Overly Attached Girlfriend
The user behind the meme is Laina (born June 22, 1991) from Denton, Texas and has been named by Mashable as one of “15 People Made Famous by the Internet in 2012”. She identifies herself in videos only as Laina with many articles leaving out her last name on her request. Laina has tried to add to the “Overly Attached” image by showcasing a gentler, more playful side. This has involved a new “attachment” to her Kia Soul, comedy skits on “LifeAccordingToJimmy“, reporting from the red carpet at the American Music Awards, videos starring her dog Mazy, and “Dare to Share” for charity. She did revisit the character but with a twist, playing an “Overly Attached Computer” on November 12, 2012 in a commercial published by Samsung displaying its 840 SSD. The reaction was mixed with some labeling her a sellout and others applauding the move to creating a career from her “meme”. On September 25, 2013 Laina appeared with Good Girl Gina, Sheltered College Freshman and Bad Luck Brian in a “Meme Hunters” commercial for RealPlayer Cloud.
Often abbreviated O.A.G., is an inadvertently-created fictional character and Internet meme who first appeared in a YouTube video published by user Laina on June 6, 2012. The video was a submission to a contest held by Justin Bieber who challenged fans to create a “Girlfriend” counterpart to his hit song “Boyfriend“. The video, which satirized elements of the Bieber song that have been perceived as clingy, featured the woman staring at the camera with a fixed smile while singing about Facebook-stalking her boyfriend and other themes. This video launched Laina into internet stardom, and she is now a youtuber. As of October 12, 2013, she has over 871,000 subscribers and over 100,600,000 views. Her username is still “wzr0173” officially, but her display name now identifies her as “Laina”, most likely changed when she became a YouTube partner. The video was noticed by the social news website reddit and quickly became popular gaining more than 170,000 views the first day. Arising from the success of the video, ‘OAG’ became an Internet meme that features the image macro of the young woman featured in the video, smiling and staring manically at the camera that has been captioned in a way that portrays her to be a stalker, jealous, or committed to her love interest to an unhealthy degree. The image came from a still from the video was taken and made into an image macro which also became very popular and spread across many social media websites and was remixed in various ways.
The subject (and creator) of the original video has continued to produce further videos, approximately once a week. While most feature the OAG persona, some are entirely ‘in character’, while others branch out from the OAG format, including charity fundraising and (trying to) interview celebrities on the red carpet at the AMAs. Exactly a year after the initial JB fanvideo, Laina had over 595,000 subscribers and 76,500,000 views on YouTube. A week after, her subscriber count went up to 605,000 and the views rose to 77,400,000, with the initial JB fanvideo holding 15,600,000 of those views and her follow up video the CRJ fanvideo holding 18,600,000 views.
Compiled By: Josh Martin