G33k & G4M3R Girls Anthem

I woke up to an exciting Facebook meme this morning, the “Geek and Gamer Girls Song.”  It’s a high-budget parody of Katy Perry’s “Summer Girls” with cameos from Katee Sackhoff and Stan Lee, a rap by Seth Green, and dozens of geeky references to the things we love, from the Browncoats to MMOs.  The actors/musicians who made this video is Team Unicorn, and their names are Michele Boyd, Clare Grant, Milynn Sarley and Rileah Vanderbilt.  I’ve included the lyrics at the end of the post.  If you’d like to read more about the video, there is an interview with Team Unicorn on the Official Star Wars Blog.

There are a lot of things I really enjoy about this video: Starbuck, the validation of having my hobbies name-dropped, the costumes (when they’re not naked).  I appreciate that the women who star in the video wrote the song and directed the video themselves; perhaps we can thank Felicia Day for opening up more space for women to contribute to online popular culture.

I usually love corny fanservice, and would really like this video except that I just can’t get over the naked singers with their naughty bits covered by controllers and lightsabers.  It is so over-done!  My verdict: once again geek girls are fanservice for the stereotypical male gamer and what he supposedly finds attractive.  I think it’s pretty well established now that geek girls exist, but I guess we’re stuck in existing to be hot girlfriends of geeks.  Can we do something new?

“G33k & G4M3R Girls”

Greetings friends….
Don’t you want to meet a nice girl?

(First verse)
I, know a place
Where the gamer scores are so extreme (bloop boop boop!)
Dune, D & D,
Where Rand al’Thor still reigns supreme
Questin’, in Hyrule
Dominating Final Fantasy (Seven) (yeah yeah, siete)
Those boys
Losin’ sleep
Tryin’ ta keep up with our l33t sp34k (what up, n00bs?) (n00b sauce)

Be a part of our world
In latex and bows
Cuz’ these girls play cos’
Set our phasers to stun
You’ll be falling in love
Ooooooh oh ooooooh

Geek and Gamer girls
We’re unbelievable
Comic books
And Manga in stock
Hasbro toys
So rare
We got the mail-away
Ooooooh oh ooooooh
Geek and Gamer girls
We’re undefeatable
Achievement unlocked
Jedi represent
Now put your sabers up
Oooooooh oh ooooooh

(Verse 2)
We, love Stan Lee (Excelsior!)
And Joss created all our favorite shows
We Frag
In our sleep (Killjoy!)
We will pwn your ass in Halo (uh oh)

Be a part of our world (Be a part of our world…)
In latex and bows
Cuz’ these girls play ‘cos
Set our phasers to stun (Set our phasers to stun…)
You’ll be falling in love
Ooooooh oh ooooooh

Geek and Gamer girls
We’re unbelievable (Tri-force!)
We all know
That Han shot first (It’s a trap!)
No dubs
We want originals
Ooooooh oh ooooooh
Geek and Gamer girls (Level up!)
We’re undefeatable
Achievement Unlocked
Browncoats represent (Shiny!)
We aim to misbehave
Oooooooh oh ooooooh

Sailor Moon
Hogwarts boys all make them swoon
Aragorn, Legolas
These are the boys they love the best
I mean they’re good to go
Love Scifi, yo’
The girls are sweet
They can’t be beat
Super fine like Peach
Darth Maul
Standing tall
He’s so bad
So say we all
Epic Lootz
For the Win
Hyjal’s what we’re raiding in
Konami Code
Doctor Who
Expert Mode
Game genies, WoW fiendies, Sith meanies
No weenies
Don’t forget
They the queen-ies

Gamer ladies? (Yeah?)
Raidin’ tonight babies? (Uh huh!)
I’m all up on y’as
Cuz you representin’ geek and gamer girls
(Ohhh yeahh)

Geek and Gamer girls
We’re unbelievable
Comic books
And Manga in stock (Hey!)
Hasbro toys
So rare
We got the mail-away
Ooooooh oh ooooooh
Geek and Gamer girls (Finish him!)
We’re undefeatable
Achievements unlocked
Trekkers represent (Red shirts, red shirts!)
(trekkers, trekkers)
Now put your phasers up
Oooooooh oh ooooooh

(Geek and gaaaaameeerrr, Geek and gaaaaamerrr, giiirrrlll)

Geek and gamer girls man
I really wish they all could be
geek and gamer girls
(Geek and gamer)
(Geek and gamer girls)

Game over.

About Lake Desire

Lake Desire, real name Ariel Wetzel, has been blogging about feminism and videogames since 2005 at her blog New Game Plus. Lake also writes at Feminist SF - The Blog! Lake Desire is an English graduate student at University of Washington, studying science fiction, feminism, and cyberculture. At work, Lake participates in rank and file labor organizing and the anti-budget cuts struggle. Lake believes in direct democracy, queer liberation, and opposes white supremacy, patriarchy, and imperialism. Lake is white, queer, feminist, anarchist, and of course a cyborg. Lake may not sound like your typical gamer, but has been gaming since a toddler and never managed to quit.
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31 Responses to G33k & G4M3R Girls Anthem

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I feel exactly the same way. I love the video, but I also hate it. I think that comes from expecting more from this community. I expect more than naked, traditionally hot girls.

    At the same time, I see the humor and I laughed a little.

    It’s hard being a woman sometimes.

  2. Laurie says:

    I felt the same way about the Guild’s Do You Want To Date My Avatar.

  3. Aprylle says:

    The song by Katy Perry is actually called “California Gurls” and the whole naked chick with the sabers and stuff seems to be a cross between 2 things, one part that is actually from the Katy Perry video for that song where she’s lying on a cloud of cotton candy, butt naked shaking her legs and the only part of her that’s covered is her butt crack and her arms block her breasts from showing. The other part is what I believe to be taken from The Guild’s “Do You
    Wanna Date My Avatar?” video where Felicia Day as Codex is lying on a bed of gold coins.

    I also like/loathe the video. I think it’s an awesome homage to girl gamers and girl geeks but you’re completely correct that it stereotypes the kinds of girls that it references in the same breath. I think if they’d done an open casting call and shown clips of girl gamers in their homes playing Halo on the Xbox or watching Star Trek: TNG with other girlfriends or showed a couple of girls throwing down in a Magic: The Gathering match it would have been much more realistic.

  4. Twyst says:

    I felt like this too. I wanted to like it, but it is more of the same, all nerdy girls are there for some dude. And i understand it was made by Seth Green, his wife, and her friends… i just wish it was about women loving their interests, and “you’ll love them”. I think it means well but misses something. (Still love Joker!)

  5. Lake Desire says:

    The unicorn crew made it sound like they made the video themselves in the Star Wars interview and they “cast” Seth Green. Maybe he bankrolled them.

  6. kateri says:

    When do we get to stop having to constantly prove our authenticity over and over, by knowing the right injokes, the right catchphrases, and then bundling it all up as a perfect sexy package to await someone else’s seal of approval?

    …am I just grouchy this evening? :P

  7. KBot says:

    I think the naked scenes are an American Beauty reference.

  8. Alex says:

    @kateri you are not grouchy! You are correeeeecccctttttt!

  9. Lake Desire says:

    Google “Gamer Girl” with safe search off and you’ll see a lot of pictures of ladies wearing controllers like the folks in the music video. I think they’re channeling that cliche more than the Katy Perry video. I recall that she is naked eating cotton candy, but it’s not like she’s on her back wearing candy for panties.

  10. Maverynthia says:

    I’m sorry, I just HATE this video AND it’s lyrics. To me it packages women up again and sells them to men.

    “In latex and bows”

    Bows of course are what “girls” wear so they may appear cute and appease the gaze of adults and look innocent. latex of course because all gamer girls are dominatrices that want to whip you and of course you like that.

    “Raidin’ tonight babies?”

    Because we are talking about girls here, babies. Women are not adults and can never be adults… especially if you play videogames/read sci-fi & fantasy/read manga/watch anime

    “We aim to misbehave”

    Because of course all women have to be pure prim and proper, oh I mean girls.. yeah.. girls, sorry, thought for a second that female humans actually had an adult stage there, no they don’t, they just bypass it completely and go to “grandma” stage.

    “Dominating Final Fantasy (Seven) (yeah yeah, siete)”

    Because girls ONLY play ONE final fantasy and that is 7. They might play X-2, but that’s not a real final fantasy anyways, just a sequel. If a girl so much as touches any other final fantasy they’ll die instantly because it doesn’t have Sephiroth and Cloud in it, or someone that can pass as a Cloud.

    “Those boys
    Losin’ sleep”

    Of course we know WHY they are losing sleep. It’s not playing video games/reading

    the coup de grace lyric:
    “Set our phasers to stun (Set our phasers to stun…)
    You’ll be falling in love”

    Yes, because these GIRLS are all here for your loving pleasure. Maybe you should run out right now and get that new AK48 game for the PSP, I hear there are GIRLS in that one too.

    Of course the visuals are horrible. Nothing but pornography to me. The same tired images you see when someone writes an article about “gamer chicks”/”girl gamers” to get guys to read it. It’s not an anthem, it’s sad. Not only that it still shows gamer men as being overweight and not skilled at anything other than button mashing. While I don’t want to call “think of teh mans”, it’s still showing them as being animalistic and stupid while the women are shown as sexy and desirable.

  11. JeninCanada says:

    Mayverynthia, you win the internets. I shall giftwrap it and send it to you.

    “I usually love corny fanservice, and would really like this video except that I just can’t get over the naked singers with their naughty bits covered by controllers and lightsabers. It is so over-done! My verdict: once again geek girls are fanservice for the stereotypical male gamer and what he supposedly finds attractive. I think it’s pretty well established now that geek girls exist, but I guess we’re stuck in existing to be hot girlfriends of geeks. Can we do something new?”

    THIS. Thank you, blogposter!

  12. Alex says:

    Can I also say that I hate how what passes for gamer “humor” is just random references? It’s like nerds don’t even know how to make a good reference. What makes references funny is when they’re used in a different but still logical context, not just randomly quoting something out of the blue. I mean, after PAX East I tried to watch Wil Wheaton’s keynote because I hadn’t gone to it, but I couldn’t get past the beginning where he is just making random game references and everyone is laughing and cheering. But there’s no joke! It was embarrassing to watch!

    They’re not actual jokes, they’re just, like kateri said, catchphrases that show you’re in the geek club. Like some kind of not-so-secret handshake.

    Also the song is just terrible and un-catchy, although I suppose Katy Perry is to blame for that one!

    So I guess, nice idea, poor execution. /grouchy

  13. tekanji says:

    Most of what I have to say on the video has been covered by everyone else (especially Maverynthia; I agree that you win at teh intarwebs), but I have to say that this:

    Greetings friends….
    Don’t you want to meet a nice girl?

    as an opener set the tone (reinforced by a lot of the lyrics that followed) that this “anthem” isn’t for actual female gamers, but is instead for the gamer guys (especially the ones who think that “girl” gamers are there to give them boners).

    I would sure like an anthem that doesn’t cater to men and the male gaze. But, then, that might make people think that I’m a gamer because I like games and not so I can snag those totally hot nerdy boys by showing off my geek cred. *eyeroll*

  14. kateri says:

    @Laurie “I felt the same way about the Guild’s Do You Want To Date My Avatar.”

    It’s interesting you say that, ’cause I hate this video, but I had a lot of time for Date My Avatar, because it seemed it was about the ridiculousness of creating an idealised sex symbol designed to appeal to others online. Parodying it, not actually advocating it, and the visuals were all about over-emphasising the sexual fantasy, the more to undermine it. Whereas this video is just all about propping up the idealised image.

  15. Hmmm says:

    I love this video. It makes me happy.

    It’s a parody. So, like all parodies, it’s going to derive some of its form and content from the original.

    Which is why I don’t personally have any problem with the naked parts and I don’t believe they are attempt to objectify women or commodify them for male consumption. I actually think they are a very clever satire of the appalling original.

    In the original where Katy is writhing and making sex faces in candy floss – it’s a blatant attempt to be sexually appealing for a male market and quite frankly I find it offensive and nausea inducing.

    In the parody – it’s clearly an attempt to ridicule the supposed sexiness of the original. Notice none of the geek girls are writhing or making sex faces. It’s deliberately ridiculous, not sexy. Clare is wearing a carebear bikini for Christ’s sake. It’s a spoof – it’s making fun of the original. That’s what it’s supposed to do.

    Aside from the fact that the geek girls happen to be attractive, they spend very little of the video actually trying to be sexy. They spend most of the time dancing (or flailing at times) around like complete dorks (fully clothed, I might add).

    Also, the lyrics – instead of being about how the women are so hot and ready for you (men) like the awful original – they’re about women dominating in an area where they are largely ignored or thought not to exist (pwn your ass at Halo etc.) Good on them.

    Also, notice that Seth’s rap parts are all about what the girls like. Unlike Snoop’s rap in the original which is a horrible diatribe about what the boys like about them. It turns the original on its head. It’s not about boys wanting them. It’s about what THEY want.

    I admit it’s a fine line to walk. If you’re making a spoof of something which objectifies women, it’s hard not fall into the same traps. But I actually think they’ve done an awesome job.

    Also to whoever said “we aim to misbehave” has something to do with women being prim and proper or whatever…it’s actually just a direct quote from Serenity/Firefly. I don’t think there’s any kind of gendered subtext going on there.

  16. Lake Desire says:

    Can we make our own music video? I have no musical talent or lyrical skills, but I know how to edit video.

  17. Alex H says:

    There is also a Dungeon Master Gurls parody similar to this on youtube, with homophobia, gender stereotypes, etc.

    @Lake Desire I would gladly lend my out-of-practice operatic skillz for said music video, however I kinda wish this song would just go away.

  18. Alex says:

    How is recreating the video, but with something different partially covering them, making fun of the original? How is it not pandering to the male gaze in exactly the same way? Because they’re talking about geeky shit instead of whatever the original song is about?

    It’s the same thing, just now the male gaze has got nerdy glasses on.

  19. Lake Desire says:

    I’ll say it again more directly this time: I don’t see how the naked-with-games-on-them pose is troping Katy Perry. She’s naked, too, but in a really different pose than Team Unicorn.

    I can’t seem to insert images in the comments, but here’s Perry: http://www.celebrity-mania.com/images/files/00014395.jpg

    I don’t really see how laying naked on a pile of games is supposed to be like Katy on the cotton candy. Women are naked so much in popular culture, it’s hard to know what you’re referencing unless it’s a pretty direct copy. Like another Kbot pointed out, if anything the naked wearing games is more like rose scene in American Beauty.

  20. Maverynthia says:

    @Hmmm Just because it’s a pop culture reference, doesn’t free it from being sexist and keep it out of “harm’s way” of being critiqued.

    @Lake Desire Who cares if it look exactly like it or not, it’s still a bunch of pornographic snips meant only for the sole purpose of titillating men.

  21. Hmmm says:

    Parody: a literary or artistic work that mimics in an absurd of ridiculous way the conventions and style of another work.

    Emphasis on “mimic” and “absurd or ridiculous”.

    I assumed it was pretty clear that they meant to imitate Katy Perry. Of course they meant to imitate Katy Perry! It’s a parody of Katy Perry’s song. But I guess those parts are just as much an effective parody of American Beauty or those pictures of gamer girls posing with well-place controllers.

    In my opinion they’ve taken all the over-sexualization from the original video (and whatever other context) and made it so completely absurd that it’s impossible to take seriously – i.e. parody.

    I’m actually really glad to hear people taking a strong critique of gender roles and how they’re portrayed in pop culture, but I just don’t see that in the video.

    To me, it’s a very good parody. It’s taken a song which all but reduces women to bikinis and tanned skin bared for men’s pleasure and turned it into an anthem for women kicking ass in an area presumed to be dominated by men.

    But I suppose we all interpret things differently. We might just have to agree to disagree. If nothing else, it’s got people talking about these issues anyway.

    @Maverynthia – of course, you’re free to interpret and critique it however you wish.

    I’m just pointing out that in the original context the quote is a call to arms to rebel against the status quo. It has nothing to do with gender. Ignoring the original context takes a lot away from its meaning.

  22. Mantheos says:

    Actually, their posing reminded me of Lady Gaga, particularly in Alejandro. Lady Gaga lies down like that a lot in her music videos. And in Alejandro she was lying there with an upside down cross over her… you know…

  23. I love it. It is campy and fun. I like being naked, I like kitschy things and I love to laugh. It is the second geeky parody of California Girls, though! The first was Jason Munday’s “California Dorks”! (his band is called Skyway Flyer and he’s in The Ministry of Magic, a wizard rock band).

    You say “again geek girls are fanservice for the stereotypical male gamer and what he supposedly finds attractive. I think it’s pretty well established now that geek girls exist, but I guess we’re stuck in existing to be hot girlfriends of geeks. Can we do something new?”

    I don’t see myself that way. I like games and nerd stuff because I like it and I’m not too concerned with how other people see me. I don’t put myself in a “Hot Girlfriends of Geeks” box. And yes, we can do something new. Just do your thing and stop fretting over what you think are demeaning stereotypes!

    (side note: I wore a Slave Leia costume to every convention I went to when I was 19 and 20 years old so I know what shallow male attention feels like vs. who is GENUINELY cool and respectful. In my experience, people have been MOSTLY very cool and respectful)

  24. Brinstar says:

    @ MaryBeth Schroeder: It’s great that you don’t see yourself the same stereotypical way that videos and games culture portrays women. However, just because you don’t see yourself that way doesn’t make those stereotypes go away. Likewise, characterising critique as “fretting” over these portrayals–as if they are unimportant, doesn’t help to change the issue or bring the issue to people’s awareness. One of the reasons this site exists is to draw attention to sexism in gamer culture, not to dismiss it. Please refresh yourself on the mission statement of this blog, and you might find it helpful to read some of the resources about sexism/feminism, to shed light on why critique is important. :)

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  26. Treehouse says:

    This video is a good idea, the execution is just a bit off.

    Like the idea of eating an entire cake vs the reality of eating a whole cake. Sounds good, but if done, makes your stomach all twisty.

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  28. Ninya says:

    I feel people get a little too anxious about the whole “bad representation of gamer girls”. I don’t feel it was meant to represent what we are, just more of a joke on how guys obsess over us. I think they’re just using that to jokingly throw out a “we’re the best” video. I think it’s as simple as blonds vs brunettes arguments. I don’t think it’s meant to be taken so serious or make people feel like less of a person.

    Seriously, have you seen the original it’s parodying? They toned down the ridiculous, but it’s obvious they just tried to keep the same tone and make a fun video. It was funny to me!

  29. Brinstar says:

    Right. I wasn’t interested in watching this video at all, but I finally saw it because a male co-worker wanted to know what I thought of it. Like Treehouse says, it’s a good idea. The execution is not only off, but it’s completely fucking stupid. I couldn’t stand the video, the music, the imagery. It was extremely difficult to pay attention to the lyrics (which I know are posted above, but I didn’t read that bit because I wasn’t interested) because the music was just so terrible to me. It was really difficult to understand what exactly the video was about because there were so many distractions and visuals that seemed to go against what the lyrics were trying to make a point of. Thumbs down!

  30. Tricia says:

    I wanted it to like it, even though it was definitely a feminism and diversity fail. I mean really, they couldn’t find any women of color?

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