YouTube channel under immense heat after posting Tide Pod Challenge video


A YouTube family with a small subscription base has racked up more than 100,000 views on a controversial Tide Pod Challenge video that apparently doesn’t violate YouTube’s community guidelines.

But the Oribellyohhs YouTube channel is facing plenty of heat as the family, including two young children, pretend to eat Tide Pods.

In the video posted Sunday, the family of four sits at their kitchen table and explains why they’re going to eat the laundry detergent. They pop them in their mouths but reveal seconds later that the Pods aren’t real. Instead, the realistic lookalikes are made of edible ingredients.

It’s not difficult to see why people would be steamed. Primarily, it’s the clickbait headline of “Family Eats Tide Pods Challenge.” Clearly, it worked, because a YouTube channel that has 558 subscribers racked up more than 116,000 views at the time of this writing.

It’s also not great that the father, while referring to the warning on the packaging that implores customers not to eat the Pods, says, “Maybe they’re afraid we might get superpowers or something.” If you’re a child of, say, 6 years old watching this video without parental supervision and an adult mentions eating a candy-like item to gain superpowers, that suggestion might make sense.

Still, as the Oribello’s older child says once the experiment has been revealed, “We’re a funny family, but we’re not stupid.”

That hasn’t stopped the online scorn, likely caused by popular YouTuber Keemstar’s tweet.

The backlash, though, doesn’t seem to have bothered Damon, the father. In fact, he theorizes that it’s helped his channel.

Neither the Oribello family nor YouTube responded to a Daily Dot request for comment. But the family explained its reasoning in the video’s description, writing that it posted the video “to create awareness of the generations that ARE trying to eat this stuff, for fun or for whatever reason.”

Wrote the Oribellos: “We are afraid for the young kids that really may think that these pods look like candy and now they have adults creating videos showing themselves eating them. Parents should always keep their cleaning agents locked up, far out of reach from children and apparently from older children and adults, considering the ages have varied in this so called ‘Tide Pod Challenge.’”

Yet, more than 3,000 people have disliked the video, compared to 1,000 who have given their virtual thumbs-up.

YouTube said last week it would take down videos of the Tide Pod Challenge because its community guidelines “prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm.”

Procter & Gamble, which makes the Tide products, said it was working with social media sites to delete the potentially harmful content, and Tide is trying its hardest to convince people not to eat the Pods.

How potentially harmful are these videos? According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), poison control centers have had to handle 39 intentional exposure cases from people ranging in age from 13-19 in the first 15 days of 2018 (ingestion accounts for 91 percent of those exposures). In all of 2016, that number was 39 for the same age bracket, and in 2017, poison control centers dealt with 53 all year.

“The ‘laundry packet challenge’ is neither funny nor without serious health implications,” Stephen Kaminski, AAPCC’s CEO and executive director, said in a statement. “The intentional misuse of these products poses a real threat to the health of individuals. We have seen a large spike in single-load laundry packet exposures among teenagers since these videos have been uploaded.”

Even if the meme hasn’t turned into a teen trend, YouTube is trying to clean up those Tide Pod Challenge videos that show somebody trying to eat a whole Tide Pod.

In the Oribellyohhs video, the parents, Damon and Kari, ask their young children what they know about the Tide Pod Challenge and then, after about a minute of debate, they all stick the objects in their mouths.

“They’re squishy, Dad,” one of the children exclaims.

Turns out, of course, they’re not really eating the Tide Pods. Instead, they just look like the poisonous object, and the family shows you how they made edible Tide Pods with rice paper, frosting, and food coloring.

It also sounds like the Oribellyohhs channel hasn’t finished the discussion of Tide Pods.

As the family wrote, “We’re YouTube video makers and absolutely are always looking to SHOCK the world. It was always our intention to make a follow-up video to AWE the world following the SHOCK, so to speak. Look for that soon.”

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Family Eats Tide Pods Challenge

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This is a video to bring awareness regarding the recent situation of people of many different ages ingesting Tide Pods, washing machine detergent, a horrible dangerous thing that should never be eaten. The whole purpose of this video is to create awareness of the generations that ARE trying to eat this stuff, for fun or for whatever reason. We are afraid for the young kids that really may think that these pods look like candy and now they have adults creating videos showing themselves eating them. Parents should always keep their cleaning agents locked up, far out of reach from children and apparently from older children and adults, considering the ages have varied in this so called "Tide Pod Challenge".

Parents should also know what their children are doing at all times so these pods are never ingested by children. I mean, this statement is straight from the Tide website itself, "Make safety a top priority during your laundry routine for family and loved ones." and "Your laundry room and its contents contribute to an efficient laundry routine that is safe for the entire family. Follow the tips below to help child proof your home to ensure you are using and storing laundry products properly." and "Storage
In addition to keeping products out of reach of children, to ensure child safety, keep products in their original containers with the labels intact. After each use, completely close the container, and immediately store the container in an appropriate location out of reach of children. Choose child-resistant products like Tide PODS® Child-Guard™ Pack whenever possible. Child proof cabinets and drawers when it comes to storing household cleaning and laundry items. For further information, please visit Safe Kids Worldwide website." and "When caring for an individual living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, all cleaning products — including laundry detergents – should be secured in a locked cabinet or closet when not in use."

The full home safety statements can be found here on Tides website : https://tide.com/en-us/safety & we believe that Tide has always taken a stance to make sure that child and home safety is a priority with all of their products.

We believe that this is a great opportunity for families to take advantage of, to teach their children the difference between lethal chemicals and delicious treats. Often times, some parents forget these life lessons that are so important for their children's health. Both Kari and I, Damon, are very fortunate to have both grown up in homes where our families cared about our health and well being, so much that they, like us, always kept the toxic chemicals locked up and completely out of reach from us as children. Kari and I, Damon, also grew up with the knowledge and the know how to stay away from any and all chemicals, as children, unless we were cleaning under full adult supervision. We think the whole world should do the same.

We're youtube video makers and absolutely are always looking to SHOCK the world. It was always our intention to make a follow up video to AWE the world following the SHOCK, so to speak. Look for that soon.

Do not eat Tide Pods! Instead, do what my family did and make fake edible ones (Ingredients below) BTW, we washed our hands and the table after touching the real Tide Pods, before touching and eating the edible ones we made At no time did the real Tide Pods compromise the edible ones. We made 100% certain that any surfaces that the real Tide Pods touch, were cleaned so that our whole family would not be ingesting any toxic chemicals that came from in or around the Tide Pods or container .

We hope you enjoy our videos. We put new ones up occasionally haha. We are the Oribellyohhs! A crazy fun family that just enjoys life and trying weird new things.

FAKE TIDE POD 100% EDIBLE INGREDIENTS:

1st Ingredient: Rice Paper Sheets. Can be found in any Asian market store or typically the Asian section of your local supermarket. These can be found in circular or square shapes and are pretty large sheets, some being as large as a standard sized tortilla.

2nd Ingredient: White or cream colored frosting.

3rd Ingredient: Warm Water

4th Ingredient: Food Coloring. Various colors but we used purple and orange.

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