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Elders React to Break the Internet

The Fine Bros' first foray into the new year brings us an interesting new "Elders React", with the subject being one of the most short-lived sensations of 2014 - Kim Kardashian's "Break the Internet" cover shoot for Paper Magazine.

The YouTube duo's team of middle-aged critics are all exposed to the increasingly revealing photos - and some, to Kim herself - for the first time. From the get-go the reaction is pretty divided; there's polite bewilderment from those who hadn't heard of her, and suppressed rage from the rest.

The video's first half, where one-by-one the Elders are exposed to the photos for the first time, is about as cringey as you might expect, particularly from some of the old dudes.

But in the Question Time segment of the video, after the initial reaction, things switch from cringey old people humour to an actually thoughtful discussion about the implications behind the shoot.

Many people have taken Kim's pride in her body as a reasonable justification for the photos, but the folks in the video are more confused by her motives. One man actually sums it up (a bit clumsily) by comparing the standards of Kim's personal brand to celebs who contribute more artistically, saying "If some great actress did it, yeah, I'd say that it was a cheap thing to do; but what she is and what she does, this is just part of the whole thing."

They also compare it to similar shots in the past from stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Demi Moore and even Burt Reynolds, contemplating whether those shots would have "broken the internet" - or if that would even have been the intent.

The Fine Bros even went so far as to bring up the controversy surrounding photographer Jean-Paul Goude's original, more exploitive version of the champagne photo, which instead featured a nude black woman in a collection titled "Jungle Fever". Really. At least these folks are willing to talk about the racial double standard.

Check out the full reaction and discussion in the 8-minute video below

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