She is one of the biggest social media stars on the planet but is having to finance most of her own media projects that involve television or streaming because no one wants to hire her.
She has way too many demands and wants way too high of a salary for what she delivers outside social media. Everything she has done outside social media has been a bomb.
Miranda Sings Needs To Stop Harming The Disabled Community
Miranda Sings is considered one of the trailblazers of the YouTube community. Colleen Ballinger, creator and actress of the character, made the channel in 2008 and it has since exceeded 1.2 billion views and 7 million subscribers.
For me, Miranda Sings was one of the first YouTubers I watched and thus I have a personal attachment to her. If I had a long, hard day at school, I would always come home and watch Miranda videos to relax and entertain me. I have even dressed up as the character two years in a row for Halloween, and occasionally I catch myself singing like her.
The biggest problem is Miranda Sings’ characterization. While it has never explicitly been stated whether or not she has a disability, mental or chronic illness, it could be said that her characterization is based off of harmful stereotypes of people from that community. She is portrayed in a way which highlights her disconnect with reality and much of the humor produced is because of the fact that she is unable to comprehend certain ideas, is slow or does something in an odd way. This is ableist.
Even though Colleen has stated that the character originated from teenage girls on YouTube whose singing was “terrible, but they were so cocky”, it is clear that the character has evolved to include many ableist stereotypes. She is often depicted as having a speech impediment, being unintelligent and being quick to violence. These are all stereotypes often associated with people with disabilities, mental and chronic illnesses.
Miranda Sings has also had a history of slut shaming and has made a catchphrase out of telling women wearing revealing clothing to ‘not dress porn!’ Whether or not this is done ironically, it has become an iconic phrase many fans celebrate and love and of course the audience at home laughs. This normalizes slut shaming and ultimately rape culture as it is painted as something which should be obviously entertaining. Especially considering that much of Miranda Sings’ audience is impressionable young kids and teenagers, normalizing rape culture is not something that should be encouraged.
Colleen also continually perpetuates harmful ideas outside of the character. Her personal YouTube channel is called “PsychoSoprano”, ‘psycho‘ being an ableist slur that has had a history of oppressing people who have been diagnosed with psychosis. She also commonly uses the slurs ‘crazy’, ‘insane’ and ‘spaz’ in her videos.- Source