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Why Shouldn't I Let My Kid Watch Blippi?

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

The YouTube star known as Blippi, whose real name is Stevin John, has become a sensation among young children with his quirky and energetic performances. However, before he put on the orange bow tie and became a beloved children's entertainer, John was known as Steezy Grossman, a filmmaker in LA. Under this persona, he created low-budget comedy videos, including a controversial one titled "Harlem Shake Poop," where he is seen openly defecating on a nude friend's backside.


This video that the man behind Blippi made was a part of the internet meme called the Harlem Shake. If you don’t remember it's a silly dance that was popular in the early 2000's where the lights go on and off briefly, and everyone starts dancing wildly.


But in this explosive and shocking iteration John dances on a toilet in a sparse bathroom, then unexpectedly releases a stream of feces, splattering the room and hitting his friend's bare ass. The outrageous video originally went fairly unnoticed, but years later, resurfaced. It caused surprise and bewilderment amongst the parents of his current fanbase. John has acknowledged his past actions, stating that the video was part of his earlier comedic endeavors and predates his Blippi persona.


But he doubled down on his "prank" when he created HarlemShakePoop.com, a website to showcase his "hilarious video" he had made with his friends. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good well-executed shit joke like everyone else from time to time, and I joke around with my boys. But never in my life has it come across my mind to shit on my friends bare ass, and then POST IT ON THE INTERNET FOR EVERYONE TO SEE.


I’m not going to share the video, and I will actively discourage you from searching it out - but I do have to admit it isn’t very hard to find.


Let’s say we give Stevie boy a break and say hey, the past is the past - no judgment from me. I wouldn’t mind if he was working in a bank, working in a marketing company, or doing SEO work like he used to, but I do mind when this man is actively marketing towards children. He has rebranded himself as this family friendly character and makes millions selling merch, toys, and anything he can put his face on. He’s even admitted he uses his past SEO work and skills to ensure his videos are doing as well as possible, making sure he’s raking in the most amount of views - who let me remind you, are all children.


While Blippi's transformation into a family-friendly entertainer has captivated millions of young viewers, this old video from his Steezy Grossman days has left many wondering about the unexpected path that led him to become the lovable character known as Blippi. Despite his dark past, his current success in entertaining and educating kids continues to thrive.


So, why shouldn't I let my kid watch Blippi? Well he rubs me the wrong way for so many different reasons, his annoying voice, his derivative content, and oh yeah - when he recorded himself defecating on his friend, and made a website about it. This is why I say with such a heavy heart, that he’s collaborated with one of my favorite content creators, Ms. Rachel.


Doing research, this man has been doing a press tour like a Presidential candidate. Talking to any one and everyone that will listen to him push his false narrative that he’s a changed man. That’s why I’m writing this article today, so parents everywhere know not to let their children watch Blippi’s content.


In all fairness, the original Blippi has been replaced for his earlier 'mishaps'. In May 2021, the TV network Moonbug announced that a new actor, Clayton Grimm, would also be taking on the role. Grimm had previously portrayed Blippi in a live theatrical production in 2019. So even if the new Blippi actor hasn't defecated on someone (that we know of), I'll still be getting my child to be watching something more engaging than Blippi.


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