The Norris Nuts are family vloggers living in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. The family consists of:
Brooke Norris - kids call her Mama, Mum, or Slendermum
Justin Norris - Brooke calls him Papa, the kids call him by his given name
Cerrus "Sockie" (15)
Coda "Biggy" (13)
Disco (3.) Yes, this is his real name, in one vlog it was seen on his medical file in a doctor's office.
Liz "Flizzy" - Brooke's mother, who lives next door and features in some of their content
The Norris Nuts' fanbase are known as "Legends."
Background / Bio
Brooke and Justin are both former competitive swimmers. Justin won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. They met through swimming when they were children. According to Brooke, Justin initially had a crush on her friend; but when they were 20-21, they kissed after "a drunk spew" and a few weeks later, she "made" him marry her. Never let it be said romance is dead.
Justin previously owned a swim school, but sold it to focus on his family and YouTube. Brooke worked as a radiographer before quitting to become a full time SAHM. Initially they had four children but then, when the family became successful on YouTube, they decided they wanted a late baby and had two more in rapid succession. Brooke has said she would like another child, but accepts it may not happen as she has had problems conceiving with IVF.
Their YouTube channel was initially called "Sabre Norris", then "Sabre Norris and the Norris Nuts", and focused on Sabre who at the time was competing as a surfer. After she gave up surfing and began to lose interest in being on YouTube, the focus shifted towards family vlogs, games, pets, and new babies. Currently, the Norrises have five active channels and a number of other cash-ins.
Brooke has hinted that from 2023 onwards she will no longer appear on YouTube due to her struggles with a chronic illness. Sabre has also begun appearing in videos less often, in January 2023 she will be 18 and by that time may want to think about moving out or doing something else with her life. It remains to be seen whether the Norris Nuts will, in fact, slow down or stop making content.
Family health issues
Brooke suffers with chronic illness which causes fatigue and limits her mobility. Sabre has several health problems including a Chiari malformation (which puts pressure on the spine), delayed growth, and late puberty. She has said that she quit skating and surfing, which she was previously passionate about, partly for health reasons. Sockie and Biggy have been to doctors as well because of their delayed growth and late puberty. This appears to be genetic since Brooke had it too, but may be exacerbated by the family's poor diet - see below.
Disco was late in learning to walk and talk, and his verbal abilities appear to be below what would be expected for his age. Sockie has indications of what may be autism or ADHD, it's not clear whether she has ever been tested for these. Justin has been diagnosed with depression and all three of the older girls show signs of poor mental health. The whole family's medical concerns have been detailed extensively on YouTube, as has Brooke's IVF and the births of Disco and Charm. They have even shared a video of Justin in an ICU, which you would expect to be the last place his family would want cameras.
The Norrises have a history of getting a new pet, temporarily using it for views, and then neglecting it / leaving it to die. The only exception so far is Winky whom Sockie genuinely loves and takes care of. Since being on YouTube they have had the following pets:
- Puppy bought from a puppy farm - highly unethical, and are illegal in Victoria where the puppy farm is based. Bubba was killed just days later, in front of the children, in an unspecified "accident" involving Justin. See below for more on her demise.
- Another dog bought from the same puppy farm as Bubba. Has thus far survived despite Justin making it very clear he doesn't like Winky, Sockie loves training him and has entered him in competitions.
Baz and Cheddar
- Guinea pigs which Naz was finally allowed to get after three years or so of asking. The Norrises bought Baz and Cheddar without doing research, and admitted they didn't know how to keep guinea pigs. The only reason they got both was because their followers (most of whom are children) pointed out that guinea pigs must be kept in pairs or groups. B&C have escaped on multiple occasions because they're kept in a horrible little cage/hutch outdoors. At one point, the Norris Nuts lost Baz under the house causing permanent injury to him.
- Naz's pet fish which sadly died and her subsequent distressed reaction was put on YouTube for the world to see. Fishy was severely underfed (read: starved) and the Norrises did not bother to clean his tank. Naz had a couple of other fish that died in short order as well.
- German Shepherd bought by the NN as a guard dog. German Shepherds are known to be aggressive with other dogs, it is not recommended to keep them with smaller breeds (like Winky) unless properly trained. They also need a lot of care and attention; the Norris Nuts have a history of neglecting pets
The Norris Nuts run the following channels:
- Main channel - Mostly consists of vlogs and "challenges" where the kids compete against each other.
- Norris Nuts Do Stuff - Random things like reaction videos, individual vlogs, the kids doing crafts, and so on.
- Norris Nuts Clips - Short videos
- Norris Nuts Cooking - Anything to do with food / cooking; mostly run by Sockie
- Norris Nuts Gaming - Mostly the kids playing Roblox, which Biggy is especially fond of.
They previously ran three other channels that are no longer active. They also have many other ventures, including a clothing line and releasing music. Their content has changed drastically from the early days of their channel, when they posted casual family vlogs and content focused on Sabre's surfing.
The Norris Nuts release a video on their main channel about once a week. These videos are usually family vlogs or some kind of "challenge." The challenges involve things like trying unusual food, or "last to leave" where the kids compete to see who can tolerate something the longest (e.g. staying in one room.) Brooke likes making the challenges impossible to win just to torment the kids. She encourages them to "snitch" on each other for supposedly breaking the rules of the game, so they can get their siblings eliminated. Some challenges are dangerous (e.g. risky behaviour in a pool), unhealthy (e.g. binge eating junk food), or inconsiderate (e.g. making a mess in Flizzy's house or running around shouting in busy public places.)
Brooke and Justin have been criticised because they often publish content that is potentially intrusive, embarrassing, or otherwise unfair to the children. Examples include repeated focus on the kids' health problems (especially Sabre's) or a video of Naz becoming deeply distressed when Fishy died. Many of the Norris Nuts' most "popular" and liked videos are those showing the kids crying or upset.
The Norris Nuts went through a stage of Squid Game
-themed content for clicks, there is no evidence that the children were allowed to watch the show but it's irresponsible given that much of their fanbase is young teenagers or pre-teens.
It is very evident from the Norris Nuts YouTube that Sockie is Brooke's favourite child. Brooke tolerates behaviour from Sockie that she wouldn't accept in the other children (such as yelling and attention-hogging in videos), and Sockie has had more spent on her than the others, including renovating the house so she could have her own kitchen. Disco is another favoured child and was allowed to blow out the candles on Naz's birthday cake and eat her Easter chocolate.
The children are all home educated, however the quality of this education is questionable. The kids demonstrate poor spelling, grammar, and handwriting as does Brooke who is supposedly the one teaching them. For example:
Apart from Sabre, who has friends she hangs out with and seemingly has/had a boyfriend, most of the kids have little interaction with anyone outside the family. It is crucial for home educated children to mix with others and develop social skills, there are many groups and organisations devoted to this.
The older kids have a lack of privacy as they all share a bedroom. 13 year old Biggy still shares with his older sisters, even though Sabre and Sockie have delayed puberty this must be beyond embarrassing for them. They have tried to ask for separate bedrooms several times. All the older children act "young" for their age and demonstrate overly sheltered behaviour, this is especially apparent when you consider what year they'd be in if they went to school. Biggy and Sockie in particular have demonstrated a lack of emotional control (crying and throwing tantrums over things like losing a challenge), Biggy could not tie his shoelaces at the age of 11-12. Sockie is mature and good with the younger children, but has struggled with basic things like doing her own hair as she said Brooke always did it for her.
Brooke likes to be in charge in the household and is often openly disrespectful of Justin on camera, or acts like he's not even there. She encourages the kids to report on each other for breaking her many house rules, so that they can get "respect" (Sabre's words) and will be favoured in the next challenge.
Brooke and Justin have often asked their fans to comment giving advice on matters such as whether the family should get a pet or allow the older girls to date. This is something they, as parents, should be deciding - not asking strangers for input. Most of the "Legends" are young teenagers or pre-teens themselves.
Child labour concerns
The Norris Nuts' influencer "career" (mainly YouTube, but including other social media and selling things that no one would buy if not for their YouTube presence) is their sole source of income. Sockie, Biggy, and Naz (and to a lesser extent Sabre) are responsible for most of the filming and editing. They're effectively the only ones bringing in money, despite Biggy and Naz being too young to work even a part-time job legally. In this video
, Sockie said that editing alone takes around four hours per video.
The older kids have all chosen to be on YouTube - unlike some family vloggers who push their clearly unwilling children to do it. But Brooke and Justin could hire an editor for them (something Brooke herself has suggested before), and ensure the kids spend more time on education and normal teenage activities. As the Norris Nuts have become less able to provide constant content due to health issues and new babies, they have become increasingly desperate for subscribers and clicks. This includes outright begging people to subscribe, and the videos (challenges especially) becoming more and more painfully staged. It's questionable whether this is necessary, as Brooke and Justin were already wealthy before YouTube.
As well as content creation, the children have many household chores. They do a lot of the cooking and cleaning, take care of the pets, and Sabre and Sockie are often asked to look after Disco and Charm. Brooke, in particular, doesn't seem to acknowledge that her kids are both running the household and earning the money. She likes to act magnanimous when she allows them treats or "surprises", yet these things are bought with money the children themselves earned.
Unhealthy eating habits and attitude to food
The Norris Nuts are often seen to eat meals consisting of processed/microwaved vegetables or ready-washed salads, and nothing else. Some of these meals (such as an individual packet of steamed vegetables) would come in at around 100 calories or fewer. The children need more food than average as they are all very physically active, and Sabre, Sockie, and Biggy have delayed growth and are underweight. They were previously told by a doctor that Sabre needed better nutrition to grow.
Brooke has very strict rules about food which include no sweets or snacks, and is very critical if she thinks these rules have been broken. The older children have talked about calorie counting, and eating calorie-controlled or low-fat ready meals. It is not advisable to encourage calorie counting in teenagers unless recommended by a doctor. Brooke's food rules do not apply to Disco and Charm, who are often seen to eat junk food. They are also given Powerade water to drink which is not healthy for a toddler.
However, the older kids are allowed to eat junk for vlogs and a number of the "challenges" involve bingeing, even to the point of throwing up. One example is a video where Sabre, Sockie, Biggy, and Naz all ate between 80-95 chicken nuggets each
and became very sick. The fact that the kids are not overweight doesn't make this any less unhealthy. They have demonstrated disordered eating behaviour such as bingeing of their own accord (i.e. not as part of the challenges) and sneaking food.
Brooke has repeatedly made negative comments about Justin's weight on camera. In older videos it was common for the children to make fun of his weight as well, with neither parent telling them to stop. He has now had a huge weight loss of what looks like around 30kg in just a few months. This might be due to his medication as he'd been placed on SSRIs (antidepressants) which can very often cause weight loss. But the environment they portray in their videos is very conducive to eating disorders.
Scenes that should have been left on the cutting room floor
These are just a few examples of things the Norris Nuts have included in videos that are potentially unfair to the children and/or should not be shown to an audience of millions.
- Sabre having blood drawn during a medical check, causing Sockie to have a panic attack because she's scared of blood. Yes they filmed all this and put it online.
- Biggy singing a cheerful song about Justin's depression and saying Justin had threatened to kill himself. Evidently, this had been discussed in front of the children and Biggy didn't understand the seriousness of it.
- Biggy getting upset when he saw a range of dolls with Down's Syndrome and saying he found them scary and ugly. Since the kids' lives are so sheltered, he's likely never met anyone with Down's Syndrome; and it's apparent his parents have not taught him about disability. This was later edited out of the video in question, but why was it included in the first place?
- The kids talking about sperm and Justin's "sperm swimming" in a video about Brooke having IVF.
- Sabre stuffing her bra and saying she feels insecure about her body.
- Discussion of Sabre's first period. She started her periods very late because of her delayed puberty, so this was a positive sign that her health was improving - but is it something you want the world to know about your teenage daughter?
- Bodily functions, including the dog vomiting (with no warning for those with emetophobia), and Disco's potty training. An Instagram clip showing the contents of the potty was thankfully removed.
- Justin saying adamantly that he did not want another child after Disco. How might Charm feel about seeing that when she's older? It was recorded before she was born, but they could at least take the video down or edit it.
- Criticising Naz for "sexy eyes" (she was trying to imitate model-like gestures for the camera) and "scandalous clothing" (a tank top that was a little too revealing for her age.) Using shaming language, and attributing sexualised behaviour to their 11-year-old daughter. Why not just tell her off-camera that the top wasn't suitable?
- A video in which Biggy said (referring to a scene in a movie) that someone in full coverage clothing looked like a terrorist. It raises questions about what Brooke and Justin have said in Biggy's earshot.
Examples of Brooke guilt-tripping or manipulating the kids
Brooke has repeatedly been seen to guilt-trip and emotionally manipulate the children. She also upsets or misleads them so they will get upset and she can film it to bring in YouTube views. Here are some examples:
- As above: Letting Sockie get so upset during Sabre's blood draw that she had a panic attack.
- Falsely telling Sabre that she had to fast before a dental operation, and making Sabre sit there miserably while the family enjoyed a nice meal. This is Brooke's idea of a funny prank, she got the other kids involved as well.
- Many other examples of mean "pranks" played on the kids, including one on Biggy's birthday. Usually getting the other kids and / or Justin in on it, so the subject of the prank feels piled on.
- Introducing spiteful "twists" or surprises during challenges, designed to make them impossible to win or eliminate the kids.
- Convincing the kids that Justin would become seriously ill or die because of his weight and / or smoking, then filming them crying so she could post it on YouTube.
- Brooke had symptoms that could indicate cancer, and had to have tests done. When she came out of the appointment she made the kids wait to be told the result, rather than reassuring them. Justin was involved too as he was with her and clearly knew she was OK.
- Making Naz feel guilty for buying Disco the "wrong" birthday present, Brooke said Naz had selfishly chosen something she wanted rather than what Disco would like. Naz clearly had no intention of this, and got very upset.
- Telling the kids they had "ruined Christmas" and were being greedy just because they were excited, again making them cry and filming it.
Death of BubbaWARNING for discussion of animal cruelty and death.
The Norris Nuts decided to get a dog, despite Justin not liking dogs and Biggy being scared of them. As usual when they buy a pet, they did not do any research. On June 30, 2021 they announced they had bought a puppy from a "puppy farm" in Melbourne. Puppy farms are highly unethical, and are also illegal in Victoria. Brooke justified buying from one because she thinks shelter animals have skin diseases. She and Justin spent several thousand dollars on the dog (Bubba) and flew her over to them - a long flight is traumatic for a young puppy. A timeline of events:
Bubba likely arrived with the Norris Nuts during this time. In the video announcing Bubba's arrival, Brooke displayed
materials sent by the puppy farm, which said that Bubba would be able to go to her new home from June 25.
Likely date of Bubba's death, which the Norris Nuts have said was five days after she came home.
The Norris Nuts posted a video showing the family looking for Baz the guinea pig after he escaped. Although it's not clear when the video was filmed, we believe it was after Bubba's death. In the video Naz got upset when she thought she had stepped on Baz, this would make sense if Justin stepped on Bubba (see below.) Brooke also suggested that Naz wouldn't cope well if anything happened to "another" pet - note that this was years after Fishy. If it's true that Baz's escape was after Bubba died, this means that even though the family dog just died in a preventable accident, they were still
being careless with the guinea pigs.
The Norris Nuts posted a video about surprising the kids with Bubba.
Tattlers believe from evidence in the Norris Nuts' videos that Winky arrived during this time period.
The Norris Nuts posted the first of several videos that week showing them at home with Bubba. During this time, they sold merchandise with her on it, and asked what content fans wanted to see them make with Bubba.
Announcement of Bubba's death. Depending on when she arrived, this means they didn't break the news of her death until 2-3 weeks later. Up to that point, their fans were led to believe she was still alive.
The Norris Nuts announced they had bought Winky from the same puppy farm as Bubba.
The Norris Nuts have said that Bubba died in a "tragic accident" involving Justin; but did not give any more details. There is a rumour that they posted on Instagram that Justin had stepped on Bubba while moving furniture (they were moving house at the time); but quickly deleted it. Whatever the circumstances of Bubba's death, she was evidently not being kept in a safe place e.g. in one room or in a pen, during the chaos of the move.
In the video announcing Bubba's death, Brooke and Justin said that the children were present when Bubba died and it was too late to take her to a vet. Brooke and Justin showed little remorse and said Bubba's death was no one's fault. In reality she was kept in a hectic, potentially dangerous environment and no one was looking after her properly. It's also suspicious given their history of treating animals poorly, and Justin making it clear that he does not like dogs.
Brooke and Justin pretended that Bubba was alive so they could make money (potentially over $100,000) from her through videos and merchandise. Their children had to go along with this as well, and had to edit the videos with Bubba in, knowing she was already dead. The Norris Nuts' fanbase is mostly young teenagers and tweens - so Brooke and Justin also encouraged other people's children to get attached to Bubba, only to be told she'd died. They repeated the deeply manipulative statement that "real Legends won't judge." They also tried to deflect criticism by saying that rather than lie, they chose to be honest with their fans and admit Justin caused the accident. Why then did they lie for weeks about Bubba still being alive?
When the Norris Nuts first got Winky, Biggy and Sabre demonstrated insensitive reactions, and talked as if pets should be instantly replaceable and always convenient to one's lifestyle. We can imagine why they have developed this kind of attitude after growing up with Brooke and Justin.
Other controversiesBaby loss video
The Norris Nuts posted a video with a title implying Brooke had a miscarriage, accompanied by a dramatic thumbnail. In fact, she'd had an unsuccessful round of IVF. Despite the family's very real grief, they extended the video to 10 minutes and included two ad breaks to make maximum revenue from it. The video included reactions from the children crying and Biggy sadly asking if he were somehow responsible. Yet again making money from the children's distress.
Filming the children crying
The Norris Nuts often share videos of the children crying or distressed. On multiple occasions, they have announced family tragedies via a monetised video with heavy focus on the crying. As stated, this includes the deaths of pets, and Brooke learning she'd been unsuccessful with IVF. Brooke and Justin have said that they want to portray an honest impression of their family's ups and downs, rather than an artificially perfect image for social media. While those are good intentions, it doesn't require that they stick a camera in the faces of their distraught children and then monetise the footage.
Brooke and Justin have also used the children's reactions to potentially serious or distressing news for clicks/views, see "Examples of Brooke guilt-tripping or manipulating the kids." They will always put "crying" in the title of a video because they know it gets attention - even if crying is only seen briefly / isn't the focus of a video.
Gordon Ramsay auction
One of the Norris Nuts' many "challenges" involved asking the children to make a wish, and the winner would have their wish granted by Brooke and Justin. Sockie won, and her wish was to meet Gordon Ramsay. So they raised $50,000 dollars in fan donations to give her the winning bid in a charity auction to meet him. Not only was this challenge obviously rigged, but it came across as unfair because Brooke and Justin had repeatedly refused to pay a few bucks to give Naz guinea pigs.
Txunamy Ortiz is an American social media star, her family ("Familia Diamond") are also family vloggers and she is known for her own content as well. She is Biggy's pen pal; he has a huge crush on her and wants to meet her in person. Txunamy has repeatedly appeared in, or been mentioned in, the Norris Nuts videos with the whole family trying to get her attention. (Isn't it embarrassing for your teenage son to have his parents and siblings getting involved?) Her Mum, Esthalla encourages it too and has done things like a "prank" video where she filled Txunamy's room with photos of Biggy.
This started when Biggy and Txunamy were both 10-11 years old, they are now 13 and it's still going on. Over time it has become increasingly apparent that Txunamy is not comfortable with it - she often gets comments and messages from "Legends" asking her about Biggy as well. This also further demonstrates that Biggy has a woeful lack of social interaction outside of the family, and there's nowhere for him to meet girls other than online. Brooke and Esthalla appear to be pushing this "storyline" for views / likes, long past the point where it should have stopped.
NNT aka Abbie runs a YouTube channel dedicated to the Norris Nuts, and promotes it as the most popular / influential fan account. She has been accused of profiting off the Norris Nuts by re-uploading large parts of their videos to her own channel - including milking Bubba's death for clicks, just like her idols themselves did! And by selling her own merch line based on the Norris Nuts. She has now been demonetised by YouTube.
Shopping centre security risk
The Norris Nuts have been criticised over the fact that some of their challenges involved suspicious behaviour in a shopping centre. One video involved Brooke trying to track down the kids via text notifications whenever they spent money on her credit card, this led to them running out of stores and looking like shoplifters. Another video involved the kids carrying a loud timer that could have been mistaken for a bomb. One of these "challenges" led to security getting called - Sockie said so in a later video, although she didn't indicate what happened and it was edited out of the challenge video on YouTube.
The Norris Nuts have wanted to move to Queensland for a long time. They even bought another multi-million dollar "dream home" there and then realised that it would take too long to renovate.
Concerns have been expressed for the children's safety because the Norris Nuts' address is public knowledge. They also like to film themselves around the neighbourhood and in local shops, etc. so anyone can find them. On one occasion where Baz and Cheddar escaped, the Norris Nuts claimed an intruder had let the guinea pigs out (although it wasn't the first time B&C had escaped.) In a separate incident, the family car and garage door were destroyed in what appears to be a deliberate fire.
Brooke and Justin have been reported to CPS by viewers, thus far nothing has ever come of it.
Critical comments frequently disappear from underneath the Norris Nuts' YouTube videos especially those about Bubba. We don't know whether the Norris Nuts themselves delete them and / or the "Legends" (who can be very defensive) report them.
Biggy has an annoying habit of yelling "STAY SHRIMPY!" out of the car window at random drivers. This also risks distracting someone and causing an accident.
Note: most of these were coined by people on other sites, we just think they're funny.
- Broom, Slendermum. The kids themselves came up with "Slendermum"
- Just an Employee (which is how Brooke treats him)
- Labour (on account of her being often expected to take care of pets, younger siblings, etc. by herself)
We Can't Believe It's Not Bubba