Here’s looking at you

November 20, 2006 at 1:44 am (Uncategorized)

She is a high school girl with swooping eyebrows, boy problems, and a webcam willing to listen. The room behind her could be anywhere in America — there’s a pink floral-print bedspread, a half-dozen stuffed animals, and a framed picture of a rose on the wall.

But this isn’t what it appears to be: Almost everything in the room was bought from Target on the same day, and the price tags are still hanging from some of her stuff. The closet is filled with men’s clothing, and in the corner two guys huddle around a laptop and stare at the webcam feed.

Welcome to the set of Lonelygirl15, the breakout Web hit that, in September, was unmasked by fans as a work of fiction. What nearly a million people thought was the room of a sweet, charismatic teen named Bree is actually the Beverly Hills bedroom of Lonelygirl15’s cocreator Mesh Flinders, an unshaven 27-year-old who is fighting the flu and running a fever of 101. He hasn’t left this room for more than 24 hours. “I’ve got no reason to leave,” Flinders says, rubbing his bloodshot eyes and then blowing his nose. The room smells like sweat. “I write the scripts here, we shoot them here, and I sleep here. Why leave?”

When the show started in June with a two-minute YouTube posting by Bree — played by actress Jessica Rose — Flinders would rearrange his room after each shoot. He’d take down the pictures of Rose as a baby, stash the stuffed animals, and swap out the girly bedspread for his more masculine blue-and-white-striped blanket. Now, three months into the project and with hundreds of thousands of regular viewers, he doesn’t bother. It’s too much work, even though it has blown some great opportunities for him. Last week, he spotted his neighbors — two Playboy playmates — and invited them in. They glanced at his room, got suspicious, and quickly left.

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21 Comments

  1. Richie said,

    Good grief !! You put Dans picture at the head of the blog.
    Must . . . resist . . . need . . . . to . . . . gouge . . . .out . . . .my . . . . eyes !

    It’s interesting how nothing is as it might seem on the interweb. We should all thank Al Gore for inventing it, in between his other wonderful achievements.

    I wonder when the Weasel / K2 fight is going to happen ?
    THAT oughta be something’ !!

  2. AO said,

    First naked weatherman now, naked fat guy. Eww. I think I’d rather see naked weatherman.

  3. jarheaddoc said,

    That is the naked weather dude, AO. You look close in the background and you’ll see one of those little balls that you shake and the snow goes everywhere. The one he uses has little cups to catch the flakes as they fall: whichever one gets the most flakes is what the weather will be. Maybe.

  4. Linda said,

    That’s a scary picture. Yes, we have a trend here. Just when the weather is getting colder, people are turning up naked

  5. Treehugger said,

    I Googled Lonely Girl and there are no naked pics of Bree!
    Dammit!

  6. Linda said,

    Did you get a date with her, Treehugger?

  7. Treehugger said,

    Of course not.

    That would be just wrong. Besides, with Bulldog stalking me now, the poor girl would end up as swiss cheese.

  8. Mainetarr said,

    Yeah, Bulldog called me, all threatening because we are friends. Good thing she doesn’t know you gave me a bone last night, eh?

  9. Treehugger said,

    Please, not so loud.
    The Weasel may hear.

  10. Mainetarr said,

    Ah, the dreaded Weasel. He is supposed to rough me up tomorrow, but we’ll see. You know how elusive he is.

  11. K2 said,

    It’s good to have dreams, Richie. Only time will tell, although I’ll ferociously chew at Weasel’s achilles if I have to. Cripes, if I can’t reach his teeth, I hafta have some kind of plan.

    And now, for some very good news: Murdoch has canceled OJ’s book and show. It’s good to have a conscience. Unless you’re Treehugger. (Any more cancer jokes today?)

    http://apnews.excite.com/article/20061120/D8LH1KAG0.html

  12. AO said,

    I’m glad that Mudoch has come to his senses.

  13. K2 said,

    Well, he probably did it because it would have been a net negative — money now, backlash from here on out. Still, why give OJ a forum? Why give any murderer one?

    Back to the Pats win: I have a friend who bet $100 on . . . the Packers. Can you say d-u-m-b?!? Of course, if I had taken ’em instead of Indy, I’d be enjoying a $100 on a $10 bet. Double turds.

  14. K2 said,

    ’em being the Pats, of course. Like you care.

  15. Linda said,

    I just had a chance to click on the link and read the rest of the Lonelygirl story, and it made me wonder one thing: where’s Herb these days?

  16. Herb said,

    Here like i have always been just watching you idiots

  17. Linda said,

    No I don’t think so.

  18. Mainetarr said,

    I just saw that they dropped the OJ deal (I have been away most of the day). Smart thinking….

    Did you guys see that horrific bus crash? That is scary stuff right there. A school bus is one of those “safe places” where you think nothing will ever go wrong in. supposed to be that way in church and school, too. Kinda freaks you out when something like this happens. I remember reading about the Amish school murders. It’s hard to wrap your mind around that stuff, even though we are so much more used to graphic violence these days.

  19. Mainetarr said,

    I guess I should have read the entire blog first, the OJ story was already broken by K2. Thank God this is a short week, I obviously need rest, lots and lots of rest!

  20. Linda said,

    Rest MT, are you kidding? I thought we were all coming to your house for Thanksgiving dinner? what are you cooking?

  21. AO said,

    Herb/Dan!! So good to see you again….NOT.

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