In the official timeline, Peppa is appropriately reassured by a kindly dentist.
In the version above, she is basically tortured, before turning into a series of Iron Man robots and performing the Learn Colours dance. Trolls don’t cover the intersection of human actors and more automated examples further down the line.
The character Hope from Inside Out weeps through a Smurfs and Trolls head swap. I get the game, but the constant overlaying and intermixing of different tropes starts to get inside you.BABYFUN TV only has 170 subscribers and very low view rates, but then there are thousands and thousands of channels like this.A search for “peppa pig dentist” returns the above video on the front page, and it only gets worse from here.[Edit, 21/11/2017: the original video cited here has now been removed as part of You Tube’s recent purge, although many similar videos remain on the platform.]Disturbing Peppa Pig videos, which tend towards extreme violence and fear, with Peppa eating her father or drinking bleach, are, it turns out very widespread. Many are obviously parodies, or even satires of themselves, in the pretty common style of the internet’s outrageous, deliberately offensive kind. They’re at play here, but they’re not the whole story.All the 4chan tropes are there, the trolls are out, we know this. I suppose it’s naive not to see the deliberate versions of this coming, but many are so close to the original, and so unsignposted — like the dentist example — that many, many kids are watching them.I had a computer with internet access in my bedroom from the age of 13.
It gave me access to a lot of things which were totally inappropriate for a young teenager, but it was OK.Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using You Tube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level.Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring.The video’s creator, BABYFUN TV (screenshot above), has produced many similar videos.As many of the Wrong Heads videos as I could bear to watch all work in exactly the same way.To begin: Kid’s You Tube is definitely and markedly weird. Last year, there were a number of articles posted about the Surprise Egg craze.