“Violation of Community Guidelines” by Brittany Broski and Sarah Schauer | new university


Internet comedy sensations Brittany Broski and Sarah Schauer released the first episode of their shared podcast titled “Violating Community Guidelines,” where they discuss and analyze fascinating phenomena on the web, in January 2022.

Brittany Tomlinson, known on social media as Brittany Broski or “kombucha girl“, got her big break on TikTok where she tried kombucha for the first time on camera in August 2019. Her facial expressions in the video, which range from disgust to tolerance, inspired a wave of memes and photos reaction on Twitter and other social media platforms Tomlinson graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in communications in 2018. She previously worked at a bank in trust and investment services, but was fired after that her boss saw her viral video.

Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

Sarah Schuer, which uses the pronouns she/they, posted its first Vine in November 2015 and gained nearly a million followers on Vine before the app shut down. Currently, Schauer is a writer and YouTuber, describing himself as someone who is “extremely online.” They attended Old Dominion University in Virginia and graduated in 2016 with a degree in marketing and business analysis. Schauer has worked for Denny’s, The UPS Store, Tempur-Pedic and EP+Co — writing tweets for their Twitter pages.

Both Schauer and Tomlinson lost their jobs in the same week. When Schauer tweeted the announcement of their move from South Carolina to Los Angeles, Tomlinson asked if they needed a roommateAnd the rest is history.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Shauer (@sarahschauer)/Twitter

Schauer and Tomlinson’s comedic styles mesh extremely well, and their decision to start a podcast proved to be a smart one. Tomlinson’s jokes are more off the cuff, and his delivery picks up the joke. His loud, infectious laugh also adds to his comedy. Schauer’s jokes are more thoughtful and bounce off Tomlinson’s impulsive thoughts with humorous interjections. With only four episodes released so far, each deals with a different ridiculous facet of the internet.

The first episode of “Violating Community Guidelines” is titled “Facebook Marketplace,” which highlighted the disgusting, sketchy, and often unnecessary listings on Facebook Marketplace. From empty toilet rolls to dirty jeans, Schauer and Tomlinson tore up this shopping experience with on-the-spot jokes and commentary. Delving deep into the dangerous elements of Facebook Marketplace, where people buy and sell guns with almost no precautions, and the unfathomable absurdity, where vendors sell real dirt, the co-hosts barely scratched the surface. surface of the site’s ridicule.

Episode 2, “AI Influencers,” discussed computer-generated social media influencers, such as Lil Miquela and Shudu, who have massive followings and problematic tendencies. Dissecting the internet controversy of these characters, Tomlinson and Schauer pointed out that these influencers perpetuate unrealistic body standards for their mostly young audiences who don’t realize their bodies are computer-generated.

In the third episode, titled “Furries,” the two talked about, you guessed it, furries and their sense of community. While the episode explored the unknown and oft-judged side of furries, they also discussed the history, terminology, and reason for the pseudo-identity’s popularity. This created a hysterical episode with educational elements that mocked the community while humanizing them.

“Conspiracy Theories” focused on many popular theories and how these conspiracies are based on paranoia and not fact. Careful not to delve into anything too serious or harmful, Tomlinson and Schauer talked about the more ridiculous side of the theories, like mattress companies laundering money and the suspicious vibe of the international airport. from Denver, which potentially means something more menacing.

The fifth and final episode was about “creepy pasta“, a horror fiction to place which features stories of homicide, suicide, paranormal occurrences and horrific experiences. A portmanteau of “creepy” and “copypasta”, this website is where the Slender man story takes shape. Slender Man’s legacy has extended to actual crimes in his name, most often carried out by young teenagers. Schauer and Tomlinson discussed the moral implications of children reading these stories at a young and impressionable age, leading themselves to believe that these stories are real.

Photo courtesy of YouTube

The success and hilarity of the podcast is arguably unmatched. Tomlinson noted the “Little meat gangpodcast with comedians Cody Ko and Noel Miller as one of his inspirations for his comedy, which made a lot of sense. “Violating Community Guidelines” has a similar tone to “Tiny Meat Gang”, though slightly more structured, sharing comedic styles and similar talking points.

Tomlinson and Schauer are an incredible team; in just a few short episodes, they’ve amassed a sizable following across all streaming platforms, with each of their YouTube episodes alone having 200,000 to nearly half a million views. This pair is a match made in heaven, and they’re likely just getting started with a very successful creative partnership.

“Violating Community Guidelines” is available at Spotify and Apple podcast as well as Youtubewhere the podcast conversation is accompanied by a video.

Lillian Dunn is an Entertainment Intern for the Winter 2022 term. She can be reached at [email protected].


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