Dear Fake Nerd Girls, Hang Up Your Fracking Slave Leia Bikinis, We've Found The Real Deal
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Dear Fake Nerd Girls, Hang Up Your Fracking Slave Leia Bikinis, We've Found The Real Deal

By Joanna Robinson | Videos | July 11, 2013 | Comments ()

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In all my years re-posting gems I’ve found on the internet, I’ve followed one hard and fast rule: no f*cking cat videos. So, let’s pretend not to notice the kitten who plays a prominent role in this adorable music video. No offense, Slave Leias, but I’d much rather have this cute bespectacled chick explain grammar rules and the mating habits of giraffes to me whilst employing all the bashful charm of a pre-backlash Michael Cera. So yeah, ignore the cat and enjoy the nerdiness, because there ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby.

(via Neatorama)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • venlaflaxine

    "Fake Nerd Girls" - as a fan, I'm super disappointed in seeing that phrase come from out your pen, Joanna.

  • cicatricella

    That's my friend DeAnne! She's really blowing up lately, it's great :)

  • BlackRabbit

    I am clearly not a nerd, as I had to google "I less than three you" (and still think it's a stupid phrase).

  • kali yuga

    I'd like to have a Slave Leia, regardless of the legitimacy of her nerd status.

  • Tinkerville

    Really, Joanna? No. Please don't. I have to deal with "fake nerd girl" bullshit everywhere else on the Internet. Pajiba should be above that. Please just read this.

  • Kate at June

    The fake nerd girl thing is crap. there is no C in frakking, unless we are talking about minerals.

  • fiveoclock

    Only pops and jocks get to decide who is or is not a nerd, so shut it, nerd.

  • SilverDeb

    I less than three this song and the kitten is adorable. Who cares about the "fake" debate.

  • Amy Love

    As a frequent viewer of many nerd-centric YouTube videos, this is really tired and unoriginal. Put on glasses, grab a ukelele, incorporate a lot of math puns and all of a sudden you're so hipster and nerdy cool.

    Also, re: "ignore the cat...." IMPOSSIBLE. Cat was best part of this video.

  • fiveoclock

    I wholeheartedly concur. In fact the irony of this entire post and debate is inescapable when you start to look at it that way.

  • ERM

    Joanna Robinson's posts remind me of the 30 Rock episode, 'TGS Hates Women.' I expect better from Pajiba.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    I love DeAnne Smith. But in a platonic way, because she is into other ladies.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    That is pretty fab. I <3 it.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Oh. So we're still doing the "fake" nerd girl thing? Um. Okay, then.

  • mrsachmo

    Gencon Indy...unless all convention centers have that carpet.

  • BlackRabbit

    Those bikinis are NOT suitable clothing for fracking! Those poor ladies could be seriously hurt!

  • F'mal DeHyde

    She's adorable but the kitten really did make the video.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I want to get both a guitar and a kitten now. (or does it have to be a ukelele to get that reaction from the cat?)

  • emmalita

    I have a guitar. My late cat used to thump her tail against my leg when I played. But my boyfriend hated it. Suddenly, crazy cat lady doesn't look so bad.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Our family dog would always come listen to me practicing the piano, no matter how bad I played.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Your comment reminded me of this:

  • Kala

    Must be ukelele for maximum adorable.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    d'oh! well, they are easier to learn. And cheaper.

  • ChuggaWasTaken

    Watched, Liked, sent to my girlfriend with the caption "This, baby, so much this." Yes I'm in the honeymoon period right now, what of it?

  • denesteak


    I wanna teach my cat to play an instrument now.

  • Matty Prime

    I mean, they don't HAVE to hang up those bikinis...

  • foolsage

    While I understand the legitimate controversy over fake nerd girls, whatever. The creator didn't bring that into it; that was Joanna poking y'all. The video was adorable. She really took it farther... further? Farther into the metaphor. I mean, it's not physical dista... right.

  • Aaron

    Are not you not aware of the rampant discussion concerning "Fake Nerd Girls" or do you disagree with the problems people have raised concerning the term?

  • Poseurs are poseurs. Trying to dress it by saying those calling it out are misogynistic is not helping the cause. I am aware of the discussion and I think it's BS. If we were taking about dressing up like a racial stereotype we wouldn't be having this discussion. Co-opting nerd culture is just as annoying.

  • Ruby

    Oh my god it's a bunch of intense nerds who smells weird (I was at a con over the weekend. Some people did smell really weird). NO BODY WANTS TO CO-OPT THAT SHIT. Plus I have guy friends who wear shirts from comics they've never read and no one calls them fake geek guys? Why is it just fake geek girls? And again, NERDS AREN'T THAT GREAT. A lot of them are really uncomfortable to be around.

  • Berry

    It's not really the same thing at all. Geeks/nerds may experience many unpleasant things in life that result directly from identifying as such, obviously resulting in a completely over-inflated persecution complex. But geeks and nerds as a group have never been, and probably never will be, systematically oppressed for being part of that group. Not even mention genocide.

    So please try again. Because false analogies are annoying and obnoxious as well.

  • Berry

    And now I must apologize for my horrible mangling of some of those sentences. Ever so sorry. Not a native English speaker, early in the morning, not enough coffee, etc.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    You did great.

  • Berry

    Aww, thanks. I was going to point out the mistakes one by one, but then I thought, fuck it, I'm not even British, I can take a compliment without getting all weird about it.

  • Aaron

    Those don't seem that comparable to me. Dressing up like a racial stereotype perpetuates those inaccurate, often times offensive portrayals. It adds to the already existing discrimination of those groups being portrayed. Assuming such people exist, In what ways would those people co-opting nerd culture accomplish the same thing?

  • Anyone that wants to partake in a subculture solely for the purpose of being in a cute outfit is annoying. It's similarly annoying when I see someone who is not Native American wearing a feather headdress, although in some ways that's much worse since they are actively ignoring what that headdress means to that particular tribe. By doing this you are diluting the subculture you are trying to emulate. It's disingenuous and obnoxious.

    I am not saying that women can't be sexy when dressing up as their favorite character, that's never been my argument. But if you're going to do it at all, learn a little about what you are doing first. No one likes a poseur.

  • Tinkerville

    I'm so sick of this elitism coming from the community that I love. It's the reason why I have such a hard time getting my female friends into various areas of fandom, since they think they couldn't possibly be able to meet the bullshit expectations of the nerd world so it's pointless for them to even sit down and just try to enjoy it. Guess what? If a girl wants to wear a sexy costume and barely knows anything about what she's representing, it's not for me or you to tell her she can't.

    Instead of launching into a huge diatribe, I'd like to refer you, and Joanna as well, to Scalzi's excellent piece on this since he does a better job with it than I ever could.

  • hippyherb

    Thank you for the link. It was a very enjoyable read.

  • Kate at June

    I always wonder at what point you're "allowed" to be a fan of something.

    Can I be a fan of Star Trek if I've only seen Into Darkness? Or the two most recent movies? The original series? The following four tv series? Do I really have to watch the animated series too, or can I skip that one? And I'm not sure I would enjoy the comics either, so I hope its cool that I pass on those. that alright? Can I wear a t-shirt now please?

  • KC

    I totally agree. It annoys the hell out of me. You're allowed to like what you like, you don't have to prove anything to anyone but yourself.

  • Kate at June

    And I'm just now seeing Aaron made this exact point above, only better. whoops.

  • foolsage

    Your anger derives from your (apparently invalid) assumption that this young woman is co-opting a culture to which she does not belong and by extension has no rights. What if this isn't metaphorically "someone who is not Native American wearing a feather headdress" but rather someone who's e.g. full blooded Blackfoot wearing feathers in a public ritual as a celebration of their identity?

    You seem quick to judge her an outsider from geek culture, but her grammar was impeccable.

  • Aaron

    The problem is how much subculture must one then consume before being considered a real geek girl? Maybe all the girls wearing princess Leia bikinis have seen Star Wars, is that not enough? Do they have to have read the extended universe novels and comic books? Who decides that and what gives them the right to delineate someone else's legitimacy. I understand the frustration you are expressing, but at the same time we all have to start somewhere when we first become interested in something. Some people were introduced to Batman via the movies and cartoons. Are they fake nerds because they didn't start with the comic books? Why is cosplay not a legitimate entry point of interest?

  • You know who gets angry about fake nerd girls? Fake nerd girls.

  • Berry

    And Aisha Tyler. That faking faker who fakes.

  • Ann

    Eough of the misogynist fake nerd girl bullshit. It's overdone.

  • Deidra

    Yes, the video is hilarious and adorable, and I really do love it. However please explain to me why the need to perpetuate this "Fake Nerd Girl" bullshit?

  • Berry

    Every time someone uses the term "Fake Nerd/Geek Girl", and angel rips out its own wings in rage.

  • Deidra

    P.S. "So welcome to the Geek clubhouse everybody," right Joanna?

  • Elle07

    That was awesome.

  • eag46

    Lovely little tune, and the kitty trying to play the ukelele is adorable.

  • Rykker

    Scientific Facts!

  • OK, it's further proof this is the best cat video of July 2013. I want that little kitty. [Seriously, though, I'm not the target, but that works on every level.

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