Olivia Harvey
August 07, 2017 7:45 am
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Blackhead-blasting and cyst-squeezing videos are clogging the pores of the internet, and a lot of pickers and prodders can’t get enough of them. The latest video riding the sebum wave is one that shows a giant blackhead being extracted from someone’s ear. This thing is so big that it has two orifices — which leads to twice the popping fun grossness.

Many people can’t handle anything pimple-related. But chances are, if you clicked on this headline, you’re quite the opposite. You live for this kind of thing. So without further ado, let’s get this gross-yet-mesmerizing blackhead-picking show on the road.

WARNING: We don’t recommend that you watch this before lunch!

Pretty great, in a totally disgusting way, right?

But this raises the questions: Why do we like these kinds of videos?

Back in 2011, before pus became an internet celebrity, Salon talked to Daniel Kelly, an assistant professor of philosophy at Purdue University and author of Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust. Kelly explained that some reactions to things we find disgusting are innate and other disgust reactions are based on cultural and individual opinion. He uses the example of his love of eating bloody steak, while his vegetarian girlfriend is disgusted by it.

But when asked why American pop culture loves consuming disgusting media like gory horror films (and more recently, pimple popping videos), Kelly doesn’t have the most definitive answer.

In 2015, Kelly told Cosmopolitan.com that people’s obsession with pimple-popping videos is most likely rooted in thrill and adrenaline. “It’s the same kind of thrill people get from, say, riding a roller coaster or bungee jumping — it activates the experience the typically comes with a real kind of danger while actually being protected from the harmful effects typically associated with those situations,” he explained.

So basically, when we watch other people’s pimples being popped online, we’re living vicariously and virtually through them. Interesting!

Some get their kicks on rollercoasters, others get theirs watching a doctor taking a knife to someone’s blackhead. Hey, to each their own, right? Rock on sebum lovers. You keep doing you.