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Just select ‘Options’ next to Text comments and tick the option to Hide Comments. There’s also an option to filter “coarse language and racial slurs”, according to Google Operating System, but that doesn’t seem to appear on every video. For a more sophisticated approach to managing YouTube comments, check out the previously mentioned Comment Snob extension.
Angus has been writing professionally about technology since 1994 and breaking it for even longer. He is based in Sydney but spends a frankly unhealthy portion of his life on the road, tracking down the latest stories. In 2011, he won the IT Journo Award For Best Consumer Technology Journalist and Consensus IT Writers Award for Best Technical Writer for his work on Lifehacker; about time too.