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Young James is here to annihilate Vine’s out-of-control youth culture
When you text bae and then something familiar happens.
Ever notice how young Vine stars look and sound like clones of each other? Sure, they cover a wide variety of topics—like troubles with school, parents, and of course “bae.” But watch enough Vine stars in a row and you might have trouble remembering who was who.
To wit, this brilliant mystery Viner created the perfect parody of the platform’s homogenized youth culture.
Young James could be anyone: The account’s vines consist of simple, digitally altered animations and a portrait of a young, white, teen-ish boy wearing a single gold chain and a vaguely menacing scowl.
But don’t be fooled by the low production value. This account is packed to the gills with satire. The star is voiced by a robotic, low-affect text-to-speech voice and his comedic observations underscore an awareness that all those clever vines you’re watching are actually basic as fuck.
Young James covers it all.
From when your crush doesn’t follow you back on Twitter.
To when the teacher calls on you and you don’t know the answer.
To thinking that your crush is waving at you.
To that moment when you get exiled to the friend zone.
And, of course, discovering bae has a thing for minions.
Young James is—for better or worse—the (robotic) voice of a generation.
Screengrabs via Young James/Vine
Nayomi Reghay is a frequent contributor to the Daily Dot, covering body positivity, feminism, sex, relationships, and gender. She is also the author of the advice column “Swipe This!” A former New York Teaching Fellow, her writing has been featured in Reductress, Rolling Stone, Mic, Someecards, and more.