June 23, 2007

Lonelygirl15 reincarnated as AngryLittleGirl

Razib points me to a YouTube clip of a 18 y.o. girl promoting scientism over religious superstition. It seems like just a boring reminder of how cool you think you are at that age, as if it took balls to rail against organized religion -- a real iconoclast these days has bigger fish to fry. However, on watching several more of AngryLittleGirl's clips, my bullshit detector went screaming. If I had to bet, I'd say this is another lonelygirl15 hoax designed to appeal to geeky male loners aged 25 to 55. Her hook is blabbing about her atheism and civil libertarianism, so the target audience is the type who you'd expect to be a permanent student activist or work at an independent / used bookstore [1]. I'll review some suspicious features from several of her earliest clips -- when any giveaways are unlikely to have been anticipated or caught due to the inexperience of her and her crew in passing off fiction as reality [2].

For one thing, the content and form are so caricatured that it sounds like a hack's script of a smart but bratty teenager. I know plenty of those, and though they are annoying, this girl does appear to be very exaggerated. Furthermore, she typically talks for minutes on end without the awkward pauses, "ums," "ahs," "y'know," "the thing is," and so on, that anyone who isn't a professional actor or public speaker would have used repeatedly.

In A Rant Goes Wrong, she says that others have doubted whether she's real, since she tends to look off-camera (perhaps to read the script, get direction, etc.). Her lame response is that she's looking into the flip-out part of her video recorder, admiring how sexy she is. Bitch please. For an example of her repeatedly looking off-camera, see My Religious Background, where it does appear that she keeps looking to her left, and that her eyes make "I'm reading text" movements. In Now You Know, she makes up a statistic (that 95% of Americans are scientifically illiterate) and then chastises the viewer at length if they believed her, making liberal use of the word "gullible." That's exactly what someone is if they don't at least raise their eyebrows when watching her clips. Perhaps this is intended as an irony by her writers.

Another red flag is how the Back to the Future poster in her room is placed, and she is positioned, so that it's almost always entirely visible. It's announcing itself too loudly, again to get the attention of the nerd and geek audience -- "Wow, she likes Back to the Future too!" It's as subtle as a gun over the mantle in a Chekhov play. In general, the shooting and editing of the early clips are too professional to be the product of a high school senior. While the editing techniques aren't mind-blowing, they are noticeably the result of someone who's been to film school or had sufficient training. Since this may not be obvious, just compare such clips to any of those from a typical 18 y.o., or indeed of anyone without professional training. There is usually no editing at all, and if there is, it is very choppy rather than seamless. This is especially true in "confessional" clips, where the person usually just talks to the camera in an unbroken recording. It requires plenty of deliberate effort to break up her confessionals with gimmicky edits.

As an example, see The International Square Earth Society -- there are far too many edits for a high schooler to have bothered with, let alone achieve the level of at least a film school graduate. Evolution Revealed is another heavily edited and stylized clip. She's supposedly taking 4 or 5 AP classes, volunteers, etc., and yet has sufficient time to take on large film editing projects? C'mon! Now, in later clips, judging from the titles, she tries to prove that she isn't fake. I'm not going to waste any more time watching those as well, since the evidence from her early clips is overwhelming.

The internet, and YouTube in particular, have made possible a new trope: a naturally occurring Galatea. That is, it was always possible through literature, sculpture, film, and so on, for loners to create their image of the perfect woman, but it's hard to get past the awareness that she is a figment of the creator's imagination. YouTube confessionals are presumably only made by real-life people, so that a person can anticipate what qualities a loner would endow his perfect woman with and hire a convincing actress to play that part. Thus, those watching her videos get the satisfaction of spying on and being talked to by their dream girl, safe in their belief that she isn't a fiction. The trouble is that someone will always be willing to throw open the curtains and show that the whole thing was a hoax, leaving them adrift in disappointment. That happened with lonelygirl15, and it will happen with AngryLittleGirl as well.

[1] She's like a somewhat less ugly version of real-life Jacqueline Passey. Interestingly, the actress playing AngryLittleGirl is convincing due to her higher level of biological masculinity. She has a fairly masculine jaw-line for an 18 y.o. girl, and just watch An American Girl, where she makes her hands visible throughout. If you pause this clip at 4:27, you can see that on her right hand her ring finger is noticeably longer than her index finger. This is a masculine digit ratio. It would require a female that far into the right tail of the testosterone distribution to acquire an interest in male geek topics.

[2] There are, though, three major improvements since the lonelygirl15 hoax: 1) the lighting is more typical of someone's room, rather than professional; 2) there are no passing references to the supernatural; and 3) they hired a girl who is only semi-cute rather than breathtakingly beautiful.

Addendum: I already mentioned the "gullible" motif from "Now You Know," but I didn't mention that in that clip she says that if you're gullible enough to swallow any old factoid uncritically, then you're also gullible enough to be brainwashed by religion. Maybe that's the point of her persona: to show that atheists, who pride themselves on questioning everything, will eagerly eat up a fiction, no matter how egregiously affected her mannerisms, as long as it makes them feel good inside -- in this case, from the belief or faith that a girl like her exists somewhere out there and might even date them.

Whether or not her writers are that clever, there is another obvious instance of beating the atheists with their own stick: namely, that mass media outlets like YouTube are the opiate of the atheist male masses, lulling them into inaction as they give up on real-life girls, preferring daily fixes of AngryLittleGirl instead. In this respect, she far exceeds lonelygirl15 as voyeuristic geek porn.

23 comments:

  1. Views can be deceiving, pause at 2:53 and look at her right hand, index is bigger.

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  2. 2:53 on Razib's... although...

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  3. Well whatever about that, I admire your detective abilities dude! My own digit ratio clearly dulled my intellect, especially her Cameron Diaz of a sister(?).

    I think 'Truth' was an inspired piece (truly). She clearly made herself uglier on purpose to highlight the other girl who didn't say much, who kind of 'nodded along' as if to say 'I agree with all this nerdy stuff, I like hearing about it and agreeing with it, but don't talk much, and am hot' - the perfect nerd girlfriend.

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  4. they hired a girl who is only semi-cute rather than breathtakingly beautiful.

    dude, she is a *lot* better looking than lonely girl 15. Lonely girl had kind of weird eyes. This one is all pouty and whatnot. See for ex here:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=7tqcZ7Ils84

    I thought you were into the brunettes?

    --gc

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  5. I do dig brunettes, but lonelygirl15 was brunette as well -- somewhat light brown, but definitely not blonde. Her face is so much more beautiful than that of AngryLittleGirl... but perhaps a preference for very large eyes is a green-beard effect (see my profile pic).

    IIRC, you're into the dark Celtic look, so maybe that's the diff.

    Anyway, yeah, AngryLittleGirl's attitude is more saucy, but it's combined with an undeserved haughtiness that kills the pouty appeal, at least for me. Maybe you can overlook toe-curling character flaws as long as the girl is hot, but I'd end up purposefully spilling my drink all over her by the end of a first date.

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  6. This is hilarious, I remember checking out the blasphemy challenge videos after reading an article about it, wanting to see who would bother with it, my attention gradually drifted to rating the hotness of the minority of girls who submitted videos.
    Amusing to see someone seize on the business potential of this tendency.

    Any thoughts on the looks of the girls in the pro and anti blasphemy videos? I was anticipating mostly dorky, masculine, misanthrope girls in the pro videos, and while that expectation was met I was still surprised to see some rather striking ones (assortive mating effect? brainier reject religion, brainier also prettier?) but the girls in the opposition videos seemed to be significantly hotter on average. No doubt "saving souls" is a more typically feminine interest than vitriolic religion bashing.

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  7. "they are noticeably the result of someone who's been to film school"

    Seriously? I'll bet even you could make those edits after an afternoon with an iMac.

    Is she an actress? I don't know, but nothing you've said is proof. You're too gullible.

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  8. Ok. I am being one hundred percent truthful in saying that I know Jessica, a.k.a., AngryLittleGirl. She is a real person and not an actress! She goes to my school, Rancho Bernardo High School in Rancho Bernardo (which is a suburb of San Diego, and was in my AP Spanish Class. She graduated this year already. She's defenitely playing herself in the videos, but, she might be exagerrating her personality a bit because in Spanish class she is very quiet and not outgoing at all. I was in shock when I saw these videos because it is like a completely different person. We were friends in Spanish and I knew she was an athiest like me, but I never knew she could be so funny and ballsy. I just wanted to let the author know that Jessica is definitely real and makes these videos by herself, but she might be exagerrating her personality a bit to make her videos more popular.

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  9. I went to HS with her and she was a total loner, in fact I didn't even know she existed until a friend emailed her youtube page. then I saw her at graduation and couldn't believe it was her. She’s really cute on video but only so-so in person. i do remember her in my classes but she was just a face in the crowd and never did anything to stand out. she's on fire and i love her videos and the fact that she dares to let her beliefs known (so publicly). i was very popular and bit of a class clown but no way do i have the guts to do what she does/has and for that I respect and look up to her.

    Also there is no one feeding her lines, she is just really, really smart and was a good student. I guess youtube did her some good by helping her crawl out of her shell.

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  10. umm you both (above) are liars, cause jess (AngryLittleGirl) did NOT go to rancho bernardo high. you were in her AP Spanish class? Ooh - did you get that from the Faux News video? How perceptive of you...NO! You were not in her class. You're right on some level, jess is no actor or professional editor and NO she doesn't have a "film crew" but that's a nice compliment, I guess you're giving her props for talent? so you guys aren't all that negative. also there are no writers, just jess, so there you go again complimenting on topics and facts - guess she's far more talented then you'll admit. it's okay, we know you are all sheep following one another. obviously making clever and decisive decisions isn't your strong suit. alrighty, enough time spent with the minions, BUHBYE!

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  11. Haha... you clearly did a thorough job on this piece! I'm still torn though, as I don't see how it's so impossible for an 18 y/o girl to make this stuff. That may be because I personally took 15 APs during highschool, so I'll admit I'm biased.

    I'd also love for her to be real, since I'm a 19 y/o atheist libertarian male myself. Maybe I should make a YouTube channel? I'm as fucking sexy as they come.

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  12. AngryLittleGirl (Jessica)...whew, where do I start? So you want to know about her? Well, this girl is a piece of work. I went to Jr high and high school with her, and she is highly book smart intellegent but street smart dumb and totally anti-social. she never went to any school functions, prom, etc. and never dated anyone (jr-high school) and she was really introverted. She’s the weird girl who stares at people but never says or does anything. she did have a few friends but they were mostly childhood friends who were part of other social circles. Jessica really only applied herself to school and that's it, well except youtube obviously. her real name is Jessica btw, but I'll leave the rest out cause I don’t want her commin after me or nothin.

    The thing i'll remember most about her, was all her lies in jr high she told and she told some pretty wild ones like, her dad was this famous major league baseball player which, turned out to be wrong. then she said her family was extremely wealthy but she lives in a neighborhood of homes that cost less the 500k and for our area that's pretty cheap. Most of the stuff she’s said in her videos about herself isn’t true either. I think she might be a pathological liar.

    when we got to high school everyone always remembered her for her lies and maybe that’s why she never spoke, cause she didn’t have anything to say but lies. In time I think everyone pretty much forgot about it but she never even tried to make friends. she is pretty cute now and she lost a lot of weight but she still needs to dress better. In school she dressed in old lady clothes.

    I was also told by her friend that many of the things you see in her room was bought for props so she’d seem cool but wasn’t there before.

    I'd say from the looks of it, youtube was her only social outlet and all the attention she got was like her high and probably felt on top of the world when things were good but when people turned on her, you can see she's really emotional in the fucktard video like she's about to cry. I bet she did cause her eyes were all glassy. I think youtube, her videos and subscribers meant a lot more to her then people realize. and now that everyone’s attacking her it's almost like they're pushing her away and making it hard for her to surface again but you guys should lay off cause youtube is an outlet for lots of people like her and who are you to attack her for her beliefs? I’d like to know that?

    CAUSE SHE NEVER ACTUALLY HURT ANYONE'S FEELINGS, SHE WAS JUST TRYING TO INTERACT WITH PEOPLE WHICH IS WHAT YOUTUBE IS AND YOU GUYS ATTACK HER FOR THAT, SHAME ON YOU!!

    If she read this hi Jessica it’s chris.

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  13. Hello!
    You said "she said her family was extremely wealthy but she lives in a neighborhood of homes that cost less the 500k and for our area that's pretty cheap."
    So if she is poor, how does she have so many video tools to make video editing.
    But i do like her work, videos and atitude...
    I´m from Portugal so i don´t have any sexual fantasy with her. I just like her for what she stands up!! and even think she have a good humor....

    thanks!

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  14. i don't know about all the other stuff said above but to answer the video question, you can do all that she does on any video editing software that comes bundled with new computers. it's nothing special.

    plus her video cam looks pretty cheap and the picture sucks and even angrylittlegirl said her camera was cheap.

    for the record i liked her before she called me (& everyone else retards). she is just a lonely girl who, suprisingly doesn't have any friends. she proves looks don't mean crap. maybe she has a bad temper but i have read on many sites posted by people claiming to know her that she is a loaner.

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  15. "umm you both (above) are liars, cause jess (AngryLittleGirl) did NOT go to rancho bernardo high. you were in her AP Spanish class? Ooh - did you get that from the Faux News video? How perceptive of you...NO! You were not in her class. You're right on some level, jess is no actor or professional editor and NO she doesn't have a "film crew" but that's a nice compliment, I guess you're giving her props for talent? so you guys aren't all that negative. also there are no writers, just jess, so there you go again complimenting on topics and facts - guess she's far more talented then you'll admit. it's okay, we know you are all sheep following one another. obviously making clever and decisive decisions isn't your strong suit. alrighty, enough time spent with the minions, BUHBYE!"

    *** i'll be 1 million dollars jessica herself wrote this!!!

    looks like her writing style.

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  16. This is such bullshit! All of you are losers!! Leave me the hell alone, thank you.

    --Jessica

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  17. You know what really sucks, I'm a Bronco Alum and going to the same college and I was there already and they have a poster size printout of AngryLittleGirl (Jessica) in one of the dorms and there is pin pricks all through the eyes and "loser, dyke, etc. written in magic marker all over it.

    I hope she isn't recognized, it could be hard for her.

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  18. holy fuck this is brutal...leave the girl alone.

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  19. As much as I hate to admit it, I am one of those loner guys who has fallen in love with Jessica a.k.a. "angrylittlegirl" All that I have to say, is that despite what anyone may say, I honestly think that Jessica is one of the best looking females that I have ever seen, period. I am not just saying that either, I sincerely mean it. I do not know her, or have ever met her, (even though I wish I could).

    I just hope for her sake, that she can be a happy person. All of these attacks on her, combined with the fact that she may feel isolated from others at times, might make her feel depressed at times, so I hope that if that happens, that she bounces out of it. Honestly, Jessica is easily a better looking female than the majority of female celebrities in Hollywood. Those other females can only dream of having her good looks, i.e. bone structure, mouth, lips, eyes, face, height, body, hair, smile, teeth, ect., ect.

    Jessica, if you ever get around to reading this, my only peice of advice for you, is that arrogance and pride, can only cause depression and fury and fear for an individual. On the other hand, humility, can only cause peace, tranquility, happiness and joy. The truth is, that even Einstein and Freud were extremely ignorant people, despite there genius, and so am I, it is okay to admit it.

    I wish the best for you Jess, and I envy the man that marries you one day. Take care AGL. : )

    .

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  20. edgarocs from youtube====What is Jessica's surname====For me she is actually a comedian not an atheist because her beauty is more believable. And please exclude me in the marriage and love thing shallowness. Not debating. thanks.==tbc==

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  21. lol i thought it was pretty obvious from the first vid i saw... she's just a camwhore screaming for easy attention on jewtube.

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  22. Jason Sobczynski8/12/12, 10:34 PM

    I believe she is but a brilliant young lady who found a way to create a character....much like anyone in hollywood portrays the same. There may or may not be any TRUE feeling s of HERS behind what she says in any of the more controversial vids.... Who knows, who cares....it's all entertainment and i thank her for the effort!

    Cheers, Jason Sobczynski

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  23. Interesting read. When you reflect on this now 5 years later, do you still believe she was a hoax? The rumor now is that she is dead as of January 2012, just after her last post on youtube and her last tweet.

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