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The problem with young people is that they don't read the news.

Trae Cannonier and Dwayne Robinson aren't afraid to expose their fellow millennials — or anyone else.

The pair have propelled themselves into the public conscience with It's That Type of Party.

They appear as Dutch Pearman and Bruce Robinson in the series of candid web videos that address the island's ills; Bermuda's answer to The Daily Show.

“I think the biggest problem people have with us is they're misconceiving what we do,” said Mr Robinson, 22.

“This is our opinion. We don't try to replace the news. We don't try to news cast. It's a commentary meant to encourage dialogue.

“Our videos are to invoke a response to get you to get up and do something about what's happening in your country.”

Nothing is off limits. Hot topics such as the airport development and same-sex marriage, sit with commentary on racism.

The friends say they are not afraid to tackle the subjects that other outlets won't touch. Their granny-dumping video looked at treatment of the island's seniors; a video they are particularly proud of is an interview with the head of the Gaming Commission.

Shows titled The Slave Mentality and Are We Black Enough?, count among the most viewed.

“We tend to respond to what we feel the most passionate about and what we feel is most impactful to the country. It's not necessarily about the most views,” Mr Robinson said.

“The granny-dumping situation was something that was really annoying for us because it was something that wasn't being televised and nobody was really talking on it.”

Added 24-year-old Mr Cannonier: “One thing we've learnt is the more angry we make people, the better we're doing because if someone's not mad at what you're saying, then you're not telling the truth properly.

“Out of 14 people, three of them don't like us. We get a lot of negative feedback, but it's a lot more positive.”

The pair met through Raleigh International in 2012 and started broadcasting their skit comedy that same year. They took an extended break when Mr Cannonier got shingles in 2013.

“We were a lot less confrontational [at the start],” he said. “Something happened and we got really upset about it, so we kind of went on the offensive.”

The gloves came off in their Dutch Has a Political Meltdown!? video.

“I just let loose a tirade of emotion,” said Mr Robinson. “It became our most viewed video at the time, so then we decided if people respond to that then maybe we should switch our style to something more commentary-based.

“Then, we realised social commentary works because we did the video, Are We Black Enough?

For that episode, the friends shed their fake names and played themselves.

Mr Cannonier said they are often slapped with the OBA label because of his father, former premier Craig Cannonier.

But their liberal stance on gay marriage had one viewer comment about how his opinion differs from that of his dad's.

“I explain to them that my dad raised me to think for myself,” he said.

They challenge their viewers to do the same.

“Why don't you like the airport? Have you read the document?

“Do you understand why you don't like it rather than hearing it from your uncle's grandma's cousin?”

Mr Cannonier said too many people “take something at face value”.

“They'll read the headline and form an opinion without trying to understand the substance.

“That's the problem with young people. People my age legitimately don't know or don't care. That's why we started doing this.

“We're not trying to tell people what to think; we're trying to open up the conversation.”

He said that as they delve deeper, the online comments have turned into real-life threats.

“When people see two young, black males, having a platform, the first thing they expect to come out of our mouth is something that is extremely pro-black or extremely pro-PLP because, in this country, if you are black, then you should be standing with black people,” Mr Robinson said.

“We do.

“We are pro-black and we're also pro-Bermudian. All of our stuff is to get people to understand that you don't have to be bundled with a label to care about your country.

“We don't attack anyone as much as we challenge.

“The word attack is used when people feel like we're pushing buttons they don't like.”

Watch it on YouTube: It's That Type of Party

Raising issues: the pair have tackled topics such as race and same-sex marriage
Dwayne Robinson, left, and Trae Cannonier
Word of mouth: Dwayne Robinson, left, and Trae Cannonier have propelled themselves into the public conscience with It's That Type of Party

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Published May 19, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 19, 2017 at 8:54 am)

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