Or: "OMG OMG! That's like, so totally, like, WRONG!!"
I'm only just dipping into the whole weirded-out YouTube community phenomenon with all its video replies to video replies to video blogs to...
So I'd never heard of "lonelygirl15". But what a weird trip this is. Not homegirl herself - but all the stuff in response to it. Funny stuff for if you've got time to waste. You gotta see some of these videos below! especially the bravesgirl5 and renetto ones
So first, background: "lonelygirl15"? First I heard was when I was sitting in the coffeehouse reading The Guardian like a good would-be intellectual:
Cult blog a fake, admit 'lonelygirl' creators
Dan Glaister in Los Angeles
Saturday September 9, 2006
A series of videos showing a 16-year-old girl opining about life, relationships, planets, cookies and religion from the orderly confines of her bedroom somewhere in smalltown America has become the pop culture hit of the summer.
The short video blog postings by lonelygirl15 on the YouTube website have attracted millions of viewers since they started appearing in May. But the postings' polished nature and the intriguing inconsistencies in the stories led many to suspect that lonelygirl15 was fake.
"Bree", the "girl" in the videos, appears older than 16. One in particular, in which she goes swimming with her friend Daniel, resembles a pop video more than a blog.
Some bloggers suggested she was part of a viral marketing campaign for a film or computer game, the successor to that used to promote the 1999 film The Blair Witch Project.
Yesterday her "creators" came clean, admitting the site was fake. In a posting on lonelygirl15.com labelled "A message from the creators", the unnamed makers of the videos adopted a more conventional entertainment industry tone. "Thank you for enjoying our show so far. We are amazed by the overwhelmingly positive response to our videos; it has exceeded our wildest expectations."
They went on to address some of the speculation about the videos: were they promoting a film or a reality TV show? Was some corporate behemoth behind the venture? And who the heck is lonelygirl15 anyway? According to the creators, the enterprise is far larger than any of that.
"With your help we believe we are witnessing the birth of a new art form," they wrote. On the question of lonelygirl15's identity, the creators attempted to invest her with everyman qualities.
"Lonelygirl15 is a reflection of everyone. She is no more real or fictitious than the portions of our personalities that we choose to show (or hide) when we interact with the people around us."
But there were signs that the admission that the site is a fake and the pretensions of the "creators" could backfire. In attempting to harness the interactive power of an online community there is a danger that consumers may decide they do not like being fooled.
The first posted response to the statement came from Alissa Brooke, a blogger who has hosted a forum on the lonelygirl15 phenomenon. She simply wrote: "Well, that's no fun any more."
The identity of the creators of lonelygirl15 remains a mystery. In their statement they claim to be film makers, not computer programmers, adding: "We want you to know that we aren't a big corporation. We are just like you."
But internet sleuths have established that emails sent by lonelygirl15 came from the powerful Creative Artists Agency in Hollywood, and that lonelygirl15 was registered as a trademark by a California lawyer two weeks ago.
There are "signs that the admission that the site is a fake .. could backfire", the Guardian's intrepid LA reporter wrote. Well, now we know more about the response.
This here is bravesgirl5 - who must
also hail from Southern California -
and she is pissed!!
And yes, she will read out the whole post from "the creators" (not always effortlessly).. because, like, it was breaking news, you know (and we cant just read it ourselves, obviously). But keep listening to her interjecting remarks
[01:27]"Oh really! You didnt think we figured that out, did ya?! <low whisper> bitches..</low whisper> [..]
[02:53]OK! We're not getting "paid", dude <makes quotation mark gesture with fingers>.
You.. deceived us, that is no way to pay us for our effort.
And - you know ... it just sucks - because there's so many people who made video responses - including me, but I deleted that <waving gesture>! But there's so many people who made video responses to lonelygirl's videos - everything - and, you know what, they're gonna feel stupid now, because they got caught up in the drama and you know what
- <swallows> -
you cant do that to somebody!
OK, so now
... this being the internet... bravesgirl5
is a phenomenon. Her response stands at 185,087 views and 974 comments.
And: 42 video responses
to bravesgirl's video response to lonelygirl's makers.
Obviously, people (like me, and you reading this) have waaay too much time on their hands. The whole thing is hilarious though. Check, first of all, this dude, with the best parody of the lot (now standing at 93,000+ views itself):
Renetto: LonelyGirl15 is a FAKE...!!!
Others who caught bravegirl's "outing" of the lonelygirl scandal could only respond wordlessly, doing within 52 seconds
what's only left to do..
Panic spreads - who is real? Who is not? 45 year old Kenrg from Santa Cruz is real
One "VideoViper" did a clever "Scandal" imitation movie trailer
, a "4QFilms" did an imitation "all revealed" showbizz news
While meanwhile, Renetto's video response to bravegirl's videoresponse to lonelygirl's makers has... 47 video responses
. (What did you think I was going to say?)
Basically, the narcissistic generation of new internet nerds seem to have invented the perpetuum mobile after all. (A page like that with all those thumbnail pics of the makers is in itself something of a social art project).
And yes, apart from these parodies, there are
, in fact, dozen after dozen of heartfelt and serious expressions of anger at the lonelygirl fake and discussions of what it all means, and what YouTubers in turn think of how all those other YouTubers have reacted and..
Its up to an, err.. thumb-like thingie to talk sense
Back to nimh..
OK, so -- like, I'm just, like --you know, I mean -- what?
all these people?