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August 8, 2011 8:30 PM   Subscribe

Benny and Rafi Fine are video producers filming how kids react to Rebecca Black, Charlie Sheen, Numa Numa Kid, Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat, and other viral videos.
posted by Apropos of Something (48 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Somebody needs to pay a whole lot less attention to that horrid brat in the green shirt that hates everything.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 8:40 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


...2 girls 1 cup?
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 8:40 PM on August 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


I was going to note how douchebaggy the green t-shirt kid is, but it was already the first response. I think these videos would be much more effective without him, because he just comes off as disingenuous, trying too hard.
posted by erstwhile at 8:42 PM on August 8, 2011


The actual kids' reactions are good, the horrible chalk-on-blackboard intertitles and music and whatnot, not so much.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 8:46 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Meta-Metafilter?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:47 PM on August 8, 2011


"Ma'am, your son William - yes, he was wearing his green shirt that day, very observant of you - is already doucheing at a 10th grade level. We believe he would be a good candidate for social promotion."
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 8:49 PM on August 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


FYI, William is the Mefite.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:51 PM on August 8, 2011 [11 favorites]


Me personally, I could do with a little less Lia.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:51 PM on August 8, 2011


Also, 7-year old Sammie looks so much like my little sister looked at that age. It's uncanny!

Can you tell I've been watching these obsessively for days? I have.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:52 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


A ten year-old is trying too hard? He's a fucking ten year-old. Yay for being catty about children I guess?
posted by basicchannel at 8:56 PM on August 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


Re Bin Laden: "He's a camper like on Black Ops."

That's gold.
posted by aerotive at 9:02 PM on August 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


So this is where we react to Benny and Rafi Fine's videos of kids reacting to Rebecca Black Charlie Sheen?
OK. I am against this.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:03 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


A ten year-old is trying too hard? He's a fucking ten year-old. Yay for being catty about children I guess?

Welcome to the internet. How do you like it?
posted by erstwhile at 9:03 PM on August 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Huh, that's weird. At least in the Keyboard Cat video, at least 90% of the time, they filmed boys in a blue room, and girls in a pink room.
posted by JHarris at 9:04 PM on August 8, 2011


That green shirted dude really needs to hook up with the hipster girl and complain about EVERYTHING.

It would be adorable, in other news, I have grated my ears off.
posted by Zemoth at 9:12 PM on August 8, 2011


I'm a big fan of these. I watched a ton one night. Morgan is pretty hilarious, too. William's great! They're all child actors, btw. Explains why they're so precocious.
posted by sweetkid at 9:14 PM on August 8, 2011


Metafilter: gets drunk half the time like Lindsey Lohan... pwn3ed!
posted by hincandenza at 9:15 PM on August 8, 2011


But that kid IS trying way too hard!

One thing I will say is that it is pretty clear that the children know what the producers want them to feel about things and are playing up that opinion.

Did he really say something about Gaddafi?!?
posted by telegraph at 9:21 PM on August 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Kids that young say "pwned"? Recent changes in the English language are not coming from where I would have predicted.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:27 PM on August 8, 2011


GO MORGAN!!
posted by phaedon at 9:28 PM on August 8, 2011


But that kid IS trying way too hard!

One thing I will say is that it is pretty clear that the children know what the producers want them to feel about things and are playing up that opinion.


I didn't know the kids were actors; it certainly explains a lot, especially in William's case. He is totally hamming it up. I love the little girl with the bangs -- mostly because she really acts like a child. Do you like that little flip that she did? Cute, not pretentious.
posted by erstwhile at 9:30 PM on August 8, 2011


One of my favorite Morgan moments is in the Rebecca Black "Friday" video. When the rapper comes in she goes, "Does his mom know he's doing that?"
posted by sweetkid at 9:40 PM on August 8, 2011


If someone just edited together all of the clips of the hilarious 6 year old girl, I'd be beyond happy. She is amazing.
posted by Chipmazing at 9:51 PM on August 8, 2011


They have some Morgan extra reels, as they do for other characters. And that's the last I'll say about Morgan, because now I'm feeling creepy.
posted by sweetkid at 9:54 PM on August 8, 2011



OK, the KIDS REACT to Osama bin Laden's Death video is waaaaay too intense for me
posted by Bwithh at 10:01 PM on August 8, 2011


From the Lady Gaga video:

Adult: Why does she wear all that crazy makeup and costumes all the time?
Kid: Cause she wants to show her true self.

ROFL.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:03 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Bwithh - I thought a lot of their responses were way more mature and thoughtful than most *adults* I talked to. And William, for all his hammy dickishness in other videos, had pretty cogent and articulate opinions. I'd watch him on CNN.

if I was forced to watch CNN
posted by Chipmazing at 10:06 PM on August 8, 2011


KIDS REACT team kid Lia Marie Johnson also sings and plays her own song videos.

In this truly classic clip for the ages, Lia who is ***clearly*** not a nerd, dresses up and pretends to be a nerd in order to sing and play a song in character about "how nerds rule!"
posted by Bwithh at 10:10 PM on August 8, 2011


Nyan Cat bonus vid.

Adult: How long would you watch this video?
Morgan: Until I die!

ROFL.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:26 PM on August 8, 2011


"SHE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING ABOUT THE WORLD!" - a ten-year-old.
posted by katillathehun at 10:35 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think these videos are hilarious (mostly because of the Nyan Cat video and the Rebecca Black video, which were the first ones I saw). I didn't know they were actors but I figured that they had to be, especially because a bunch of them have their own youtube channels.
posted by kro at 10:38 PM on August 8, 2011


Jake gives the kid in the green shirt a decent run for his money in the youth obnoxious blowhard category.

And am I just a creeper or was it kind of weird seeing Lia with a video of Charlie Sheen playing behind her since she kind of resembles a 14-year-old Denise Richards?
posted by The Gooch at 11:02 PM on August 8, 2011


WHAT IS THIS
posted by Sys Rq at 11:14 PM on August 8, 2011


From the Lady Gaga video: She dresses so old!
posted by Sailormom at 11:29 PM on August 8, 2011


They may be actors, but I don't know that they are 'acting' in these videos, I assumed they were legit.

Also, the hate in some of the comments in this thread are ridiculous. I've seen these videos before and thought they were cute and interesting, yet in this thread seems like half the posters are bitching about it for no reason. Is it some bizarre form of un-ironic internet 'get off my lawnism' or something?
posted by delmoi at 11:33 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


That little girls reaction Nyan cat was adorable.
posted by delmoi at 11:40 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


The eagerness to please just drips off of these kids. Also, I think a lot of them are already familiar with the videos in question. So it's more a set of videos about kids trying to figure out how they're supposed to react than kids genuinely reacting.
posted by subdee at 11:42 PM on August 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


ZenMasterThis: "Meta-Metafilter"

actually, that's more or less what happens in a metafilter thread : watching grown-ups react to a post. Thanks for this, that's first-rate material. I'm looking forward to watching kids reacting to these.
posted by nicolin at 1:50 AM on August 9, 2011


It was really neat to see them reacting to Keyboard Cat.
posted by maryr at 7:32 AM on August 9, 2011


Love it. Would love it more if Bill Cosby was doing the interviewing.
posted by bibliowench at 8:06 AM on August 9, 2011


The eagerness to please just drips off of these kids

Yeah, Metafilter is predictable like that.
posted by soma lkzx at 11:14 AM on August 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: Dresses way too old.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 11:54 AM on August 9, 2011


It's actually an excellent condensation of internet comment culture, except that even the four-year-old is significantly more insightful than most comments under any given news article or youtube video.

So, yeah, it's a lot like MetaFilter, really.

(And, to be perfectly honest, that dickish rapscallion reminds me a lot of myself at his age. Such a fine example of the common curmudgeon's larval stage is a rare sight for the Grown-Up, for whom the misanthropic maggot will usually put on airs of courteous caterpillarity. Gripe on, young man! Gripe on! Just please realize before it's too late that being a cynical prick won't win you friends or get you laid.)
posted by Sys Rq at 12:11 PM on August 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure why people are picking on William -- several of the kids are hammishly negative. It was pretty interesting to watch -- seeing such negativity-as-performance gives me a new lens on aspects of my own childhood.

William's just not as good at it as some of the others, so it's more noticeable, maybe.
posted by endless_forms at 2:34 PM on August 9, 2011


completely hilarious
posted by femmme at 6:45 PM on August 9, 2011


Wow. I went to college with Rafi Fine! Neat-o. Too bad they don't have their video of him playing RiffRaff in our production of Rocky Horror! Incidentally, I still have photos *working on blackmailing scheme* .. kidding. WTG, Rafi!
posted by Mael Oui at 8:24 PM on August 9, 2011


They really need to do this one.
posted by mike3k at 8:33 PM on August 9, 2011


mike3k, they already did.
posted by rebel_rebel at 9:19 AM on August 10, 2011


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