Jacksepticeye

TV review by
Dana A., Common Sense Media
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Gaming humor includes dangerously mixed messages, cursing.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive messages

Mixed messages about humor, gender, and sex. Jacksepticeye presents himself as a likable, funny friend who's schtick is profanity-riddled humor about violent, gross, and sexually iffy video games.

Positive role models & representations

Jacksepticeye sometimes participates in charity events, such as dying his hair for charity, and he talks about that in related videos. He uses less (or no) profanity and expresses gratitude to viewers in some of his non-gaming videos where he talks directly to the camera. Still, his use of profanity, violent video games, sexual references, and gender stereotyping in the context of humor negates any positive role modeling.

Violence

Likable character jokes about graphic, bloody violence, gore, and killing in some of the video games reviewed. Depictions of gender-based bullying and violence.

Sex

Sexualized jokes. Profanity mixed with sexual terms: "She may be a bitch, but look at those legs," "slap some ass," "slap some t-tties, bro," "sack of t-ts," "like an OCD person's wet dream." Visual modeling of various kinds of sex by video game characters, with explicit commentary by Jacksepticeye.

Language

"F--k" (and many of its variations), "slap some ass," "slap some t-tties, bro," "bitch," "s--t," "sack of t-ts," "sweet mother of f---ing Jesus," "balls," "you blind sack of s--t," "poop," "damn," and more. 

Consumerism

Jacksepticeye has an official fan merchandise page where he sells plush toys, T-shirts, phone cases, and more. Some of his products can be seen in the background of some YouTube videos.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Mentions of drinking alcohol in some video games.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jacksepticeye is a YouTube channel created by Irish video game commentator and comedian Sean William McLoughlin. McLoughlin as his YouTube alter ego, Jacksepticeye, gives play-by-play commentary -- including lots of profanity, including "f--k" in various forms -- about video games. In some videos, McLoughlin talks directly into the camera about his life or other topics.

Jacksepticeye videos often contain crude humor and jokes about violence, gender, and sex (with McLoughlin laughing hysterically at his own humor) that may send mixed messages to teens about what's funny and what's offensive. Many of the video games reviewed are violent and not for kids, while some of his videos feature games popular with kids, such as Scrap Mechanic and No Man's Sky, which may make it seem like this YouTube channel is kid-friendly. It's not. Titles of Jacksepticeye videos include: "GIRLFRIEND REVENGE! Whack your ex," "Homework: Kill the janitor," "Become the Ultimate Douche. Douche bag workout," and "KILL THE TEACHER!"

User Reviews

Adult Written byjess c December 18, 2017

Can be vulgar, but genuine

Don’t let his language put you off; Sean is one of the most genuine and honest gaming YouTubers out there. He promotes positive attitude, hard work, and is loya... Continue reading
Adult Written byLiam S. November 23, 2017

A genuine and humble guy that wants to share the experience with his viewers!

Generally lots of swearing, some alcohol casually consumed in moderation, but overall a friendly and welcoming community and atmosphere. He really cares about t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byPizza8me December 9, 2017

Great guy!

He curses a lot. He says sexual stuff often. But he's a genuinely great guy. He has a very upbeat attitude and is always positive. He likes to yell and tal... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 6, 2018

Kind but a frequent curser

Jack is an energetic and kind guy. The only problem is that he swears a lot. It may not be an issue with most people, but if you sensitive to bad language, watc... Continue reading

What's the story?

JACKSEPTICEYE is a "Let's Play" or gameplay video game commentary YouTube channel created by comedian Sean William McLoughlin. Viewers watch and listen as McLoughlin (as Jacksepticeye) delivers play-by-play commentary while he plays video games that viewers also see on-screen. In some videos, McLoughlin talks directly into the camera about his life or other topics.

Is it any good?

The words "septic" and "eye" absolutely belong in this YouTube channel's name. There's some nasty, poisonous stuff kids will see (and hear) from Jacksepticeye. Sean McLoughlin as his alter ego Jacksepticeye presents himself as a likable, goofy friend who's schtick is profanity-riddled humor about gross, violent, and sexually iffy video games. Examples of McLoughlin's game commentary: "The object of the game is to s--t on people. If that doesn't make you laugh, nothing will." "She may be a bitch, but look at those legs."

McLoughlin laughs hysterically as his video game avatars or other characters in the game are stabbed, shot, impaled; as block-head characters simulate various forms of sex; as animals explode. Everything is funny to him, and nothing is off-limits. In one game that includes a domestic violence-based murder ("I put my wife inside a bag now, because that would really be taking out the trash," he jokes), McLoughlin appears to have a moment of conscience, telling viewers not to judge him too harshly or take him "out of context" for laughing at this game. "It's just a hilarious game," he explains. The mixed messages about humor, gender, sex, and violence on Jacksepticeye are too numerous to detail -- and too confusing for kids and teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about vetting YouTubers. Just because a person is friendly and funny on YouTube should not give him or her instant credibility. What clues can your kid look for to decide whether a YouTuber is someone you want to watch and perhaps even emulate, or whether he or she isn't worth your time or trust?

  • Discuss the amount of profanity Jacksepticeye uses. Ask your kid: Does profanity make comedy better? Why or why not?

  • Talk about Jacksepticeye's intended audience. Who do you think it is? Even though he sells plush toys of his "Septic-Eye-Sam" mascot and reviews some kid-friendly video games, do you think kids are the intended viewers? 

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