A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that PewDiePie is a YouTube channel whose host (known also as PewDiePie) is known for his relentless cursing, raunchy subject matter, and gaming vlogs. The show's content is difficult to predict, as much of it is either stream-of-consciousness reflection on a certain topic or comedy shorts with a similar lack of direction. There are references to sexual subjects (including slang like "giving head"); racial, ethnic, and homophobic jokes; and much strong language that's entirely unfiltered. PewDiePie has amassed a sizable following online despite his edgy content, but he's also stirred up controversy with videos that take jabs at topics like the Holocaust, for instance.
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What's the story?
PEWDIEPIE is a YouTube channel whose eponymous host (Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie) plays and commentates on video games, shares and talks about other people's videos, and stars in comedy shorts of his own creation. There are jokes, stream-of-consciousness observations, comical stunts, and random assortments of content.
Is it any good?
These unscripted and unpredictable videos have found a niche audience online, but the host's unchecked profanity and otherwise crude content isn't appropriate for most teens. PewDiePie's quirky persona and ease in front of a camera makes the show a seamless watch, even given its chaotic subject matter, and that accounts for his massive success with fans.
Even so, PewDiePie is a controversial figure who pushes the limits with the content of his show, which has landed him in some hot water related to an anti-Semitic prank. Many teens will find his expletive-laden game walkthroughs funny and edgy, but there's not a lot behind the often sophomoric ranting. Ultimately, he represents the question that continues to plague entertainment's evolution: Where lies the line between creative expression and inappropriate content?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the purpose of shows like this one. Does PewDiePie intend to entertain with content or to draw an audience with its edginess? What's the distinction between these two intentions? Where does PewDiePie fall on this scale?
Whose responsibility is it to protect viewers from inappropriate content on TV, in the movies, and online? On the other hand, what are the inherent dangers of unchecked censorship?
Teens: Who are some of your favorite YouTube personalities? Do you learn anything from the online shows you watch? How has the internet improved our access to information? On the other hand, how can we be sure that the information we're getting is reliable?
PewDiePie made headlines for a video where he made racist and anti-Semitic remarks. Does being "edgy" come at a cost? Do you think it's important to show empathy, even when playing games and having fun? Why or why not? Why do YouTube celebs go to such extremes to gain attention?
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