmunk voice and a seriously dysfunctional family. But the language is clean and some "fredisodes" teach life lessons, such as it doesn't pay to cheat in elections.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Channeling his idol Jim Carrey, teen YouTube phenom Lucas Cruikshank has created a character capable of annoying the bejesus out of adults while entertaining kids. As Fred Figglehorn, a boastful, insecure six-year-old who deals with neglectful parents and bed wetting by talking incessantly and screaming, Cruikshank is by turns painful to watch and hilarious. He addresses poignant, universal themes like fitting in at school, then takes it over the top by giving whitebread Fred a death-row dad and hooker mom.

The Fred Figglehorn Web site showcases the best of the 30 videos Cruikshank has made so far in a clever interface where the links are wadded up pieces of paper. You can see the rest of the videos on YouTube. Cruikshank is getting rich off endorsements and now possibly a TV deal.

Online interaction: There's no way to interact with other viewers of the Figglehorn videos unless you visit the YouTube link where uncensored comments can be left, and these can contain harsh language from people who are not fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Young teens can yearn for their fifteen minutes of fame, whether it's on the stage, in their living room, or on YouTube. You can help by encouraging kids in their creative pursuits, and making sure they channel that energy positively. Fred's subject matter can get a little wild and you wouldn't want your kids to try and outdo him.

  • Fred is a YouTube sensation. How did YouTube become such a pop-culture phenomenon? Learn more.

  • Fred's teen creator hopes his YouTube videos are a ticket to movie stardom. Lots of people have gotten noticed through YouTube -- or just use it as an outlet for their creativity. Learn how to upload a video to YouTube.

Website details

Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 17 years old Written byhamstergurl09 August 5, 2011

HOW DID THIS BECOME POPULAR?!?!?!

What's frustrating to people like me, who are in a comedy troupe and have to put a lot of effort into coming up with funny skits, is when we see that people like Fred, who put very little effort into their "comedy" (and I use the term "comedy" loosely when speaking about Fred), become so popular. All Fred even does is speed up his voice and behave like an insane 3 year old. It's not funny at all and it never was. How it became so popular, I have absolutely no clue. There are hundreds, no, THOUSANDS, of online comedians who are a million times better than Fred. Don't watch Fred, his videos suck.
Parent Written byCSM Screen Name... July 5, 2010

NO!!!!!*** YOU!!!!

I think these middle easterns and asians are going to ban fred figglehorn for being a girl!
Adult Written bycubdad September 12, 2009

May encourage dangerous use of an inhalant

Fred's chipmunk voice, and the fact that he speaks only one sentence in a single breath for each cut in the video, makes me think that he is working with a large tank of helium. This is a dangerous situation that could lead to oxygen deprivation, brain injury, or death. If Fred is indeed using helium, he is taking a serious risk. Kids should be aware of the dangers of using any sort of inhalant.
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