Hot Problems

Hot Problems

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Hot Problems is a music video in which the teenage girl duo Double Take sings about the first world problems that come along with being physically attractive. The video inspired several parodies when it was poorly received after being uploaded to YouTube in April of 2012.

Origin

On April 15th, 2012, the “OldBaileyProductions” YouTube channel uploaded the video titled “Hot Problems (official single) – Double Take”, which featured two teenage girls singing out of tune about the challenges that come with being physically attractive. Within five days, the video received over 2 million views and over 80,000 dislikes.

Spread

On April 17th, the video was featured on the Internet humor blog Tosh.0[1], tweeted by PrGuitarman[2] and published on both Gawker[14] and the Huffington Post.[4] The same day, the first cover was uploaded by YouTuber thegodfaughnder, who performed an acoustic version of the song.



On April 18th, the track was released for purchase on the digital media store iTunes.[8] The same day, MSN[15] published an article questioning whether the video was an authentic attempt or an “elaborate troll.”



The same day, the music news blog Fuse[13] published an interview with the owner of Old Bailey Productions, who revealed that the teenagers in the video were high schoolers from California. On April 19th, the Internet culture blog The Daily Dot[3] published an article titled “Life is hard when you’re a hot girl”, which speculated that the video was intentionally cheesy. On April 20th, MSNBC[16] writer Helen A.S. Popkin published an article titled “‘Hot Girl Problems’ confirms Internet hate teenage girls,” which compared the online treatment of Double Take to the harassment of Jessi Slaughter in 2010. Animated GIFs have spread on the microblogging site Tumblr under the tag “#hot problems.”

Interviews

On April 19th, the the two girls revealed themselves as high school students Drew Garrett and Lauren Willy, appearing in multiple interviews with various news media outlets including Kiss92.5[10] in Toronto, MTV[11] and CNN (shown left). The following day, they appeared on Good Morning America[12] (shown right), where they revealed that the song was made as a joke and that they did not consider themselves to be “that hot.”








Notable Examples

The video inspired several reaction and parodies videos by YouTubers including YouTube partner Dave Days.[7]

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