- TikTokers are using a popular sound in their videos to show their disregard for other people’s kids.
- The sound, known as “F them kids” has featured in over 94,000 videos.
- TikTokers typically receive overwhelming support for saying they prioritized themselves.
A TikTok sound is blowing up as people use it in videos to express a lack of interest in other people’s children, often going viral as they share instances where they’ve put themselves ahead of a stranger’s kid.
On February 6, a TikTok user who goes by @sunshyne_love_ posted a clip that had an on-screen caption reading, “When my siblings ask me to babysit.” It was overlaid with a sound from a scene in the 2023 movie “The Reading” where a person can be heard saying, “Girl, fuck them kids and fuck you too.”
The clip received 5.4 million views, and the sound, which is referred to as “F them kids,” began to pop up in similar videos across TikTok. The audio has been used in over 94,400 videos.
The sound has been re-shared in a variety of creative ways, with some users translating the sentence into American Sign Language and British Sign Language, but many others have incorporated the audio into videos where they’ve expressed a lack of interest in other people’s children.
People have created comedy skits to show moments where they would hypothetically turn down prioritizing a child, such as refusing to give money to a charity for orphans, or holding onto their superior seat in a theater, while others appear to have shared real-world experiences where a child or parent made a request of them, and they turned them down.
Many of these videos have also gone viral.
On February 26, a TikTok user called @myrightmiddletoe shared a short video with an on-screen caption that read, “When they say you’re the last one able to ride today and you deny the little kid behind you asking to trade places.”
The upload, which received over 13.3 million views, showed a child appearing to cry while standing in a queue, before it cut to the TikToker smiling while sitting in a Formula 1 test ride, as “F them kids” played in the background.
The following day, 25-year-old TikToker Audrey Peters shared a video with an on-screen caption that read, “When a family asks me to switch seats on the plane so they can sit together,” while they sipped their drink and lip-synched to the “F them kids” sound.
The clip received over 2.3 million views.
TikToks about people putting themselves ahead of the needs of other people’s children were becoming increasingly common on the app even before the sound took off.
On January 28, an Australian TikToker who goes by Baby Soja received 441,000 views when they shared a video in which they asked when someone was going to open an adult-only suburb, and TikToker @mooorganic received 1.2 million views in August 2022, when they posted an upload with an on-screen caption that read they “would pay SO much money” for an adult-only flight.
TikTok overall seems to back the sentiment of the sound. Many of these creators have received overwhelming support from commenters who agree that it’s fair to put themselves first, and the audio clip dedicated to this attitude is racking up more views by the day.
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