Laina Morris, colloquially known as an “overly attached girlfriend” thanks to her viral YouTube videos, auctioned off her first non-fungible token (NFT) for 200 Ethereum (worth about $417,200 at press time).
“You guys are INSANE. Thank you to everyone who bid and special thanks to [3F Music]. Truly, you have no idea how this is going to change my life. I mean it. I am so incredibly thankful and also still just BLOWN AWAY,” Morris tweeted today, adding, “So weird. So cool. Wtf. Thank you, internet.”
The winning bid for the NFT was placed by music studio 3F Music. It recently also paid 350 ETH (roughly $730,562) for an NFT auctioned by The New York Times.
Morris became famous in 2012 when she published a parody video on YouTube where she played the role of an “overly attached girlfriend” singing a song to her boyfriend (and it’s not clear whether he is even aware of their relationship). However, Morris went mostly radio silent since then.
“My name is Laina, and I am the (creepy) face behind the meme. By owning the authenticated Overly Attached Girlfriend NFT, you’re guaranteed to never be alone again. Ever,” Morris wrote in the description of her auction.
Notably, the NFT was minted on April 1 and potentially could’ve been just an April fools’ joke. Bids started at 0.5 ETH (just over $1,000) but things quickly escalated today after 3F Music initially offered 30 ETH ($62,000). In just 20 minutes, the stakes surged, ending with the winning bid of 200 ETH.
Meanwhile, it is not entirely clear what 3F Music actually bought here. Whether it’s Morris’s “creepy face” meme or the photograph itself as an artwork, it is highly unlikely that the NFT’s owner will be able to use it in any meaningful way.
Yesterday, 3F Music similarly bought two NFTs with meme photos of Allison Harvard, aka “Creepy Chan,” for 35 ETH ($73,250) and 40 ETH ($83,500). According to Harvard herself, the NFTs allowed her to “authenticate & stake claim” on her image.
“Money aside, minting the Creepy Chan NFTs allowed me to authenticate & stake claim on my image. For years, they have circulated the internet without me ever having a say how they were used. I feel like I got to take my power back today. So thank you all again. It means a lot,” Harvard tweeted yesterday.
Although it is highly unlikely that minting NFTs would stop memes from spreading or allow her to “have a say” in how they ultimately will be used.
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