Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Up until recently, this fascination with roasting has largely been something either seen on TV or experienced at adult gatherings like bachelor and bachelorette parties. But now, kids are getting in on the action through social media, and it has experts worried. According to ABC News , this version of roasting involves kids uploading videos to their social media — like YouTube, Instagram Twitter and Reddit, for example — and inviting their friends and strangers to roast them online, usually under the hashtag roastme. Teenagers, naked photos and cyberbullying. And while some comments may be light-hearted or mild, others can be mean and hurtful.
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The spirit of r/RoastMe
They came in slowly at first. But soon they picked up speed, arriving in their tens, twenties, and thirties. It was wild.
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A roast is a form of humor in which a specific individual, a guest of honor, is subjected to jokes at their expense, intended to amuse the event's wider audience. Such events are intended to honor a specific individual in a unique way. In addition to jokes and insult comedy , such events may also involve genuine praise and tributes. The implication is that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult. The individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a "roast". The host of the event is called the " roastmaster ". Anyone who is mocked in such a way is said to have been "roasted". Dean Martin hosted a series of roasts on television in as part of the final season of his self-titled variety show. The humor at these broadcast tributes was far tamer than the sometimes extremely vulgar and explicit language of the private, non-televised ones.
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