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Haters Back Off! This is How to Be Internet Famous

Talent not required



Netflix comes out with yet another original comedy series that will have you laugh-snorting: Haters Back Off! Starring comedian, singer and YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger, the story follows the life of Ballinger’s overly confident, completely untalented internet character Miranda Sings as she struggles to be Susan Boyle famous. Amusingly, however, Miranda Sings continues to fail upwardly despite her lack of vocal power. Here’s what we’ve learned in case, you know, you want to be world wide famous, too.



Everybody Starts Somewhere

“The most famous people started off on the internet. Justin Bieber, Susan Boyle, that cat that fell off the table when it got scared.”—Miranda


How to be Justin Bieber or that nameless but super popular cat? First, don’t be shy. The internet is not a place to be timid. So go big and showcase your talent or do something wildly entertaining at the very least. Then make sure to upload and share on social media. Because who knows, Oprah or—gasp!—Ellen could be watching.   


People on the Internet Are Monsters

“You have lipstick on your teeth? I would never put lipstick on that, it could get infected.”—Miranda


Everybody’s a critic or an expert online. Don’t be defensive and learn to take comments constructively. And the rest? Take it with a grain of salt. Better yet, don’t read the comments because what other people think of you, particularly those you don’t know, is none of your business.


There’s a Five-Phase Plan for Fame Says Uncle Jim

  1. Make a viral video

  2. Television

  3. Singing Career

  4. Movies

  5. Magician


Uncle Jim, Miranda’s number one supporter and enabler, has a point. Internet stardom can open up a world of opportunities, i.e., TV guestings, a legit career in (insert talent here), movie cameos and a way for you to pursue whatever else it is that you want. So, get on it!


Haters Be Like

“Even though you’re all a bunch of haters, I’m not going to let that stop me from pursuing my dreams.”—Miranda


Bieber, Boyle and even that cat have haters. It comes with the territory. So don’t let them or your lipstick-stained teeth get in the way of your dreams.


Red Lipstick is Everything

“And that’s how the models do it.”—Uncle Jim


You’ll need a look that will separate you from a sea of internet personalities. Uncle Jim suggests a whole lotta red lipstick to get people’s attention.




Catch all eight half-hour episodes of Haters Back Off! Friday, October 14 on Netflix. Get your 6-month access here.


Words Aidan

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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