If you are a typical youngster in the 21st century, you are probably familar with many of the popular youtubers today. There's PewdiePie, Superwoman, Bart Baker, and of course, everyone's favorite drunken, neck-brace wearing, foul-mouthed character, Tourettes Guy!
He's gone down in history as one of the finest comedians it seems, with a famous web-series and priceless catch phrases quoted all across the internet. He has thousands of adoring fans, and guess what?
I don't think he is funny!
That's right, I said it. I find zero humor in Tourettes Guy. I am a teen who was diagnosed with Tourettes at age twelve, and I have suffered for many years. I have missed so much school due to appointments, been to so many docters, been on so many medications. My condition has caused me so much pain, both physical and mental, so much embarasssment. Going out in public is an upsetting ordeal for me. I will never escape the stares, the glares, the laughs, the judgment. I have dealt with nonstop bullying, and my condition has weakened my friendships, my relationship with my family and even my relationship with God. Making friends and boyfriends with my condition will always be a struggle, not to mention the fear of passing on this syndrome to my future children.
Speaking as a young girl with Tourette's Syndrome and not a cure in sight, I find Tourette's Guy revolting. I honestly don't understand how he can be considered a comedian. He doesn't even tell jokes or have any structure to his acts. He simply screams random words and calls it comedy. It's downright juvenile.
Not to mention offensive. Call me butthurt all you want, but when is it okay to make fun of such a debilitating conditon? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you can never make the best out of these situations with a joke, but there is a difference between laughing at and laughing with, and frankly I perfer the latter. And it isn't like he ever bothers to do anything do for the Tourette's community, like make a donation or spread awarness. He does nothing but promote the awful stereotype that Tourette's is all about swearing randomly.
This isn't true. Coprolalia is the proper term for involunary swearing and only effects a small population of the TS community. You'll notice that tics(the noises the movements) occur in a pattern, not randomly, unlike in the videos. And people with Tourette's also have motor(movement) tics, which Tourettes Guy fails to display.
Not only is his portrayal inaccurate, but I doubt he even suffers the condition. That's right, I think he's fake too. He is fake, disgusting, and gives people with Tourette's a bad name.