Unwanted Media

Source: www.insider.com

Source: www.insider.com

“The term ‘influencer’ has been used so lightly nowadays, I think we need to give it back to the people who actually own up to the title.” -Francesca Cariga.

Netflix has been praised for its original content that takes the world by storm, like Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy. Now, however, they have cleared the way for a new show about a group of social media celebrities: the Hype House.

The Hype House is a group of people with large social media followings on the popular app, TikTok, many of which live together in a mansion based in Los Angeles with the intent of creating content with one another.

While their popular members such as Charli D’Amelio have left the Hype House, the show would follow the lives of the remaining members through an unscripted reality show, much like the notorious Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Many people believe this show to be unnecessary, one of which being a student at North Hollywood High, Emmanuel Aguillon.

“I find a Hype House show to be an absolute waste of money on people who don’t deserve a piece of media of that caliber” Aguillon states.

Fellow classmate Roger Goto agrees, and believes that they do not deserve a show, especially on a widely acclaimed platform such as Netflix.

“Them being on a TV show almost whole-heartedly negates the years of training that a typical actor or actress has to go through” Goto expresses, “In my opinion, they lack the talent and the perseverance to act.”

Maia Cezena, another North Hollywood senior, shares her disapproval of the show.

“It’s upsetting that so many good shows on Netflix were canceled just to put that show up.”

Some people may argue that they were already set to be canceled, but the problem lies more in the fact that Netflix invests money into content about those with privilege, and neglects their other projects.

Francesca Cariga agrees with this sentiment, believing that a reality show for people that have not showcased any talent but simply have “money and fame from making 15-second videos” is unacceptable, especially considering their past.

Many of these “influencers” have used racial slurs, have had inappropriate interactions with their underage followers and hosted large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, 

It’s become common for people to use their privilege in a way that harms others, and the members of the Hype House, former and current, are the media’s primary perpetrators.

People have gone so far as to start petitions to prevent the show from being produced, believing that being rewarded with a show despite their negative impact on the world is unacceptable.

“All they do is promote negativity and toxic fantasies on what ‘adult life’ is to young teens” Cariga emphasizes.

It seems as though the problem lies beyond personal taste, but rather the morality of offering a platform to those who abuse it.