Tessa Violet

Tessa Violet

Updated Jan 18, 2019 at 08:27AM EST by Don.

Added Jan 14, 2019 at 06:07AM EST by Philipp.

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Tessa Violet Williams, previously known as Meekakitty, is a singer-songwriter and video blogger best known for her 2018 single "Crush".

Online History

On July 16th, 2006, Tessa Violet launched a YouTube channel under nickname Meekakitty, posting her first video in 2007 for her senior project in high school.[18] By July 2010, Meekakitty's channel, where she mainly posted stories, skits and music videos, had over 440,000 subscribers with over 6.4 million views.

Between 2010 and 2012 Meekakitty posted several highly successful lip-syncing videos and fan-made music clips.[19][20] In autumn 2011 Tessa Violet was a director of photography in a viral fan-made music video for AWOLNATION's song "Sail", also making an appearance in the video itself. The video gained over 302 million views in eight years, making it more popular than the official music video for the song.

On March 18th, 2014, Tessa Violet released her debut album Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled under her own name.[21] In June 2018 Tessa Violet released single "Crush"[22], which remains her most popular song as of January 2019 with over 28 million views on YouTube.

Russian Nationalist Memes

On December 9th, 2018, Russian nationalist VK community мемы для русских ("memes for the Russians") posted a series of memes in which Tessa Violet was portrayed as a Russian nationalist.[1][2][3][4]

россиянин ИЗДЛИВЫЙ ты считаешь себя русским xa
Микка Штурм омерканская монеточка чи шо м 12:30 россиянин 11 ИЗ и после зтого. вы хотите сказать что она не а русская?

In comments, мемы для русских[5] subscribers speculated that the community admin chose to force the meme due to the personal affection for the musician. In one comment[6], the community admin hinted that Tessa Violet wearing Mishka/Мишка-branded pullover was one of the reasons for promoting the meme. Some users also mentioned the resemblance between Violet's hair colour in her "Crush" video and the flag of the Imperial Russia.[23]

In the following month, more posts in which Tessa Violet was presented as a Russian nationalist and a propagator for the concept of the Russian National State appeared in мемы для русских[7][8] community, while also spreading to other similar VK communities.[9][10][11]

Ы Русские G HAM TESSA MADE BY Вам, господа, нужны великие потрясения, нам-нужна великая Россия
Мы Русские, с нами crush, Crush Кровь победителей в нас течет За родину последний touch, touch Мы Русские, Tessa нам поет K NUT CORN ARCOAL GINEERED Девушка-националист l could be your crush, crush, crush, crush, crush Русские вперед! русские вперед! Русские вперед! русские вперед! Русские вперед! русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! русские вперед! Русские вперед! русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед! русские вперед! русские вперед! Русские вперед! Русские вперед!

On January 5th, 2019, мемы для русских[12][13] posted screenshots showing several upvoted Russian comments under Tessa Violet's "Crush" video, most of them containing "Русские, вперед!" ("Go Russians!") nationalist chant popular in related memes.

0:09 Ответы Насть . Неделю назад Слыште, англичане, у Русских тут своя секта Добавьте ответ Света 11 слоев лица на РУССКИЕ ВПЕРЕД! 5 дней назад Vlad x . 3 дня назад Русские вперед 9:54 all! 92 % ) RED вж жв-17 часов назад Русские в 2018: РН ГРУССКИЕВПЕРЁДРН ГРУССКИЕ ВПЕРЕДРНГРУССКИЕВПЕРЕД Русские в 2019: РН ГРУССКИЕВПЕРЕДРНГРУССКИЕ Читать дальше ВЖ ПОКАЗАТЬ 9 ОТВЕТОВ Каенский Перчик . 16 часов назад русские вперед русские вперед русские вперед русские вперед русские вперед Читать дальше 9:57 all 91 % 58.99 ПОКАЗАТЬ 4 ОТВЕТА Древний Укр . 9 часов назад Доброго ранку славяне 41 ПОКАЗАТЬ ОТВЕТ DanCustom . 9 часов назад (изменено) Царица Русского Национального Государства Русские вперёд Nathan C . 5 месяцев назад (изменено) I didn't really like this song that much hut for some reason l keen clicking on

On January 8, YouTube[14] user Пикрил П.К. uploaded an edited version of Tessa Violet's "Crush" music video with "Русские, вперед!" chanting added over the chorus (shown below, left). The video gained over 45,000 views in one week. On the same day, YouTuber[15] D.C.Prod uploaded a remix of Tessa Violet's "Bad Ideas" music video edited in a similar fashion. The remix received over 12,000 views in the same period.

On January 10th, Redditor[16] justlikestosleep posted a question in /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit asking about the influx of Russian comments under Tessa Violet' "Crush" video. In the comment section, Redditor[24] RussianMonarchist provided an explanation for Tessa Violet being a common subject of the мемы для русских's memes.

Why do we use Tessa? In fact, it was a local meme. As you noticed, she has “Bear” written on her sweater, so we jokingly decided to use it in our memes, that's all.

On January 11th, Tessa Violet tweeted[17] that she saw the video posted by Пикрил П.К.

Evan Edinger ^ EvanEdinger Replying to @TessaViolet WOW Tessa Violet-Русские Вперед youtube.com Tessa Violet @TessaViolet Replying to @EvanEdinger i saw that 9:40 PM 11 Jan 2019

In now-deleted tweets posted on the same day, Tessa Violet mentioned the influx of Russian comments under her video and "Crush" becoming a meme in Russia.

Tessa Violet @TessaViolet Читаю uM 100% of the comments on Crush are in Russian. waddup Russia Перевести твит 23-11-11 янв. 2019 r. 8 ретвитов 247 отметок «Нравится» Твитнуть в ответ Tessa Violet. @Tessaviolet. 3 мин. I guess Crush is a meme in Russia? I can't really tell I'm like 100% lost in the language barrier. idk перевести твит

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