Lilly Singh

TV review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Talented, funny character actor sometimes too racy for kids.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

While she often portrays her mom and dad as crazy strict parents, Lilly Singh also clearly has deep appreciation for her parents. She talks about her friends and her goals. She talks openly about her struggles with depression.

Positive Role Models

Lilly Singh speaks out against racist comments. She obviously works hard at the scripts and acting in her videos and has perfected many characters in her repertoire.

Violence
Sex

Talks about sex in many videos: "banging," "lightning in your pants," body parts, sexy students in high school, strange teachers as molesters.

Language

Often uses close-to-swearing words (like "f---ing," "motherf----r"). Less often swearing: "damn," "s--t," "hell." 

Consumerism

Talks about earning money if people watch the ads before her videos; sells "merch."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few videos include alcohol. No drug use or mentions observed during this review.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lilly Singh's YouTube channel is a comedy channel that often features skits in which Singh plays multiple characters. Singh, also known as Superwoman, does a lot of "type" videos, including Types of Teachers at School, Types of Annoying Girls, Types of Commercials. The channel also includes skits about growing up in Canada with parents of Indian descent, collaborations with other YouTube stars and celebrities, and a few videos about serious topics, such as racism and depression. Singh sometimes swears in videos and often references sex or uses sexual language in jokes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjeninferno January 25, 2019

Racist, Disturbing, and Contrived

YouTuber Lilly Singh combats racism with...even more racism! In addition, while her content is directed towards young teens and tweens, there is a skit on her c... Continue reading
Adult Written byD7HKING December 8, 2019

Bad

Bad for all ages, genders, and ethnicities
Teen, 13 years old Written byEternalFlameBaby October 19, 2019

Just why?

First of all, Lilly's old videos are fine, some may even be slightly funny. But would really want your kid watching a video of how her friends get her laid...
Teen, 14 years old Written byfae-woods February 7, 2020

Instagram Comedy at it's best... and that's still bad

Lilly Singh's comedy falls under three pillars

1- Twerking/Sex Jokes
2- Race Jokes
3- Pop-Culture References (that somehow always falls flat)

Kids under... Continue reading

What's the story?

When you watch LILLY SINGH's videos, you'll see her perform as many different characters. Singh plays her own mom and dad, boys, teachers, other girls, and more. Sometimes many characters in the same video are all Singh. In the video When Someone Insults Your Mother, Singh plays three different characters, all in a showdown over "Yo Mama" jokes. There's some swearing or near-swearing ("effing" and "hell" are favorites), and some videos contain a heavy dose of sexual innuendo or silly comments about raging hormones, genitalia, and "banging."

Is it any good?

Irreverent, creative, and hilarious, Lilly Singh's YouTube channel is sure to get teens laughing. A few of Singh's videos touch on serious topics -- like those about depression and racism -- but most of her skits are just silly fun with the dynamic and talented Singh at the center of attention, no matter what character she's playing. Singh swears (or half-swears) and uses a lot of sexual innuendo and jokes about sex. Some jokes are pretty edgy, which makes this very funny channel only appropriate for older teens -- and definitely not tweens. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Lilly Singh portrays her mother and her father in videos about her childhood and young adult years living with them. Is she playing into stereotypes about Indian immigrants, telling her life experience as it was, or a bit of both? Can you relate to Singh's experience of differences in expectations, interests, and social norms?

  • In Singh's video Draw My Life, she talks frankly about her battle with depression and how she overcame it. If your teen struggles with depression or knows someone who is, this may be a helpful video to watch together. Why can it be helpful to hear other people's stories? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: December 9, 2012
  • Cast: Lilly Singh
  • Network: YouTube Channel
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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