The ‘Overly Attached Girlfriend’ is one of the most famous memes in internet history, but have you ever stopped to consider how it must have felt for the girl herself that pretty much everyone in the world was laughing at her and calling her a freak?
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Probably not to be fair, but thankfully Buzzfeed have decided to start a new feature called ‘I Accidentally Became A Meme’ where they interview people who accidentally became memes – the clue is in the title – and their latest guest is Laina Morris AKA ‘Overly Attached Girlfriend’. Morris explains how she ended up becoming a meme and how it was actually so hard on her that she had to go to therapy to deal with her newfound internet notoriety.
You can watch the full episode below, but we’ve picked out a few key quotes for you underneath that as well:
I had no idea how profoundly this would affect my life.
I was a Justin Bieber fan, but keep in mind, I was 20 years old and Justin Beiber was a teenager.
I wasn’t really obsessed with him, I think it was just kinda fun, silly music that I enjoyed.
I was on my fourth take of this song and I realized there’s this really long instrumental period at the beginning of the song where I was just sitting there not doing anything so I just sort of decided to stare straight into my webcam and make the creepiest face I could make.
I shared the video on my Facebook and went to bed and the next morning I was an internet celebrity.
My face was everywhere.
What a story. When you think about it, it is kinda crazy how people become memes because nobody ever does it deliberately, it just spins out of control and goes completely mad and that’s exactly what happened to Laina. It’s also good of her to talk about the other side of viral fame with her depression as it’s important for everyone to remember and recognise that becoming a meme isn’t necessarily all fun and games. Great interview.
For more of the same, check out these are all cake memes from a couple of months ago. Bet you had forgotten about those hey?