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“Miranda Sings” is a fictional YouTube personality, created and portrayed by professional singer and comedian Colleen Ballinger. Under her username ‘mirandasings08’, Miranda posts multiple karaoke renditions of popular and well known songs on YouTube, frequently sung out of tune in a comical manner. The meme is a satire of the increasing number of egotistical performers who lack real talent, but cannot acknowledge their flaws and ignore critical comments from their ‘haters’.
Miranda is a 20-something self-proclaimed ‘five threat’, with her talents including singing, acting, dancing, modelling, and (most recently) magic. She resides with her best friend, her mother, in Tacoma, Washington, and dreams of furthering her ‘fame’ through her internet exposure. Miranda’s mannerisms include her comical atonal singing voice, obscene dress sense, and her sassy and extremely egotistical attitude. She wears exaggurated lipstick and has chronically active eyebrows. The songs Miranda performs are characterised by her usual greeting (“hey guise”), her particular accent, crooked neck, and raised eyebrows. Miranda claims to speak 3 languages fluently, and dreams of dating famous people such as Justin Bieber, or Zac Efron.
Miranda’s videos have over 14 million views when combined together. While many of her viewers find the material to be comical parodies, fans of the original artists who are being parodied are often quite hostile. Although she claims to have many fans (receiving countless requests to cover other songs), she is often the brunt of many ‘haters’. With her infamous come-back “Haters back off!”, the viewers who are appalled by her renditions of the pieces rarely realise that Miranda is a fictional character.
Typical reactions of her ‘haters’:
-"I’m a guy and I can hit those notes better than you. Also, you trail off to no sound to often. It would be more bareable if you just sang off key and not trail off when the notes get too high.
And for the haters, YES, I know this is a “Look at me I can’t sing so you’re supposed to laugh, in real life I can sing much better” video. Get over it."
-"troll brow + ignorance = horrifying vocal performance keep going though because who else will we have to laugh at and ridicule for our own amusement.
PS. it’s only hard if you sing it right_"
The character Miranda Sings was conceived by Colleen Ballinger in 2008, and has since enjoyed widespread coverage throughout the artistic community. Ballinger originally conceived the character as an inside joke, before the home videos started attracting a large amount of serious critical comments. As Ballinger told ‘The Times’ London, “…there were a lot of cocky girls who thought they were really talented, and they weren’t. They were so rude and snotty, it drove me nuts. Then I saw all these girls trying to make a career out of putting videos on YouTube … clueless to the fact that they were terrible. The characters were so ridiculous, I wanted to make one of my own. Miranda was created out of spite.” The humorous character has enjoyed worldwide fame, with Ballinger touring ‘Miranda’ throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.
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