December 14, 2011, - 6:37 pm

Funny or Mean VIDEO?: “I Gave My Kids a Terrible Christmas Present”

By Debbie Schlussel

Around Halloween-time, Jimmy Kimmel told viewers to post YouTube videos in which they tell their kids they ate all of the Halloween candy.  It was really cute and very funny (though some people think it’s very mean and cruel).  Last week, he told viewers to post YouTube videos in which they show their kids opening bad Christmas presents.  It’s not as funny (and some of it annoys me–with the kids’ yelling and screaming), but still amusing and entertaining.  The one, kid, though–he needs serious early intervention anger management help, or I could see him as a serial killer or going Postal later on in life.  Just sayin’. Ditto for the kid who utters semi-obscenities to his parents. My parents would’ve washed my mouth out with Fels Naptha soap for that.


Watch the video . . .

So, what do you think? Mean and cruel or funny and cute? (It would really be mean, if the parents didn’t tell their kids they actually got them something good and it was just a trick.) If I had kids, I wouldn’t do this. But my dad played tricks on us from time to time, and it was always funny.

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13 Responses

Hmmmm. This tells me that Christmas (and Hannukkah, even though it was not shown here) has gotten too commercial. Each of the two religions need(s) to get back to teaching their children what their holidays are about.

And at least one of those potty mouth children need a slap to the head.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm

LOLOL! This really made me laugh. I love teasing kids like that. I’d like to know the parents that wrapped up the used juice bottle. LMAO! They have my kind of humour!

I hated the kid at the end with his potty mouth. I hate brats.

This was VERY cute and funny. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would! Too good! LOL!

Skunky on December 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Meh. This bit wasn’t cruel OR funny to me. Just lame. Lately, Kimmel’s opening monologues are frequently morphing into what often looks like an offshoot of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” a program which gets repetitive after the first five minutes. To me, this is a textbook example of lazy comedy writing. Relying on the home audience to provide the humor.

Kimmel is much funnier when he does spoofs of popular YouTube videos, instead of just showing them. Example:

Irving on December 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Um, No. It was horrible. I saw that crap on Bill O’Reilly last night, and it was terrible.

People that do this kinda crap ought to be shot.

I’m just sayin’

Pat in Michigan on December 15, 2011 at 4:07 am

We all have had to learn that life is unfair. It is better to learn that lesson in a controlled environment, rather than in one that has a far greater sting. Also, the parent learns how their child handles adversity, and can deal with a response that is too over the top. Finally, I suspect that at least some of what was shown was staged, as is most of reality television. A good video is worth quite a bit to its producer.

worry01 on December 15, 2011 at 7:20 am

Well, since most don’t like this and I enjoy it so much I will say they Mum who gave the “black beans, cheese and a waffle-house hat!” and her upset son made me LOLOL.

And the sweet blonde girl and her brother are too cute. You can tell they are sweet and her frustration with his enthusiastic outbursts are precious!

Skunky on December 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

It was hilarious, but it also revealed the “real” child… So, I’d take a lesson on a couple of those monsters! A good child would be gracious under all circumstances. Good luck!

As goes Israel, so goes the world. on December 15, 2011 at 9:16 am

I wonder what TINS would think about these videos.

As much as I love the “Waffle House” (and, like any other dude, BIG BREAKFASTS), I wouldn’t want a hat like that for Xmas.

“I got PONIES???” You got PWNED! :p

The Reverend Jacques on December 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

The video gave me some good ideas for Christmas gifts for my spoiled brats. And here all I could think of was giving them pieces of coal.

Concerned Citizen on December 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I thought it was funny and sad and shows that we have given our children the legacy of entitlement instead of true values. Looks like a good exercise for my own to see how they handle it. The little boy that said he’d eat the sandwich was cute. I also agree with the poster here, a good child would be gracious at all times over gifts and shame on these parents for not teaching that to these brats!

CJ on December 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

The parents really should consider it a wake up call with the heavy set kid that threw a tantrum. The rest acted more like most kids would act, disappointed and confused. The tantrum-kid needs a steady diet of discipline and disappointment before he grows up into a real monster… and a dangerous one.

BernardL on December 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

It was horrible but nice.

Bella on January 17, 2012 at 7:18 am

If my parents gave me a present and it turned out to be a half-eaten sandwich, rotten food, girls clothes, etc. I’m going to think my parents are making fun of me. That’s what the kids who cry and yell at their parents are upset; it’s not because they are getting a present they don’t like, it’s because the feel their parents have gone out of their way to mock them.

Yes, I know that “kids are supposed to show gratitude for every present even if they don’t like it”, but these clearly aren’t things the parents think the kids would like. These are things the parents know the kids won’t like (including pieces of trash).

Yes, I know people will say that I “wasn’t raised right”. But no kid should ever be grateful for getting a piece of garbage.

Matt on May 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm

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