IN AN APPALINGLY TEXTBOOK CASE OF IRONY, I, BOB WEISZ, PROUD OWNER OF A REQUIEM-GRADE ADDICTION TO YOUTUBE, HAVE BEEN KICKED OFF THE SITE. I CANNOT LOG IN, ALL OF MY VIDEOS HAVE BEEN ERASED, ALL MY COMMENTS AND FAVORITES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS, ALL GONE. I HAVE BEEN DISAPPEARED.
AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF THIS WOMAN:
Margot Quinn. A Russian Marilyn Monroe "lookalike" living in Los Angeles. I stumbled upon her in 2005, when I was living in LA, and my friends and I were making a short film about a stormtrooper on a blind date. We posted a craigslist ad asking if anyone had a stormtrooper suit, and about 20 minutes later, we got this:
I highly recommend full perusal of this site, as it features everything that was awful and hilarious about the internet in 1998, and then some. Frames, animated gifs, hit counters, autoplaying music, shit flying at the cursor (actually how does she do that), loads of awful pictures, embarrassing attempts at self-promotion, broken English, and best yet: HOME VIDEOS. Some are the typical handicam personal videos that youtube built its empire on (I highly recommend "Margot with her new outside toilet"), but many of them feature her flexing her impersonation and acting muscles:
Needless to say, I was obsessed, and actually started my ill-fated Youtube account so that I could upload the videos (they were in .mov format at the time). And then, I completely forgot about them. Until yesterday, when I got a notice from Youtube saying that they had been removed due to copyright infringement, because of complaints from user "Marilyn2007". And since I was a "repeat infringer," my account has been eradicated, and my soul obliterated.
Luckily I can file a counter-claim, and if Marilyn2007 doesn't officially sue me in the following 10 days, then my account comes back. Considering she can't even spell her own name, I don't think she'll be able to drop the copyright hammer on me. Now I just have to figure out what to do for the next week and a half... are books any good?
In the meantime, here are some more Margot Quinn Classix: