The Fine Bros. can always capture confusing and entertaining reactions to viral videos or antiquated technology, but they do serious content very well, too. In their newest “Teens React” video, the duo decided to take a more contemplative approach and showed teenagers the story and speeches of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzia.
Yousafzia is a 17-year-old activist from Pakistan who stood up to (and was consequently shot by) the Taliban when she insisted she and other young women had a right to get an education. Because of her efforts, she became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient in 2014. Most of the teens in the Fine Bros. episode react as expected: shocked at Malala’s story and inspired by her courage. But the video goes deeper than that, initiating powerful discussions outside the typical realm of a “Teens React” video.
After watching Malala’s speeches and hearing how hard she and other teens like her fought to attend institutions of learning in other parts of the world, several of the teens feel guilty about disliking their American schools for seemingly superficial reasons. Most of the teens insist they’ll start being more grateful for everything they have. The Fine Bros. also ask these teenagers very direct questions about how they would react if threatened by a terrorist and what they think of extremist religions as a whole.
“Hearing direct from a diverse range of U.S. teenagers makes for an episode we hope can be shared to continue this important conversation,” said Benny Fine in an email. And because of the Fine’s massive online video following, the conversation will most certainly be continued.
The brothers reach over over 13.5 million subscribers across three YouTube channels (the most recent of which, REACT, gained over 1 million subscribers alone in its first week). With those numbers, the duo can rest assured their efforts to bolster the discussion on equal education won’t be easily missed.