Last week a new YouTubers React video was released, this time featuring the video “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared”. YouTubers React is a video series in which various well known YouTubers watch a popular video circling YouTube while their reactions are filmed. They are asked a handful of questions after viewing the featured video to get a look at their thoughts on the video shown.
“Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared” is an extremely odd video to say the least. It was created by a production company known as This Is It and the video has been shown at festivals worldwide including SXSW, Sundance, and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
With this information in mind tell me why a majority of the YouTubers thought “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” was made to simply get a reaction out of people? Something tells me meaningless reaction videos don’t get into Sundance.
It seems like YouTubers spend so much time with YouTube that they’re wrapped up in it. Not every video is made specifically FOR YouTube. Conan O’Brian has a channel and his videos are made for television. Movie trailers get uploaded and they are not produced just for the sake of the YouTube audience. The YouTubers missed the message of “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” because they were thinking with the context of YouTube.
I don’t agree with the YouTubers when they claim the video has no meaning. “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” emphasizes adults unfaltering trust in children’s television. If we see a show with singing and puppets we assume it’s OK for kids. I can’t tell you how many times and animated show has be given a lighter rating despite it’s adult content.
How often to parents actually watch the shows their kids are watching? Not often, I can only assume. We don’t know what the makers of the shows are slipping into these shows. The best example I could give is Sponge Bob Square Pants. You may not have picked up on some of the odd references at first but they were always there. How many times has he jumped in the bathtub with Squidward? Sponge Bob is a relentless stalker and it’s quite creepy. “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” seems to be more of a call for parents to pay more attention to what their kids are being exposed to through television shows targeted at kids rather than a meaningless video made to see how many hits it could get.
We don’t know what TV shows are teaching kids. If your child or younger sibling was watching “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” would you have noticed it wasn’t appropriate for them? At a glance, would you have noticed the puppets slicing the cake made out of a human heart. It makes you question what children are being exposed to through TV shows allegedly made for their age group.
To watch the full “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” video click HERE.