03/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Five Most Messed Up Kids on YouTube (VIDEO)

Every so often America births one of those trends that is truly inspired. Think representative democracy, industrialism, designer looks at discount prices, and now, at long last, filming your slightly impaired child and uploading it to the Internet for the world to see.

While the premise seems simple enough (alter child's mood, press record, repeat), the execution is key. It's not enough that your kid says the darndest thing -- to become a YouTube phenom you've got to push the limit past a Bill Cosby special and into Richard Prior territory. An element of parental neglect or future emotional scarring helps. Crass, you say? This is the Age of Entertainment, when everyone makes sacrifices for the audience's greater good.

Because at the end of the day, you're teaching your kid an important lesson by posting an embarrassing video of them on the Web: If you can't laugh at yourself, at least make it worth it by grabbing Dad a few million page views and maybe a modest stream of ad revenue. You know, for college.

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