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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.
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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?