Netflix “Hype House Show” gets negative hype – Please cancel it!


Sarah Webb

TikTokers, Nikita Dragun, Thomas Petrou, Larri Merritt, Alex Warren, Hudson, Kouvr Annon, Sienna Mae Gomez, and Jack Wright collab with Netflix for the Hype House Show.

Fans threaten to cancel their Netflix subscriptions because of the new Hype House show.

We agree and are against the idea of the Hype House and their new reality TV show simply because these TikTokers don’t deserve it. There is nothing to celebrate in the fake celebrity status of a few teens who make TikTok videos of themselves.

Who wants to watch another 15-second version of “The Renegade”–it’s all about the crop tops and short shorts.  Enough already!

TikTok is a social media platform for creating, sharing, and discovering short videos. The app has content where many express themselves through singing, dancing, lip-synching, and comedy. Throughout the last couple years, and especially last year during the pandemic, many people rose to a certain kind of fame on the app. Some of these TikTok influencers include Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae, Noah Beck, and Sienna Mae Gomez.

What kind of influence does Charli D’Amelio have?  116.5 MILLION followers and $50,000 per post!  D’Amelio is only 17 years old.  Who needs to see hours of her dancing?

A select group of these young influencers live in what’s called the Hype House, a place in Los Angeles, California where they collaborate on videos for TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram to help grow their social media platforms.

Netflix announced a reality TV show featuring the Hype House in December 2019, but the details are still vague. The show will follow the lives of the TikTok influencers who live in the house. The cast members for the new reality show includes Nikita Dragun, Thomas Petrou, Larri Merritt, Alex Warren, Hudson, Kouvr Annon, Sienna Mae Gomez, and Jack Wright. After hearing about the release of the show, many fans and other users or nonusers of TikTok were upset.

Part of the reason we are against the Hype House and their new reality TV show is the fact that the members are already famous with income they get from the app, sponsorships, and/or their personal YouTube channels. Other actors who have worked hard on set have to deal with young teens getting a show on Netflix handed to them for just creating short 30-second videos of them dancing or lip-syncing.

It’s the emptiest form of entertainment and self-promotion.  Is this what we want from GenZ?

Netflix plans to cancel some of our favorites.  For example, Netflix canceled The Society, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Lucifer, and many more. It’s been frustrating seeing some of these really good shows be canceled.  Although cancellations don’t necessarily mean that Hype House is pushing them out, it’s obvious that quality material is less important than celebrity junk.

Many people have voiced their opinions and some even started a petition to cancel the Hype House show before it has even been released.  Unfortunately, the petition may backfire and give Netflix more incentive because so many people will watch even a very bad show just to hate, judge, or criticize it.

Sophomore Katie Cumberledge said, “I’m indifferent to the Hype House show. I mean, I think it’s unnecessary, but it doesn’t make me pissed that they’re making it. I think social media fame is kinda ridiculous because they’re irrelevant people who have done absolutely nothing (excluding YouTube). I don’t necessarily think they deserve the money.”

Understanding how these TikTokers are so famous will always be a mystery. It is crazy knowing that people who have worked hard all their lives to become professional dancers or actors are now watching these few teens have sponsorships, collabs, and money handed to them.

Charli D’Amelio was in a Super Bowl commercial for Sabra hummus!  Dixie and Charli D’Amelio worked together with Hollister to launch their own clothing line. Addison Rae partnered with American Eagle to promote their clothes. Crazy once in a lifetime opportunities with popular brands for these young women are everywhere!

Sophomore Jordan Shipley said, “I don’t really know much about them because I don’t follow them, but they don’t deserve this much fame,” said Shipley. “All I’ve seen them do is 15-second dance videos, so I don’t really understand why they are getting all of these opportunities when most people on TikTok do the exact same dances.”

Some others don’t mind the quick rise to fame or that Netflix will air a show about them.

Local student Morgan Scheich said, “I like the Hype House. I think it’s interesting and I am excited to watch it.”

What are your thoughts? Do you think the Hype House should get a reality TV show on Netflix?


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