Thursday, July 19, 2012
Video: Denton girl responsible for Overly Attached Girlfriend meme
Laina Morris now has more than 38,000 followers on Twitter. Her video has more than 9 million hits.
She gazes through your computer screen with unblinking eyes and an unnerving smile, belting a desperate girlfriend’s version of popular songs from artists like Justin Beiber and Carly Rae Jepsen.
The creator of the “Overly Attached Girlfriend,” Denton resident Laina Morris, doesn’t share the creepy demeanor of her YouTube persona away from the computer, but has embraced the humor she used to make the video for years.
“I’ve been recognized a few times, I get a lot of people staring at me but they won’t say anything, that’s the creepiest part,” she said. “It’s been crazy, the first night was the most crazy but even now random people will point me out.”
Her best friend, UNT alumna Katie Scholle, said she wasn’t surprised the video had caught on.
“I always thought she had a future in some kind of entertainment, she’s always doing impressions and knows how to make people laugh,” Scholle said. “It was just a matter of time until something like this happened.”
Morris started the videos four weeks ago when entering a Bieber fan video parody contest for one of his new fragrances, where competitors had to alter the lyrics to his hit song “Boyfriend.”
Her rendition of the song takes spying, stalking, and creeping head on, with claims like “Reading all your texts, watching everything you do,” and “I’d never let you leave, without a small recording device, taped under your sleeve.”
She finished as one of the runners up in the contest, but the video didn’t go unnoticed.
The day after the video was uploaded, it had received 1 million hits, was tweeted by Bieber’s agent, and gained attention from numerous news outlets and television blogs. Memes – photos with humorous captions on the Internet – of Morris have also sprung up with captions like, “I sewed my name on your shirts in case you forget you’re taken.”
Morris, who took classes at UNT last spring, has become an immediate Internet sensation, receiving more than 25 million views for four videos she has produced.
While her fans are demanding more videos – one asked her if she would continue making them in a question and answer session that she held on YouTube last week – Morris said she isn’t sure how often she will revisit “Overly Attached Girlfriend.”
“I would like to, but I’m not sure what direction to take it in,” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll keep the ‘Overly Obsessed Girlfriend’ or try something new.”
Morris made the first video solely for fun, but she said she began to feel pressure during her second and third videos after gaining a following of more than 38,000 followers on Twitter.
While Morris said she will receive money for the videos, she isn’t certain how much yet.
Her most recent videos included a remake of Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and a montage of songs that she lip-synchs to.
Among the responses to the video were an offer from a cell phone cover company to sponsor its product in her video, a proposal for her to wear a Facebook Like Foam Finger, and a message from collegehumor.com asking for her to collaborate.
After growing up in Keller, Morris spent two years in Wichita Falls at Midwestern State and transferred to UNT last fall to spend more time with friends and pursue an education degree – a degree she recently changed to journalism.
In the meantime, the 21-year old is taking time away from school to work and is not sure when she will return.
“What I’ve done hasn’t changed any relationship I’ve had with people I knew before, but do I see dating people in the future being a problem? Maybe a little bit.”
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