Boxxy

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Boxxy
Born Catherine Wayne
(1992-04-28) April 28, 1992 (age 21)
Nationality American
Known for Viral videos
Internet information
Web alias(es) boxxybabee, ANewHopeee, bodaciousboxxy
Web hosting service(s) YouTube
Meme "You's Trollin'"[1]
Boxxy Guevara
Signature phrase "Okay, hi! My name is Boxxy."
Website
www.catiewayne.com

Boxxy is a character performed by American internet celebrity, Catherine "Catie" Wayne, known for her highly energetic vlogs.[2] Her rise in popularity began in late 2008 and early 2009.

Her videos, under the YouTube account boxxybabee, were initially made to be posted to her Gaia Online friends.

History[edit]

In January 2008, Wayne recorded two videos addressing her friends on Gaia Online and uploaded them to YouTube under the alias boxxybabee. They were reposted to the site i-am-bored.com later in the year, and then eventually appeared on 4chan. Wayne responded to the popularity of her initial videos in a third video that was uploaded to her new YouTube channel, boxxybabee, in January 2009. The videos depict Wayne in heavy eyeliner[3][4][5] rambling excitedly about various things.[2][6]

The presence of the videos was divisive on 4chan, with factions claiming to either support or oppose Boxxy, leading to various flame wars and hacking incidents.[3][7] This led to a denial of service attack on 4chan itself, shutting the site down for several hours.[2] Participants went elsewhere, launching a "Twitter bomb" that May.[8] On YouTube, the popular Boxxy channel was hacked and the source's identity outed.[9] A number of spoofs, parody videos, and remixes were posted throughout the web.[2][7][9]

In March 2010, Urlesque named Boxxy number 104 on its list of "The 100 Most Iconic Internet Videos". She was left out of the top 100 list because her videos were relatively new at the time.[10] In late 2010, Wayne began selling Boxxy items on eBay.[4] On November 25, 2010, she uploaded an edited clip from the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope under the alias ANewHopeee. The original clip contained Princess Leia Organa's holographic message to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Wayne replaced Princess Leia's speech with her own request for her fans' help in regaining access to her old account, boxxybabee.

On January 10, 2011, she posted a new, more introspective video[11] onto a new YouTube account (ANewHopeee)[12] in which she explains that Boxxy is a made-up character and that she acts. This video caused some discussions on its authenticity.[4][6] On January 19, 2011, Boxxy was mentioned in a local Fox 11 report on Internet trolls.[13]

On June 17, 2011, Wayne made a third YouTube account (Bodaciousboxxy)[14] and continued uploading videos of herself.[15] In this video she claims that the Boxxy in the video of January 2011 is not the real Boxxy, but a girl who looks a lot like her, who was supposedly hacked by a character named "Svetlana".

On July 21, 2011, Wayne made a new video called "Calm Down, Holden." on the ANewHopeee channel stating that Boxxy and Svetlana are just characters created by her and thanking her fans for all their support.

After a hiatus of almost six months, Wayne returned on October 25, 2012 with a new video titled, "FOAR GURLS FRUM BOXXY". In this video, she is cosplaying as Hatsune Miku for Halloween.[16]

On February 14, 2013, Wayne posted a new video titled, "FOAR BOIS FRUM BOXXY". On this video she is talking about Valentine´s Day.[17]

One month later, on March 22, 2013, Wayne uploaded a new video titled "FOAR EVERYPONY FRUM BOXXY". This video features her talking about the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.[18]

Since December 16, 2013, Wayne is a host for the Animalist YouTube series.[19]

On January 9, 2014, Wayne posted a new video titled "FOAR TOM FRUM BOXXY". In this video, she talks about Myspace and briefly mentions Tom Anderson, co-founder of Myspace.[20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wayne, Catherine (January 9, 2009). "FOAR EVERYWUN FRUM BOXXY". YouTube. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Johnson, Bobbie (January 20, 2009). "How Boxxy brought the web to its knees". The Guardian. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Jutras, Lisan (February 6, 2009). "The face that launched an online war". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Cario, Erwan (January 11, 2011). "Le grand retour de Boxxy" (in French). Libération. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ Larrouy, Sophie-Marie (January 22, 2009). "Foxy Boxxy : celle qui parle pour ne rien dire" (in French). madmoiZelle.com. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Plafke, James (January 11, 2011). "Lord in Internet Heaven Save Us, Boxxy is Back". Geekosystem. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Phillips, Tom (January 22, 2009). "Voxy Boxxy's proxy war". Metro. 
  8. ^ Hickey, Matt (May 20, 2009). "4chan legions game Twitter, bring back Boxxy". CNET. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Phillips, Tom (January 21, 2009). "Boxxy, or How A Teenage Girl May Destroy The Internet As We Know It Without Really Trying". Metro. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ Weber, Lindsey (March 5, 2010). "Boxxy - #104 - The 100 Most Iconic Internet Videos". AOL. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Things are about to get intense.". YouTube. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Please subscribe & become a friend! New Autographs coming soon!". YouTube. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Trolls". Fox 11 News. January 19, 2011. 
  14. ^ Bodaciousboxxy's's channel on YouTube
  15. ^ Plafke, James (June 17, 2011). "Lord in Internet Heaven Save Us Once More, Boxxy is Back Again". Geekosystem. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  16. ^ Youtube, (October 25, 2012), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c2JWOCHEDM
  17. ^ Youtube, (February 14, 2013), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGuX55_CDRQ
  18. ^ Youtube, (March 22, 2013), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd4D0aR_W9k
  19. ^ Youtube, (December 16, 2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro9GQU_TguI
  20. ^ Youtube, (January 9, 2014), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuosWPecWog

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