Teen utopia or capitalist commune? Netflix’s Hype House is the most depressing show on TV

Jake Paul, one of the internet’s most famous social media stars, has caused a lot of controversy, and not least for Team 10, his own house of collaborators. Last year, members of the house alleged they were “exploited” by Paul, who controlled their income. These influencers can expect to make millions from TikTok: Charli D’Amelio, 17 – who went viral in 2019 for her competitive dance videos and was one of the first collaborators to join Hype House in 2020 – earned $17.5 million last year, making her the highest paid TikToker of the year, according to estimates by Forbes magazine. His older sister, Dixie, who was also in the Hype House, reportedly won $10 million.

Yet Petrou enlisted several of TikTok’s most successful young creators to live and earn money alongside him in his own Team 10-inspired home. also came from broken homes and were easily drawn to the idea of ​​being able to live rent-free in a McMansion amidst a mock community.

These kids are also given enough money to turn any fleeting joke or whim into reality. In the opening minutes of the first episode, a sumo wrestler is brought in by Alex Warren, the self-proclaimed “king of prank,” to wrestle Hacker. “You said you wanted this,” Warren tells a clearly terrified Hacker. “I just said it as a joke,” he says, as he nervously steps into the ring, cameras all around, filming everything.

Of everyone in the house, Warren seems to be making the most of the seemingly unlimited budget, as he admits to spending between $50,000 and $70,000 a month on his videos and pranks, using helicopters and ultra-expensive vehicles , as if they were shooting a blockbuster action movie. Everyone in the house, including Kouvr Annon, his longtime girlfriend (with whom he films a fake wedding in a desperate attempt to gain views on his YouTube channel), is liable to be framed at any time. , adding to the home’s aura of unease. . Imagine blood pressure.

Joan D. Boling