Fly on the wall more remarkable than ‘Hype House’ – The Daily Evergreen
“Hype House” not very hype at all
I was browsing Netflix the other day, like you do when you have nothing better to do. There I came across a reality TV show called “Hype House”.
Now, I generally steer clear of any reality TV due to its lack of authenticity. But I was bored, so I clicked on the trailer.
For those who don’t know, the Hype House is basically a collection of teenage TikTok personalities living in a multimillion-dollar mansion based in Los Angeles. It is a place where its members can easily collaborate and help each other.
It formed in December 2019 and has generated mega famous social media influencers, such as Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio and Addison Rae.
Since I’m usually on the opposite side of TikTok, I was surprised to see several familiar faces in the trailer, such as Chase Hudson (also known as Lil Huddy), Nikita Dragun, and Vinnie Hacker. So, like any other student, I followed the series until the early hours with popcorn on my knees and a blanket over my head.
I finished it a few hours ago, so here are my impressions:
It was incredibly boring.
Like I said before, I don’t have much experience with reality TV, but is it always supposed to be this boring to watch?
I thought I clicked to be entertained by catfights and heavy betrayals. Instead, I watched millionaires complain about the lack of brand partnership videos and insist on the overall decline in viewer engagement.
I found the fly on my wall more amusing than this show, to say the least.
It was also more than depressing. Like, Netflix, why would I enjoy watching a show if its cast members aren’t even having fun?
Thomas Petrou, founder of the Hype House, seemed to be the most unhappy of them all. He was either stressed out about keeping a failing “business” afloat, or was crying on the floor not wanting to go back where he came from.
Again, I ask you, Netflix, why would I want to watch this? Why would I find that amusing? Why would I want to see someone suffer so terribly?
I didn’t like it at all.
The depressing undertone actually fueled much of the main plot – or rather the only plot – of the series. Time and time again, I had to watch cast members fail to separate their work and personal lives, which led to more misery.
For example, Hype House member Alex Warren convinced his longtime girlfriend Kouvr Annon to accompany a fake wedding for a video. I had to watch Annon suffer in silence, saying she would marry Warren for real, because Warren insisted he only wanted to pretend.
Why would I want to see someone’s heart break before my eyes? Again, why would I find that amusing?
Above all, though, I wasn’t too fond of the show’s scripted stereotypes.
I see them on every other reality TV show, and I walked into this show out of ignorance thinking they’d give up on this whole marketing strategy. Alas, they did not.
Producers and editors stereotyped all of the cast members – some harshly and some not so harshly. For example, producers and editors described House member Mia Hayward as the “bad guy” who spoiled the original Hype House dynamic.
Thousands of Hayward Twitter posts may confirm this stereotype.
I found it unpleasant to see Hayward being blamed for the sinking when the ship was already sinking before arriving on the scene. I mean, it seemed like everyone was blatantly ignoring other possible factors contributing to the problems within the Hype House, such as Petrou eliminating the fun by taking a more commercial approach.
And yet, Hayward went down with the ship.
The “Hype House”, while boring and depressing, actually showed how seriously everyone takes their careers in the industry. Most of its members came from toxic and abusive homes, but they worked hard and made a name for themselves against all odds.
Perhaps, if you’re considering watching this wretched show, this can be your main takeaway: no matter how crap your hand is, you can still give a royal flush.
So don’t give up and chase your dreams. But remember to put your mental health before your career, so you don’t end up sad and depressed like most Hype House.