Jimmy Kimmel often does a series on his late night talk show issuing a YouTube Challenge to parents, which is designed to (in a harmless way) spark some small-scale upset from children.
His most famous challenge is “Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I told my kids I ate all their Halloween Candy”, which promptly goes viral when uploaded every October.
This time, Jimmy Kimmel issued the dare to parents to turn off the television whilst their kids were playing Fortnite – a game notorious for it’s addictive nature – and film their reaction for a video, “Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I turned off the TV during Fortnite”.
“The kids are nuts for this Fortnite”, the television host explained. “I asked, and many of you answered.”
If you’re not familiar with the premise, Fortnite is a multiplayer shooter game where 100 players land on an island, with weapons and other combat items around, and fight to be the last player standing. Kind of like The Hunger Games.
The resultant three-minute montage of kids shouting at their parents as the TV screens turn to black is…a little bit terrifying.
Many of the kids reacted in fits of outrage, begging their parents, amid screaming and swearing, to put it back on.
“What are you doing, go cook!” one kid asks.
“Are you out of your mind?” another cries.
“What are you doing? My friend just died because of you!”
“Oh my god, why’d you do that???”
“What just happened?! Noooooooooo!”
A few of the kids even got physical, slapping the camera out of their parents’ hands leading the sit-in audience to audibly react in shock.
But whilst some children had full-on tantrums, others saw the humour in it, saying “Hi Jimmy Kimmel.”
Nonetheless, all the videos showed the reality of the lounge rooms of families with teenage boys who are heavily invested in the game across the globe. The aggressive tendencies depicted in the mashup show a glimpse of what parents are dealing with every day.
The video has gone viral since being uploaded less than a week ago, attracting over six million views.
Kimmel had one final message for the kids: “Now go outside.”