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5 low/no-budget YouTube videos that look better than Aurini’s Not The Sarkeesian Effect

For those on a budget
For those on a budget

Watching the abomination that is Davis Aurini’s version of The Sarkeesian Effect “Immersed in Subversion,” I kept reminding myself that this was a “film” that cost tens of thousands of dollars to make. Virtually none of this money, obviously, found its way onto the screen.

Yesterday, partway through watching the “film,” I tweeted that I’d “seen flat earth videos with better production values.”

As proof, here are 5 low or no budget YouTube videos with better production values than Aurini’s terrible “film.” Including, yes, a flat earth one.

1) Bowling Ball Nut Drop!

Crisp image. Good coverage. There’s inconsistent color between some of the cameras, but I’ll forgive Nasty the Horse and his crew for that, as he just got hit in the nuts with a bowling ball. Twice.

2) DESPICABLE ME 2 – FART BLASTER!!! Unboxing & Review

This video has more than 8 million views. I have no idea why people watch these, but, hey, it’s very well done, and the kid is arguably a better narrator than Davis Aurini.

3) What the cats really get up to when no one is home

A couple attached Go-Pro cameras to each of their cats to see what they did when no one was around. Despite being literally filmed by cats, this video looks better than Aurini’s. The images are generally pretty crisp, and the shots are in many cases better composed than Aurini’s.

While the camerawork is shaky when the cats are in motion, this in many ways works in the cats’ favor, capturing the excitement of such cat activities as running around for no reason, and running around for no reason with a twist-tie in your mouth.

4) A Goldmine of Blackhead & Whitehead Extractions

This video makes clear why Dr. Sandra Lee is the queen of the pimple-poppers. Good lighting, steady camerawork, simple, understated graphics, unobtrusive editing, and lots of solid pops.

5) Top Proof We NEVER Went To The Moon!

No, I didn’t forget about the flat earthers. Jeranism, a flat-earther and moon “truther,” may be completely wrong about pretty much everything, but his videos are a good deal slicker than the work of either Owen or Aurini. He puts out roughly 8 videos a month while taking in less than $400 a month on Patreon.

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Paradoxical Intention - Resident Cheeseburger Slut

Wait, are you telling me I could make 400 bucks a month by making videos about how we never went to the moon?

Holy shit, what am I doing with my life???

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
5 years ago

Your review of the filmed-by-cats video is a masterpiece. 10/10 would endanger keyboard again.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
5 years ago

Honestly, even with the Law Of Right-Wing Projection in play, I still wasn’t expecting this… Thing… To cost exactly nothing.

– PowerPoint: Comes standard with most computers.
– Windows Movie Maker: Comes standard with most computers.
– Photoshop: Ostensibly $700, but let’s be honest, he pirated it.
– Stock images: Nicked from Google without permission.
– Footage of Anita: Nicked from Anita’s videos without permission.
– Interviews: All filmed for TSE, not this, so I’m counting them as reused stock footage.

Christ. He’d be arrested for this if his marks weren’t all so grateful to have senpai notice them.

Dizzy
Dizzy
5 years ago

I love Dr. Pimple Popper. She’s figured out exactly what her viewership wants and does the absolute best at it. Interestingly, did you know that all she did all those videos for free? Basically, if you let her film it and put it up on YouTube, you don’t have to pay for the procedure. Which has got to be pretty sweet for people who have massive cysts or the most recent guy with the enormous skin tag.

Even if I wasn’t obsessed with popping, I would still take Dr. Lee over any anti-Sarkeesian video any day. <3

Falconer
Falconer
5 years ago

What exactly was I supposed to see in that video by Jeranism? Because all I saw was a guy who’d worked an argument from incredulity into a meager living.

Falconer
Falconer
5 years ago

Okay, I can see an attraction in Dr. Pimple Popper — a vicarious sort of relief, and a fascination with the weird things our skin does.

But I don’t think I can watch her for very long.

opium4themasses
opium4themasses
5 years ago

@Falconer: When it comes to those sorts of videos they tend to grow on you. You’ll watch a whole bunch of them in bursts. Afterwards, you’re left feeling a bit drained.

Cerulean (Miss A)
Cerulean (Miss A)
5 years ago

@opium4themasses.

I feel like this is apropos, given your post. (Sorry if a double post, other one got eated somewhere.)

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Dizzy
Dizzy
5 years ago

@Falconer, popaholics like me are a special breed; there aren’t a whole lot of us but we are sooooooooo into it. And of course, for most of us, there’s this understanding that of course most people aren’t into it, so of course I wouldn’t force someone to watch popping videos! I watch popping videos exclusively with my mom and one of my friends. When I put popping videos on my tumblr I tag heavily and put the video itself under a readmore.

For me, it’s not necessarily about relief–although I do feel that–so much as I feel that an unpopped zit is a sin against nature. It isn’t supposed to be there and I feel just so much distress when someone doesn’t pop their zits. How can you not do that? How can you know that there’s something growing in your skin, all wrong, and not do anything about it??? So when the cyst is removed it feels like, in a small way, the world has become a better, more orderly place.

Also it’s super interesting. I probably couldn’t explain the difference between different kinds of pus without grossing you out, so I won’t, but there is a difference and it’s very interesting to me!

dlouwe
dlouwe
5 years ago

@Dizzy

You speak to my soul. Though I am also really squicky about things that come out of other peoples’ bodies, so I never really want to watch popping videos. But on the rare occasion I work up the nerve to do so, it really does feel like order is being restored to the universe on some fundamental level.

Cerulean (Miss A)
Cerulean (Miss A)
5 years ago

I really admire that Dr. Lee treats her patients so well. She actually set up a GoFundMe for a patient who had lost his wife, and her fans helped fund it.

I’d love to have swag of hers, but the idea of paying $20 for a branded comedone extractor like she uses seems mildly steep to me.

DieKampflesbe
DieKampflesbe
5 years ago

Wow all the thing turned out to be a link. I’m nor sure whether to be proud or apologetic.

Orion
Orion
5 years ago

Nabokov was a huge fan of popping videos. Or whatever they had for that before youtube. Popping memoirs, I guess.

Fabe
Fabe
5 years ago

[blockquote]– Stock images: Nicked from Google without permission.
– Footage of Anita: Nicked from Anita’s videos without permission.[/blockquote]

Isn’t using other people stuff without permission one of the things people accuse and attack Anita for doing?

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
5 years ago

What even are whiteheads and blackheads. I don’t think I’ve ever had one. I’m not watching that video though.

brooked
brooked
5 years ago

“This video is basically the same clip played over and over again…”

That fake moon landing video really sells itself.

Falconer
Falconer
5 years ago

@Opium, I see you, too.

@Dizzy, I had a cyst in my lower back a couple of years ago. It made sitting back against a surface painful, particularly sitting in a car. I went to see the doctor, and they got it out, but not without trouble. I heard the nurses talking while they were injecting the numbing agent — apparently it was coming back out the prior injection points!

Falconer
Falconer
5 years ago

@Imaginary Petals: They’re pores blocked with skin oils and keratin particles. Not the same thing as acne.

Friendly Neighborhood Dragon Arthur
Friendly Neighborhood Dragon Arthur
5 years ago

Clearly, the cat video is David’s favorite video out of the videos he linked. Although I’m just surprised at how the cats could wear the cameras on their collars without a fuss.

Now, I need a bird video about birds with cameras attached them doing bird things.

Social Justice Atheist
Social Justice Atheist
5 years ago

Content warning: gross mentions of pus

I am the same way with popping videos. I can’t stand it when pimples/cysts/boils/whatever gross pus-or-fluid-filled-what-have-you goes unpopped. It just gets to me. I think it’s a part of my OCD. I just can’t stand it. It makes me feel literally uncomfortable. I find those videos so satisfying for that reason. Like, how can people stand to leave their pimples unpopped? Just sitting under the skin, all pus-filled and shit. Being all gross under there. Whenever I get a pimple the first thing I do is pop it, then put some kind of cream or whatever on it. I haven’t ever had scarring or anything, so I’m not gonna stop. Even though I’ve heard you aren’t really supposed to pop them because they might scar more easily. But I just couldn’t stand not to.

Leda Atomica
Leda Atomica
5 years ago

Another poppist/Sandra Lee fan here!

rick
rick
5 years ago

Completely off topic, but Aurini just put a video up on his youtube channel claiming youtube is controlled by “Hollywood” and “leftists”. I didn’t watch the video for obvious reasons, but this guy is comedy gold. I’m somewhat curious to watch it to see if he mentions the Jews and the Marxists, but I don’t want to waste my time.

occasional reader
occasional reader
5 years ago

Hello.

Out of Topic, sorry, but i read in the newspaper today that some NRA folks had rewritten some fairy tales with the adding of guns (the article speak about the Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, so far). The article also states that this appropriation of old tales had lead to some parodies of this kind of misappropriation, like one of the three bears gunning down Goldenlocks for trespassing their property without authorization, same thing with the giant shooting Jack on his magic bean.
I wonder if the three little pigs should build an antiatomic shelter and equip themselves with some shotguns, or if the dwarves could kill Snowwhite because she came in without asking, or if the sleeping beauty could arrest the prince because first he came in the castle uninvited and then kiss her without her consent. I also suggest to equip the seven kids (in the goat meaning) with mini-guns to tear down the big bad wolf.
No more fairy tales, but more steely tales, it seems…

Have a nice day.

Ddog
Ddog
5 years ago

CN for grossness

Also a popper here…my adventure partner for life had a pimple on his back and I had to pop it for him. It was simultaneously the greatest and grossest moment of our relationship. It was so deep, like almost buried in the the depths of his skin. It took so much pressure to get it but Lordy we where so satisfied when that baby burst. The pressure was crazy and it went everywhere. Luckily Mr Ddog had a tissue ready for cleanup haha

Nobody Special
Nobody Special
5 years ago

Jeranism is a spoof site, surely? I know that flat-earthers do exist, but on the Patreon page linked to, on the right-hand side, we are told that for a $50 p/m donation we get to join them in a Google Hangout once a month, watching the ISS live feed or looking through NASA images. If there is anything that will prove the earth to be an oblate spheroid it’s the images from a space craft whizzing around the planet about once every 40 minutes without once having to make a sharp U-turn in order to stay on a flat plane.
Please, please tell me it’s a spoof. Nobody outside of religion can be that credulous.

Mish
Mish
5 years ago

@occasional reader – it’s not completely off-topic, if you consider that the post is about Very Silly Things 🙂

I wonder who would shoot who in Cinderella? I must confess that despite being very very pro gun control, the one fairy tale I’d like to see a gun in would be Bluebeard. Although Angela Carter’s brilliant re-telling of that one had the bride’s mother riding in on a massive horse, wielding an axe, and saving the day in the very nick of time, so …

Mish
Mish
5 years ago

@Imaginary Petal – Fingie is SO GORGEOUS. What a smug little face (a smuggleton, as we say in my house). Of course, you can never use your backpack again. Unless he decides it’s ok.

Prios
Prios
5 years ago

@Nobody Special – they are, of course, studying the feed and the images for tell-tale signs of fakery, thereby bolstering their beliefs and demonstrating the gullibility of the normies.

As entertaining as it would be to hang around in a chat room watching self-proclaimed experts grasp at straws, $50 a month seems steep.

Penny Psmith
Penny Psmith
5 years ago

Hey, off topic, but did anyone hear about the Discworld Monthly Facebook group debacle?
I’m not a member of that group, so only found out about it through a friend, but apparently the admin has been harrassed for years and eventually decided to close the group:
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(Hope the picture embeds alright, it’s via Facebook which I guess might be tricky.)

I have absolutely no knowledge about what’s behind it, but it sounds like the typical GG-ish assholery, entitled idiots who think that anyone that doesn’t do things their way deserves harrassment, lies etc. – if anyone heard more about it, I’d like to know if this hunch is correct.

Penny Psmith
Penny Psmith
5 years ago

Okay, I cannot figure out how to get the picture on here. Here’s the link anyway:comment image?oh=46bceea0534801046fc3d4cfe8af7622&oe=5789BC05&__gda__=1469231657_d7be03327c7172be6dbcf274087e3b39

Penny Psmith
Penny Psmith
5 years ago

Oh, bother. Second (third?) try.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
5 years ago

@Mish

I’ve always thought of his face as “honestly clueless”. :p

Viscaria
Viscaria
5 years ago

As someone who is massively squicked out by bodily fluids, this thread is a minefield XD.

My favourite part about the cat video was how much time Kitty 1 spent suspiciously tracking Kitty 2’s movement.

Falconer
Falconer
5 years ago

@Rick: He already mentioned Jews and Marxists. “Hollywood” and “leftists” are dog whistles for those groups, respectively.

Remember, folks: Nobody could be anything but a conservative without the sinister brainwashing and mind control of Moscow!

@Penny Psmith — the picture has to end in .jpeg or .gif to embed. Where’s the picture hosted?

occasional reader
occasional reader
5 years ago

> Mish
In Cinderella, maybe the bad mother and sisters for domestic violence ?
What about the Puss in Boots ? If the ogre shoots down the cat, no more Marquis of Carabas.
Hop-o’-My-Thumb could defeat the ogre who want to eat him with some magnum or desert eagle.
Maybe Peter would have killed the Wolf to save the Duck with a sniper rifle.

Oh, i did not know this version of Blue Beard. With an axe, really ? Well, anything with an axe is awesome, so this mother must be awesome too ! Let give this killer a close shave with it !

Skiriki
Skiriki
5 years ago

OMG, I knew this list would be a goldmine when Doc Sandra Lee’s video showed up… and then a link to more. Yikes, that’s an epic-size skintag.

Another zero budget video, which is way more fun and professional: Bengal cats talking.

Also, Didi — my Bengal — being unbearably cute.

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdrNsL4WIAElsP-.jpg

Falconer
Falconer
5 years ago

Oh, I would love a Bengal!

Skiriki
Skiriki
5 years ago

Falconer: They are so sweet cats!

Cerulean (Miss A)
Cerulean (Miss A)
5 years ago

A close friend has me interested in Maine Coons. They’re like gigantic furry lovemuffins, from my experiences. I’d still kinda like another Ragdoll myself, since my kitty best friend when I was little was a Ragdoll.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
5 years ago

@Cerulean (Miss A)

My black girlcat Desmond is a ragdoll or at least part ragdoll. She’s awesome, but so incredibly needy it can get on our nerves sometimes. She constantly climbs on us and taps us with her paws for attention. She won’t let us go in any closed rooms without meowing and scratching the door. Whenever we get a phone call she’ll run over and scream into the phone, making any intelligent conversation impossible. When my wife tries to work, the cat is always blocking her computer screen, trampling her keyboard, trying to climb up on top of her head, etc etc etc. There’s just no way to satisfy her.

This probably has nothing to do with being a ragdoll! It’s just me rambling about my cats again. :p

Sadly I don’t know how to take good pictures of black cats, which is why Fingie is the internet celeb of the two. She’s super cute in real life, but in photos she just looks like a pile of goop.

Skiriki
Skiriki
5 years ago

Imaginary Petal:
But piles of goop with two shiny eyes (and occasionally mouth and teeth) are cute! They look like sootballs from Spirited Away!

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
5 years ago

Three of our cats have been Maine Coon mixes. Adorable fuzzbutts, and very attached to their people. Two of them are gone now; we miss them very much.

ETA: Here’s the guy I miss the most, looking all tired and brave after he’d been diagnosed with cancer.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/oracle_watching/Kitty/IMG_0245_zpsb3372c31.jpg

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
5 years ago

The video filmed by cats is fantastic. It has a narrative, action, pacing, and exciting and innovative filmwork. Comparing this video with Aurini’s hot mess is really unfair to Aurini.

Skiriki
Skiriki
5 years ago

PoM: Exactly, and people who have been generously treated by Dr. Sandra Lee are going to feel relieved after those blackheads, comedones (some of which are very sore and leaky), etc are removed. Again, “relief” is not a feeling I would attribute to Aurini’s blorp.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
5 years ago

I can’t bring myself to watch the blackhead video. I respect all y’all who like it, but it gives me a literal gross shiver.

The cat video though? Those cats really portray that they are full autonomous creatures with inner lives that don’t depend at all on the humans or on one another. That’s well beyond Aurini’s skill level, and probably comprehension also.