Are You There Blippi? It’s Me, and I Hate You

If you have children, you know that they have a tendency to really latch on to something and it becomes obsessive pretty quickly. Sometimes it’s a movie (ours was Trolls for a while), a song (We Know The Way from Moana), or a concept (my child gets totally stoked whenever he sees or hears a train). This newest thing my kid is into, Blippi – I just don’t totally know how to cope with it.

His name is Blippi and he makes YouTube videos. He seems like he’s probably my age, but he plays with toys and teaches lessons and visits kid places… and like cool. He’s wholesome. There’s nothing wrong with Blippi. I’ve watched every single video my child has watched and so far I can’t find a single real complaint. I just… He weirds me out a little? At first I was 100% convinced that this dude was a youth pastor just trying to work out his side hustle. He’s got that hipster-y, single dude who takes your kids to convention vibe. (No offense to youth pastors, I just have this idea that every single one of you is actually this guy) But… he’s not a youth pastor. He’s like some random dude that created a personality and I don’t know if that’s better or worse.

And okay fine. Asher was watching him the other day and wanted to eat fruit because Blippi was eating fruit. Ugh one for Blippi. Then Blippi was teaching all about stranger danger and got my kid to say “no strangers”. Whatever. Two for Blippi. Then We watched this video where he’s going around a playground gathering things and he’s so like… weirdly in shape? Like I couldn’t even do the monkey bars that well when I was a 90 pound kid?? Watch the first 5 minutes of this and see what I mean.

The problem is that there is actually no real problem here. And to be fair, maybe regular people are actually in shape enough to do that stuff and I just have no concept of what that’s like. His videos are educational, my kid loves them, they’re well done and safe to watch. So whyyyy do I still have such mixed feelings about him? I don’t know man. Like if I met him in real life I don’t know if I’d smack him right in his overenthusiastic face or kiss him right on the mouth for distracting my kid long enough to let me cook dinner In peace. Either way he would very likely make his mind up about me, and probably block me from his YouTube channel, creating a permanent rift between me and my 2-year-old, so I guess let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Here’s to at least another two years of simmering animosity toward a YouTube personality that just wants to make money off my kid by being wholesome.

That is all.

56 thoughts on “Are You There Blippi? It’s Me, and I Hate You

  1. I agree with this blog, he looks fake. At the beginning didn’t care my son was watching this, then I saw a video where he sees a Hexagon and he calls it Pentagon, the problem is that he takes a second look to it, probably realize his mistake but doesn’t correct it, so after this I gave extra attention to his videos and noticed his creepiness stated on this blog, he does a lot of mistakes and some bad behaviors like the water balloon fight with a work mate or when he picks on a hammers and start smashing a car.
    Blippi is addictive to toddlers but also not completely healthy.

  2. He creeps me out too. I literally could have wrote what you just wrote because it’s exactly how I feel. Intuition screaming something is off with him.

  3. I work for a PBS member station. We have an entire schedule of kids shows developed to address actual educational concepts. And the programming is available to all viewers who can receive the signal or visit PBS Kids free of charge.

    I read an article in Forbes that said that after extensive market research, the man whowportrays Blippi ho Bli “realized that there was a void in the marketplace for free, high-quality children’s educational content.” So that kind of irritated me.

    I also know a kids host in the PBS system who tell kids to turn off the TV, go outside, read a good book, use their imaginations and eat good food. Blippi’s reminder on how to spell his name in every video drives me crazy.

  4. Blippi served in the united states air force and has children of his own. Blippi is an alright guy and works really hard for his videos. This is upsetting because its just pointless and mean.

  5. He used to do nasty videos. Look up the harlemshakepoop…. once u see it,you wont want your kid watching this freak

    1. I literally just looked that up and then this was my next click…. my kid is sitting here watchung it right now, and she’s about to get real upest when i take it away!!!!

  6. He actually made the videos for his knephew since he thought there weren’t any educational videos out there that can teach different things.

  7. I think it’s so weird that you found a way to vilify BLIPPI lol. He in fact does teach good values to kiss, while encouraging them to BE KIDS. Which is why or children are so drawn to him. I think maybe you were just going to use his name to gain reads in your blog. 🤷🏻‍♀️

      1. I think it is the lifeless, soulless void in his eyes. His words are good, the music is catchy, but when you watch, his facial expression doesn’t match.

    1. He’s weird and his goal is creating an empire/money. He teaches kids to act really wound up. He’s a total spaz. Sure they learn to count but the other day he showed them where the gas and oil go on a lawn mower. Sure he mentioned a grown up should probably help but seriously why a lawn mower? Look at a truly iconic children’s program hero like Mr. Rogers and imagine him behaving like this guy. Oh did you know his previous you tube fame was for pooping on his buddy and making gross out videos? Sure he apologized but if you love him, go right on loving him. I’m going to take a hard pass on letting my kids watch him and encourage parents to do more research. Just because a child is mesmerized doesn’t equal healthy.

  8. If you look into it, blippi first created the fires under a different name for his nephew as he didn’t like the things he was watching so he thought it would be good to try some actually educational videos, he did not plan for it to take off like it did, it was originally meant for 1 little boy… his nephew who he adores. But it took off so he ran with it and now it is his full time job. I never thought I’d be ok with any of my children following a YouTube channel, but Blippi has my vote hands down.
    I understand your concern, but before posting things about him as a person, do a little research, he is ex-military and didn’t plan for blippi to be his full time job but ran with it for the kids. Good on him for doing videos that actually teach children things. No one is perfect and no one can please 100% of the audience.
    If you don’t like his videos then maybe find some others for your child that you are happy with.

  9. He totally reminds me of a live version of Sid the Science Kid and Justin Timberlake all rolled into one. The over-the-top actions and the voice drives me crazy, so I feel ya there. But, it’s hard to stop watching!

  10. What I find most interesting about this post is your lack of knowledge on Blippi himself. He was suggested to me by a friend, my son loved him, so I looked him up. He started the show because he noticed there was a lack of good, YouTube content for his nephew. Every one of his decisions was well researched to create a show kids would relate to. You think he’s annoying? Well, you’re an adult, so it’s not geared toward you. Why would you allow your child to watch something that creeps you out and not find out what it means?

    Also, this bias toward a man is sexist. A woman doing the same thing would be seen as nurturing in some way. A man making content for kids is seen as creepy? That’s some serious gender bias.

    As for “pushing his brand” … come on! He’s supposed to make this content, upload it, and not ask for continued support by those who view it? Don’t be so naive.

  11. I think Blippi is great!! I don’t see anything sinister or creepy about him, he has just found a way to earn mega bucks through annoying but weirdly catchy songs and educational videos. If anything I think you all should be grateful he’s there to entertain your kids while you get stuff done! The world today has become so butt hurt and PC about everything. Personally I think Barney the dinosaur was a hell of a lot creepier than Blippi! #TeamBlippi 😀

  12. I think blippi is great!! I don’t see anything sinister about him, he has found a way to earn big bucks and that’s through kids and their YouTube obsession. I’m guttered I didn’t think of it first!! I think everybody these days are to butt hurt and pc about everything and bubble wrap their kids. It’s harmless kids videos and if anything you should all be thankful he’s there to entertain your kids while you get stuff done. To be honest I think barney the dinosaur was far more creepy! 🤔

    1. Glad I’m not the only one that thinks he’s kinda hot! 😂 My son LOVES Blippi. I don’t think he’s weird at all. My son has learned a lot from watching Blippi. We teach him a lot too but once he sees Blippi doing something, he’s got it down pat

  13. Im surprised noone is pointing out that the reason Blippi is annoying is his lack of genuinity. His laughter, smile, voice, moves, everything he does is creepingly fake and annoying. But strange enough children dont care about that, which is the big red flag to all parents: children are easily fooled and manipulated. Im not saying he is harmful in any way, though I wonder why a healthy adult person would act so un-cool, unnatural and moron-like. Freaks me out. He either has a highly shallow or dark soul behind his ridiculous Blippi personality.

    1. That’s what I’m saying! It’s off putting. I know that kids love that, but it gives me the ookies. I can’t put my finger on anything actually wrong which almost makes it worse I think 😬

    2. Yaaaassssss. All of that! Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it like that. Moron-like. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Exactly. It’s so incredibly irritating. He acts so stupid.

    3. What weirds me out most about him is how he kinda like never really interacts with the kids that wonder into the fun zones he’s filming in. He always seems oddly annoyed with them and he seems to wanna get far away from them

      1. To be fair, that is most likely due to a number of logical reasons, e.g., 1) the children became unwitting participants in a television production so he wants to respect their privacy and/or parent’s wishes, 2) the shows are not scripted and filmed with a low budget so he wants to limit the number of retakes due to unplanned disruptions 3) safety concerns for the children, 4) again, the children are not paid cast members of the show, so they are entering the filming area of their own accord with no rights to compensation for said interactions with the show’s host.

        No reason to fault the guy… it’s jyts a smart business move.

    4. This….100%

      Something about him is so off putting and I couldn’t quite put a finger on what it was…until this post. His entire “act” comes across just like that…an act. It’s like I’m preparing myself to see his story on True Crime Daily or 20/20 in ten years or so for violating a child or something. I could be totally wrong but as a kid I couldn’t stand Peewee Herman when everyone else around me loved him.

    5. Yes, exactly this. His fake little laugh makes me cringe every time, he acts like an adult sized toddler with his little dances and he is just too fake for me to appreciate any educational goodness there may be. Plus, there are a ton of great educational series that don’t train your kids to spell Blippi. The fact that Blippi is the first word that my child has learned to spell does not make me happy. i would rather he watch less educational shows that were more genuine and didn’t make me fear my child would run up to weirdly dressed men in the hopes they are like Blippi.

  14. Thank the Lord someone made a post like this and there are other commenters who feel the same way!!!! You have no idea how much solace I have found in this post and the above comment by Jessica.
    I totally agree with you about the wholesome thing. Blippi generally means well, I think. But yeah, WTH with the obnoxious behavior like the aforementioned water balloon “fight” (which was more like water balloon assault by a jerk), the insane over-the-top self obsession (okay I get that he’s trying to promote his channel and his brand obviously, but does he have to appear on the screen every time one of those actually good cartoon song parts play? Like why is an actual image of him dancing across a cartoon song?
    My son freaking LOVES him. And honestly, on a good day when I’m not sleep deprived and stretched thin, I can kinda feel a little bit of love for Blippi too. You can tell he cares about children, and that I like. But his voice. The WHOAs and the obnoxious dancing and bizarre noises he makes and to be perfectly honest, the facial hair weirds me out too. It’s like he has this weird shadow of a beard at all times, but it’s not a 5 o’clock shadow really. Strange looking on a man dressed like that.
    Whew. Okay. I just have to thank you for giving me the opportunity to make this insane long rant on Blippi. I hope this diatribe of a mad single mother finds you all very well.
    (And Blippi, if you ever read this, I honestly do appreciate you from the bottom of my curmudgeonly heart.)

    1. Yassss the stubble!!! Like I feel like he shouldn’t have that too.. Blippi is definetly a creepatow, I find myself thinking all kinds of horrible thoughts when I watch home with my daughter.. like he’s got some real secrets behind all this stupidity!

    2. My husband and I are the proud parents of a sweet 2-year old who has recently adopted Blippi as his show of choice. For what it’s worth, that water balloon fight is the funniest thing we have seen on the show to date. The hubby and I still chuckle out loud thinking about it. The girl was such a good sport and they are clearly friends/ coworkers so she knew what she was agreeing to. It made the episode. Maybe you have the right sense of humor, which that girl clearly does. Again, hilarious, and made the show more real and genuinely fun to watch. More of that please, Blippi.

  15. alright guys… I gotta point out… there is a ton of stuff wrong with Blippi… first of all he doesn’t clean up his messes, he litters ALL THE TIME!! He writes his name in huge letters over kids names on chalk boards. He challaged a lady to a water balloon fight and when she accepted and asked how many balloons she got to have, he laughed and said none! Then proceeded to throw them at her while she was unarmed… The thing that gets under my skin more than anything and I can’t believe no one else is outraged about this… in the senses episode he sprays an aerosol can and takes a deep breath of it… ummm HELLO… Huffing is a serious and horrible thing… kids should NOT be playing with aerosol cans!!! EVER!!! oh and he claims to be against guns but there are several episodes where there is a toy guns at a play places and he talks about loading them and shooting the guns. which might not be such a big deal but he talks so much about how you will never see him play with guns because he’s a safe space for children… I really can’t believe no one else is bothered by all this… someone needs to call him out. Like yesterday…

    1. I did got upset about that balloon fight, was in fact what made me search for this “Blippi hate” blog, I was already outraged about other videos of him

  16. I think every parent can relate to your feelings on this! There are so really really annoying kids TV out there!

  17. Oh LORD! I’m so glad I’m not the only parent who HATES BLIPPI! My kids would watch this show all day every day if I’d let them! ARGH!

      1. You’re an idiot. People are allowed to “weirdly in shape” and he loves kids. Be thankful he makes fun stuff for kids to watch so you can “make dinner in peace” God. Make an blog about a REAL issue.

  18. lol, this makes me glad that I don’t have young kids – mine are in their teens and twenties. But I know how you feel, I can still hear Dora in my head “Swiper stop swipping!” Aaahhhgh! Blessings!

    1. Oh man. When I was a daycare teacher back in college we used to show Dora early in the morning while the kids were just waking up… I remember having the backpack song stuck in my head all the stinking time… I do not miss those days haha

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