November 4, 2009
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Lucas is a sixteen year old who makes videos for Youtube; his main characters name is Fred Figglehorn, a six year old, who makes videos with his mom’s camera, and has an extremely high voice, which is only made possible by his computer program. Fred’s videos mainly address issues such as bullies, his drunken mom and a squirrel with rabies (his dog), and are not very exciting or interesting. He gets bullied for things like swimming with his shirt on and having a crush on Judy, another character.

Fred was created in 2005 and has become insanely famous with over 1.4 million subscribers. Fred also has merchandise in stores like Hot Topic and Newbury comics. He sells shirts, buttons, magnets, lunch boxes and even plush toys. Fred gets a nickel for every time his videos are viewed and his videos are viewed over one million times each. So in other words Fred makes a lot of money. I don’t understand why Fred is so popular. So many Americans love him and are crazy enough to actually buy his merchandise. What does that tell us? Are Americans just losing their sense of good humor?

Fred has been around for four years or so, and he was sort of funny in the beginning but now he’s getting just plain old boring. I think that Fred should stop making videos so the fans can treasure those videos that are already up.

Some people, like me, think that Fred is copying MakeMeBad35, another well-known youtube user. MakeMeBad35 has a character named Jimmy who also has a high voice (but he doesn’t use a program, he just talks in a high voice) and he came out way before Fred. People always diss MakeMeBad35 for copying Fred, but honestly it’s the other way around. I just want to get people to see that MakeMeBad35 was the first to have a young high voiced, not very “bright” character, not Fred. The only thing I can say in Fred’s defense is that Jimmy is for older people because of his… hm… explicit language and Fred is more for the younger kids.

Fred gets a lot of hate comments and some of them are really mean, but some of them actually make sense. For instance: “Why does this have 9 million views?” posted by Youtube user HiddenMickeyA113 on “Fred Goes to the Park” and literally that video is him swinging and then falling on his face. Does that sound interesting to you? Another Youtube user, ChillKill13, wrote, “Fred is finally loosing his fans and his mind. I think its time to give it up… grow up dude.” This is slightly harsher, but it’s true if you think about it. Fred has been going on for a couple years now and it’s not funny anymore. I think we should all get over Fred, or at least take a break.

I don’t think that Fred should be so popular on Youtube because he copies other people and isn’t funny anymore. He needs to move on.

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Pretyy ponies said...
Jan. 27, 2011 at 9:54 am
Actually fred videos are pretty cool.I mean the still can be a little boring but their funny and he is an actor.Hes suppose act dumb and funny.I suggest checking out shanaynay and can i have youre number .their super funny.
gal 123 said...
Dec. 31, 2010 at 9:44 am
i have always hated fred and always will hate him. its sooo annoying he just fast forwards his voice and my friends agree with me.
kidfan13 said...
Nov. 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm
Hey you just pointed out my comments shame on you they were mine and not yours to quote. And anyways I like Fred. He's very cool and funny. I think that you do not have a sense of humor.
ThatClarinetPerson said...
Oct. 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm
heyy, i agree with you! omg, fred's soooooooooo annoying!
jojo replied...
Jan. 27, 2011 at 9:55 am
nope! youre wrongg
DifferentTeen said...
Oct. 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

 I really like Fred, I do. I even watched his movie and it was hilarious. But his YouTube videos are getting pretty boring. I agree with you that they were good in the beginning but now its just the same old things over and over again. And now, even the "Annoying orange" is funnier than him.

Now about the article, I like your style. You weren't too hateful but you didn't support him either. You gave very good details on both sides of the story. I can tell you know your YouTube fac... (more »)

Noah B replied...
Oct. 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Thanks so much! I wrote this a while ago and I'm still getting comments! Yay! Thank you for your comment. :) And yeah I am a big Youtuber.
magic-esi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm
The videos are slightly funny but I don't get the big craze either. Very well written article and I like how you look from different points of view at Fred.
caitlin.calamity said...
Jan. 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm
I love Fred. His videos are just my kind of weird, stupid, randomness. They make me laugh and laughing is the best medicine. Especially for someone like me.
Schubster said...
Nov. 13, 2009 at 9:49 pm
The fact that so many youth even go on to you tube these days is appalling, let alone watching Fred. I'm not a you tube hater or anything, i just don't why ppl spend hours on hours watching the videos. but i seriously hate Fred...I can't stand him.
GirlWithWings56 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm
I don't know. I mean, I agree with you. Fred had a series of videos for a while but now people have to move on. But really, I find these videos funny. I'm not an obsessed fan. But when I'm in the mood for something funny and immature, I click on a Fred video. They're not a phenomenon for me - they're just another fairly funny YouTube video.
A-Little-Spark This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 7:18 pm
I COMPLETELY agree with you. I don't get the Fred thing either. But clearly you and I have both seen enough Fred's to give a pretty detailed synopsis (as you have done here), so there still remains some sort of attraction to weird little kids (who act too much like Butters from "South Park") with high voices and issues. That's something I don't think I'll ever understand.
The fact that Lucas became a Youtube (and real-world) star is seriously unsettlin... (more »)
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