On March 21, 2011, Bad Lip Reading created its YouTube account. The very next day, the world was introduced to what would be the first video of its parody content: “Gang Fight,” a video parodying Rebecca Black’s Friday by replacing the lyrics of her song with ridiculous statements and making it appear as if she was singing them.
“Gang fight, gang fight, the gang is down to fight, yeah! Have I brought this chicken for us to eat?” “Rebecca” quips.
That video would soon be followed by a plethora of videos featuring other singers, including Justin Bieber, the Black Eyed Peas and Michael Bublé. From there, the channel expanded into parodying the various campaign videos of 2012 presidential candidates. Over the years, Bad Lip Reading started creating videos on TV shows, sports games and even an Apple product launch.
And though the scope of Bad Lip Reading’s content has grown, the style has remained the same: Creating fun audio that generally matches up with their subject’s lip movements to make ridiculous sentences.
Bad Lip Reading is, simply put, fun. Furthermore, the parodies are often match up quite well with the lip movements of their respective subjects, and the skill required to create the videos can’t go unnoticed.
While much of Bad Lip Reading’s jokes are based around the absurd statements its subjects apparently make, a few jokes can make somewhat sexual statements or reference various body parts, using crude terminology. Additionally, the channel occasionally uses mild foul language, such as “d–n” and “a–.” Other jokes make reference to alcohol, potty humor and drugs.
While many families will find Bad Lip Reading to be fun (and others might be filled with nostalgia at the sight of this review), it’s important to note that the channel’s sexual jokes and mild language won’t jibe with many others.
Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. His favorite movie is La La Land.