Look. I have no idea what’s going on with kid’s YouTube channels. First we had the surreal, other worldly terrors of ‘Johny Johny Yes Papa’, and the parade of pregnant Elsas had to be scrubbed from YouTube following the realizations that YouTube’s kids video algorithm is a nightmare mission. And now this: Blippi, a kid’s entertainer beloved by toddlers, has risen his way to the top of the YouTube listings with his bright personality and, more importantly, his understanding of SEO stuff that makes him rise high on a list of entertainers. But this story isn’t about a man who understood a bunch of buzzwords and rose to the top. This is the story of a children’s entertainer who turned out to have a past as a man who got famous online at first for pooping on his friend during a Harlem Shake video in a story broken by Buzzfeed.
Blippi, real name Stevin John, under the name Steezy Grossman, made a Harlem Shake video under the name Stevin Grossman. The video began with Stevin clothed on the toilet, and then when the beat dropped, involved him getting violent splattering diarrhea into the open naked ass of his friend. Stevin John has acknowledge that’s him in the video, and told Buzzfeed: “At the time, I thought this sort of thing was funny, but really it was stupid and tasteless, and I regret having ever done it,” John said in his statement to BuzzFeed News. “I’ve grown up a lot since then, and I trust people will see me as the person I am now, not the idiot I was back then.”
The video has been scrubbed from the internet, and it’s once home of HarlemShakePoop.com, so here’s a reaction video of someone watching all this cool pooping go down. Notice, the viewer LOVES it.
So are there YouTubers adored by children whose closets are free from skeletons? From Logan Paul’s Suicide Forest video to PewDiePie’s near constant acts of plugging white power culture or saying the n-word, Buzzfeed wonders if we are all the worse for this uncurated, algorithm riding culture, at least for children. With that said, it’s doubtful this will affect Stevin’s career. Toddlers love him, the diarrhea video is gone, and all that’s left is a general confusion about the entire thing.
Buzzfeed surmised the parent reaction that, for the most part, seems forgiving. Said Buzzfeed: “Do I want my kid to go and give him a hug? Probably not,” said Rebecca McBride Wilcox, a parent of an avid Blippi fan. “But I also don’t want to deprive my kid of his construction videos that have actually really helped boost his language skills. I just might not watch that chocolate factory video again.”
What do you think of this insanity? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending, and check out our video about “Johny Johny Yes Papa”, below.