Friday, June 24, 2016

Starrkeisha "Imma Independent" & My Analysis of Types Of Comments On Starrkeisha Discussion Threads

Edited by Azizi Powell

My initial plan was to share my analysis of the characteristics and content of selected comments that were posted by pre-teen children (ages 7-12 years) on several discussion threads of Starrkeisha videos. "Starrkeisha" is Black comedic female character who was conceptualized and is performed by vocalist and female impersonator Cameron J.

However, as I prepared to write that post I found out that
1. It was sometimes difficult to determine whether commenters were children or not.
2. Some of the characteristics that I believe were characteristics of children's comments were also characteristics of teens' and adults' comments.

As a result of these conclusions, I have amended my initial plan and decided to present this post about certain characteristics of comments that I noticed in discussion threads of several Starrkeisha videos. I hasten to say that I've noticed these same characteristics-to the same extent or a greater or lesser extent-in many other YouTube discussion threads for African American Hip-Hop/R&B music.

This post is Part III of a four part series on Starrkeisha videos. This post showcases the Starrkeisha video "Imma Independent" and provides my analysis of some of the characteristics of comments that are written in eight Starrkeisha videos' discussion threads.

Click for Part I of that series. Information about Cameron J, the developer of the Starrkeisha character and the actor who performs that character, is found in that post along with links to the other posts in this series.

Click for Part IV of this series. Part IV focuses on what I call "Facebooking YouTube Comment Threads: Kids Commenting On Starrkeisha Videos' Discussion Threads." Examples of those "Facebook type" comments from Starrkeisha discussion threads are featured in that post.

The content of this post is presented for folkloric, cultural, and entertainment purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Cameron J for conceptualizing and performing the Starrkeisha character. Thanks to all others who are associated with these videos and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to the publisher of the video that is showcased in this post.

SHOWCASE VIDEO: Starrkeisha - I'mma Independent (@TheKingOfWeird)

RandomStructureTV Published on Feb 6, 2013

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These comments are gleaned from eight Starrkeisha videos which were published in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. These Starkeisha video discussion threads are the only ones that I've read in their entirety or almost in their entirety.

These examples document how many comments in these discussion threads are written. Post IV provides examples of what many comments in those same discussion threads are about (their subject matter).

This analysis doesn't purport to cover every category of comment that is found in those videos' discussion threads. That said, I believe that the types of comments that are included in this post are representative to a greater or lesser degree of the types of comments in other Starrkeisha videos. And I think that this is particularly the case regarding the discussion threads for the Starrkeisha videos before 2016 when it appears that their producer/writer, actor Cameron J focused on the ongoing saga of the relationship between Starrkeisha and "baby daddy" Cameron J.

The title, publisher's name, and publishing date of each Starrkeisha video which served as the source for comments that are featured in this post are given in chronological order based on that publishing date, with the earliest dated video given first. Those videos are cited as Source 1, Source 2, and so forth. Comments include the commenter's name and date (usually the year) the comment was published.

Source #1 (S1) I Need My Child Support Money! - StarrKeisha/Cameron J., RandomStructureTV, Jan 15, 2011
"The newest edition to RSTV is not only ghetto, but quite trashy and uneducated. I wanted to create a character that can bring some ghetto fabulous flavor to my channel, StarrKeisha definitely does that! Lol!"
This first video in the Starrkeisha series introduces the characters "Starrkeisha" and (baby daddy) Cameron J.

Source #2 (S2) Starrkeisha Fights!, RandomStructureTV Uploaded on Mar 12, 2011
"Cameron J's sister Tori calls and confronts Starrkeisha about the lies she has been spreading. Starrkeisha recently called and accused Cameron J. of being her "baby's daddy." Tori knows this is a lie and is ready to fight to make Starrkeisha shut her mouth. Starrkeisha calls on her sisters ZoRonda' and Mercedes to fight Tori and her friend Tavia. - GHETTO STYLE!"
Starkeisha and sisters lose the fight badly. After Tori and Tavi leave, Starrkeisha and sisters brag about how they won the fight. Starkeisha and her sisters are performed by three different female impersonators while Tori and Tavi are performed by two young Black women.
Source #3 (S3): Child Support Rap Battle - Starrkeisha VS Cameron J, RandomStructureTV, Uploaded on Nov 9, 2011
Starrkeisha tries to get child support from Cameron J for the child she alleges is his. Cameron J denies that the child is his.
Source #4 (S4): Starrkeisha's Car Trouble - @TheKingOfWeird, RandomStructureTV, Published on Aug 14, 2012
"Drama" occurs when Starrkeisha and her sisters have car trouble.

Source #5 (S5): Pregnant Again - Starrkeisha & Cameron J (@TheKingOfWeird), RandomStructureTV
Published on Dec 3, 2012
"Starrkeisha is pregnant... AGAIN!"
Starrkeisha calls Cameron J and tells him he is her baby daddy- again.

Souce #6 (S6): Starrkeisha - I'mma Independent (@TheKingOfWeird), RandomStructureTV, Published on Feb 6, 2013
Starkeisha sings and dances to a song about how she is independent (i.e. She doesn't need any financial support from anyone else. Of course, her actions regarding her "baby daddy" Cameron J contradicts these statements.
Source #7 (S7) The Starrkeisha Choir - Formation! @TheKingOfWeird #BeyHive, RandomStructureTV Published on Feb 16, 2016
Starrkeisha and multiple copies of Starrkeisha sing a mashup of a Pop and a Gospel song.

Source #8 (S8) PETTY SONG - The Starrkeisha Cheer Squad! - @TheKingOfWeird, Randome Guye Published on Apr 3, 2016
Starkeisha and multiple copies of Starrkeisha perform a cheer and dance to a mashup of current hit R&B and Pop songs.

Here are some ways that comments are written in various Starrkeisha discussion threads. This list isn't meant to be comprehensive. For example, it doesn't include comments that are written in standard English (comments that include standard [mainstream] American spelling, punctuation, and capitalization) as well as comments that include words that are elongated by adding vowels (such as "I loooove this").

These "categories" are given in no particular order. Notice that many of these comments could be placed in more than one category that is given below.

I've given numbers to these comments for referencing purposes only.

WARNING: As is the case with a number of YouTube video discussion threads, the Starrkeisha video discussion threads that I have read contain profanity, the n word, and sexually explicit language. None of those examples are found below.

Documentation Of Selected Comment Examples:
examples of little or no capitalization or punctuation or inconsistent use of capitalization or punctuation
1. Suzzanne Freeman, June 2016 (S3)
"yall two are so so funny I'm about to choke laughing and for you starkeisha leave the man alone he right your wig rached and your jacket is to small I watch yall videos all the time."

edgar worthen, April 2016 (S4)
2. "I love your videos make some more that is awesome my name is Elaine what's your name and Grete I love your videos and makemore videos⑤♥♥O:-) missing I am 10"

3. Jamiya's Life, May 2016 (S5)
"she don't need your mony she can have my mony starrkeisha why are you acting like a girl with your blue wig and a blue coat"

4. Queen Savannah, June 2016, (S8)
"its a challenge n everybody have to do it its all over Instagram (two emoticons)i did it but its to embarrassing to post (comment followed by three smiley emoticons)"

examples of African American Vernacular English (grammar- "be")
6. Tori Alexander, June 1016 (S5)
"girl he be tripin all mans do get a dna girl he know he want u he lien he love u honey dont cry he better make it rain"

7. Joyce Mackey2 years ago (S6)
"I Be Tryna Figure Out, How He Get Into Those Jackets" (followed by a smile pictorial)

8. alexus rodriguez, 2013 (S6)
"u need to mqake more video wit starrkeisha cause she be killen it i aint gonna lie u killet it"

9. missbri356, June 1016 (S7)
"He be killing it lol had to hit thst like and subscribe button πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ˜‰"

10. Destiny Patterson, June 2016 (S2)
"this is really how girls be acting when they get beat they won.....(followed by 11 smiley face emoticon)

examples of African American Vernacular English (vocabulary)
11. Rich Kidd, 2013 (S1)
"I can't believe this is the first S to the T A double R K E to the I to the S H A video.... OMG.. Cameron keep it up.. Thanks for all of your videos. They SERIOUSLY crack me up.."

12. Erykah Tomlinson, 2012 (S2)
Oh Lawwwddd !!!!

13. K_slayz_4_dayz2 months ago (S2)
"YOU WON? YOU WON?! Man the only thing you threw was shade"

14. Princess Kenya, June 2016 (S4)
"Don't talk smack to nobody that's going to help you!!"

15. Trinitee Bryant, April 2016 (S3)
"He told her off with the quickness man like boyyyyyy. Cameron is cute though"

16. Cameron Saddler, 2015 (S6)
"Star don't believe those haters and if you want say haters gonna hate and my name is Cameron saddler and money is on your mind :-) :-) :-) :-)!!!"

17. Kae J, 2013 (S6)
I'm finna be singing that song and making it famous

18. Kimmy Jones, June 2016 (S7)
"Now this is fireπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯"

19. Joimyka Ward, June 2016 (S7)
"i feel u it is they can sing."

20. Mimi 1026, June 2016 (S7)
"oh lawd I died"

21. Adriane Russ, June 2016, (S8)
"I love the beat that thing go hard"

22. Ariyah Roundtree, June 2016 (S8)
"they killt it πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―"

23. Amyah Hoover, June 2016 (S8)
"They slayed that 24/7" (comment followed by four smiley face emoticons)

examples of comments with emoticons or other pictorial representations and/or emoticons/pictorial representations being the entire comment
24. Keaisha Franklin, May 2016 (S2)
"You did not win you got BEAT starrπŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ‘…πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š☺πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œπŸ˜πŸ˜£πŸ˜"

25. Krys'dionna Brantley, December 2015 (S4)

26. Lanay Wheeler, June 2016 (S5)

27. Sia Tanuvasa, June 2016 (S7)
"This just gives me so much happiness lolπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯"

28. Debra Woods, June 2016 (S7)

29. examples of internet/text messaging acronyms and abbreviations (internet slang)
Mekyah Dunbar, 2013 (S1)
i loveded u lol u is2 much 

30. shirley roman, April 2016 (S3)
"no lie this guy is so funny made my stress go away a bit lmfao"

31. kat3lynnn_, June 2016 (S7)
"OMG this is legit my new theme song for life)

examples of abbreviations and/or a letter and/or number used instead of fully spelling out a word
32. Shania g, June 2016 (S7)
"righh slay lit low-key idku tho"

33. Canaria Powell, June 2016 (S8)
"thats awesome the mashup is da bomb do more plz

examples of randomly typed letters and/or keyboard characters with or without seemingly random words
34. Marques Bluitt, June 2016 (S2)
"+Shernell “ghjhhguhuugjhfjjuNelly” Crutchfield hjjgjgnjjkgkiuuju"

35. Megan Steele, June 2016 (S2)
"hth Nehru hc6hfgy 92uf 46-year-old age ufutfugjfuufufugh guy fuufjtuff rjghyrydhvhnfπŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ‘€πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸš³πŸš±πŸ›„πŸ’€πŸ‘„πŸ‘…πŸ’©πŸ”₯πŸ’§πŸ‘€"

36. Thomasiana Williams, October 2015 (S4)
"fplnqk in unglazed joc j box Cypriots to"

examples of one, two, or three word comments, sometimes pertinent to the discussion and sometimes not
37. Angela Cowgill,June 2016 (S3)

38. Tamara Morrell, April April 2016 (S3)

39. Dalya Abdullah, June 2016 (S4)

40. Zymere Visco, May 2016 (S5)
"Sharkeisha is Cameron j"

41. Meosha Brown, May 2016 (S5)

42. Janiya McGill, June 2016 (S4)
"+ZymereVisco DUHHH(followed by four emoticons)"

examples of misspelled words (words that aren't purposely misspelled)
43. Janai Crotzer, 2013 (S1)
"She don't even go to shersh"

44. Raina Priester, 2013 (S6)

45.Keyanta Gary, June 2016 (S8)
"Ok ladies now let's go get some loshon"

46. Chaotic Madness, June 2016 (S8)
"Okay Keyanta Gary Lets get some spelling its l-o to the t i o-n we know your petty i can tell u that much O.o"

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