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Although she often pokes fun at her Indian family and stereotypes about her culture, the undertone of these skits is her love and appreciation for her heritage and her family. Many of these skits show how to take your power back through the use of comedy. Mental health and wellness are also clear themes throughout. Encouragement of her viewers to be themselves and to break free of other's expectations and the boxes society puts us in. Skits feature important commentary on defying stereotypes, racism and misogyny, societal issues, and unreasonable beauty standards all through the lens of comedy, which makes it more relatable.
Positive Role Models
Lilly Singh is a successful comedian, who went against what her family expected of her and followed her dreams of becoming a comedian. She's a trailblazing woman of color in comedy and inspires others to follow their dreams. She promotes her non-profit she created, Unicorn Island Fund, which helps support women's rights, education and helping amplify women's voices. Lilly uses her success and platform not only to bring joy to people's live's by making them laugh, but also to create awareness and make change. She shares her story to help empower and uplift other women and inspire young girls. Lilly outwardly embraces her Indian culture and heritage.
Lilly is of Indian descent. She's worked hard to break into the comedy industry through her YouTube channel, which is more difficult for women and women of color since the industry has long been dominated by men. Lilly is committed to uplifting the voices of women and created a non-profit, Unicorn Island Fund, to help in this effort. Many of her guests include Black Indigenous People of Color as well as folks from the LGBTQ community. She often features other South Asian comedians in her skits.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talks about sex in many videos with references like "banging" and "lightning in your pants". Some crude jokes about body parts, sexy students in high school and creepy teachers hitting on them, reproductive systems and sex. There are several references to dating and relationships in her skits, but nothing graphic.
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Use of some swear works like "damn", "hell", "sucks butt", "slut". Lilly stops short of using more explicit four-letter words, but uses replacement terms such as "what the F" and "effin" instead.
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Products & Purchases
Videos are subject to ads that may not always be age appropriate. There's some product placement throughout videos, but it's usually subtle. She promotes her book, tv show and other projects including her non-profit. Sometimes makes references to purchasing her merchandise, but doesn't have a store on her channel.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few videos include characters drinking alcohol, sometimes to access. References to getting drunk and depictions of getting drunk (acting, not actually) as well as references to hangovers in some videos.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lilly Singh's YouTube channel is a comedy channel that features well-produced skits and parody videos. Lilly's videos use humor to poke fun at her Indian parents and family as well as make social commentary on stereotypes, racism, misogyny and unreasonable beauty standards. Many of her videos and shorts include collaborations with well-known celebrities like Zendaya, Russell Peters, Tia Mowry and many more. As a woman of color in the male-dominated industry of comedy, Lilly uses her platform to empower other women as well as to shine a light on the importance of mental health. This channel is probably most relatable, and definitely more suitable, for teens and adults. Some of the raunchy humor and references to drinking, dating and sex may go over teens' heads. Although these references as well as some of the swearing aren't overly graphic, parents should be aware that some videos use words like "slut", "damn", "effin", and ""what the F". Some skits depict drinking to access and having a hangover.
Is It Any Good?
Creative, witty and hilariously relatable, this channel is a breath of fresh air on a platform saturated with gaming videos and make-up tutorials. Lilly Singh sees the world and makes fun of it through her videos on her long-running YouTube channel that launched her into comedic fame. Much like the sketch comedy duo Key & Peele, Lilly's skits take aim at racism, stereotypes and misogyny, but through the lens and experience of a Desi woman, which makes her channel all the more unique and important. It's clear from her content that Lilly has used, and continues to use, comedy as a way to cope and process challenges and struggles in life. Her openness about her experience with depression and living up to the expectations of others may be relatable to teen fans and her ability to express herself through comedy offers inspiration to viewers looking for their own outlet of expression.
Like most comedians, Lilly sometimes uses edgy humor that includes sexual innuendos, jokes about sex and body parts, references to drinking, and light swearing (she strays away from harsher four-letter words). But Lilly is careful to never be too edgy as to alienate her teen fandom that spends a good amount of time on YouTube. For parents worried about more crude humor, there are videos that are more on the clean side, like music video parodies and silly skits with some of their favorite celebrities. This channel also offers content both teens and adults will love, opening the door to bond through talking about the videos they watch together.
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