Celebrity Spotlight: “Stuck On” Mars Argo

“I never got the nerve to say that I want you back, want you back…” “Moshi moshi, hi, hello…” (Argo; Poppy).

Celebrity worship is at the peak of Western culture, and it can be a bit overdone. However, celebrities still stand as a role model to their fans, and celebrity appreciation is understandable. Mars Argo, whose legal name is Brittany Sheets, is one artist worthy of all of her fame. Unfortunately, her fanbase grew a little too late, a little bit after her “disappearance” from the internet. There is a chance that she is going to return, and sometime soon, but fans wait for that day, anxiously, as they replay over and over again what little media she left behind.

Mars Argo is an internet celebrity who became popular for her unique YouTube videos with her then boyfriend, Titanic Sinclair (Corey Mixter). The duo ran a YouTube channel called “grocerybagdottv.” The channel theme was based around the corruption of Hollywood and a pseudo-scientific prophecy known as “The Singularity” (which is an event that is proposed to happen in which humans and technology become one). The pair made weird, artistic, and athletic videos created for entertainment and as social commentaries.

When YouTube started making it difficult for YouTubers to use third party music from popular artists in their videos, Mars Argo and Titanic Sinclair decided to create their own background music. The personal project got a promotion when viewers of grocerybagdottv requested for the pair to release the music they had been using due to its unique quality and addictive sound. Thus, the band Mars Argo was born, with the character Mars Argo as their face and lead singer.

Argo and Sinclair continued to work on grocerybagdottv, posting all sorts of strange and compelling content, while they produced and published catchy, nostalgic songs with artistic music videos. The iconic duo lasted for years, growing a dedicated fanbase, but tragedy struck paradise in 2014.

After an intense falling out between Sinclair and Argo, the latter disappeared from the internet without a word, without a clue, without a hint of goodbye. A new celebrity appeared in the midst of her “erasure,” and this character gained celebrity and fans quickly due to her uncanny valley productions, and the controversy surrounding her and her predecessor.

This new singer, known as That Poppy, or simply “Poppy,” was born from an idea Sinclair had to continue the strange project he had begun with Argo, with someone new. Unfortunately, Argo’s disappearance was due to Sinclair’s violent and obsessive behavior of her after she had broken up with him for cheating, and Poppy, although entertaining and addictive, was used as a tool to mock the former star for leaving.

This all came to light in 2018 when a lawsuit between the parties was leaked onto the internet. Mars Argo and That Poppy fans alike came together to dispute the claims of the opposing sides and try to find the truth—or what they wanted the truth to be. Fans of both were caught in the middle and did not know what to believe.

As of 2019, a settlement has been reached between both parties, and both artists have resolved to continue making content. Poppy has released new music recently, and is currently on tour, and has proven that she can create an identity for herself apart from Mars Argo. Mars Argo, on the other hand, has decided to come out of hiding and is rumored to be creating new music to be released soon, purportedly under her real name: Brittany Sheets. Hopefully both artists can resolve any personal issues that might linger between them and continue to create the media that makes people happy and that make their fans adore them. Until then, fans will wait for Brittany to come back.     

I hope she does.

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My Mind and My Heart 5/28/2019

It’s been so long since I’ve (seen that sun!—a reference to a song by a friend of mine) last done one of these! No, really, I think it’s been 2 and half years…oops.

Well, here I am now! Dishing out more of stuff that I, um, like.

Music: Luckily, YouTube Music can help me remember what I’ve been listening to, lately. This isn’t sponsored—I just listen to so much that I can barely keep track of it!

Apparently fashion has been on my mind lately (it definitely has been, this is the truth), and so I’ve got three songs by that title in my history. We’ve got…

  • Fashion by The Royal Concept (I’ve actually mentioned this song before! It’s just so good, man.)
  • Fashionby Lady Gaga (It’s such an uplifting and feel-good song, like, woah.)
  • Fashion by Lady Gaga (The key here is the lack of an exclamation point. This song is totally different and kick-butt and I love it.)

But there are so many more songs that I’ve been vibing with! Ugh, why is music so catchy?

  • Donatella by Lady Gaga (Is anyone else noticing a trend here?)
  • Feeling Good by Michael Buble (An anthem to live by, I’ve gotta say.)
  • Prom Queen by Beach Bunny (Totally different from a bunch of these jams.)
  • Girls Like Me by Will Joseph Cook (The music video gives me life.)
  • There She Goes by Sixpence None the Richer (Sickly sweet and romantic ;-;)
  • These Days by Nico (I feel like I’m in an indie movie because of this song. Probably because it was in an indie movie: The Royal Tenenbaums.)
  • 7 rings by Ariana Grande (A rich chick’s anthem.)
  • ME! by Taylor Swift (“You know there is a me!”)
  • Gimme Chocolate!! by BABYMETAL (This song is me as a song.)
  • Dancing On Light by Richard Dillon (So intensely beautiful. I want to skate to this song, one day.)
  • Sol by Ale F (Also intense, but in a sultry, sea-faring, sunbathing way.)

There are also probably a million other songs that I’ve been jamming to, lately. Omit the probably. I reiterate: Why is music so catchy?

Fashion: Let’s bring my current music theme into the mix, shall we? At the beginning of 2019, because of my advent in college, I tried to dress like a toned down Elle Woods, but without fifty shades of pink. So, pretty much, like a prep. Or like Vivian Kensington, I suppose? But with Little Miss Woods Comma Elle’s personality. Afterwards, I kind of fell into my old dressing ways—whatever looked nice, was freshly washed, and available I would choose. Mostly because I need to work on being a morning person and I have so many clothes that I stick to a refined number of outfits to keep myself from getting dizzy or fashionably frustrated. But now that spring is cresting and we’re on the verge of summer, I’m feeling sun-dressy and sun-hatty. I also kind of feel like dressing like a closet-cosplay of Ciel Phantomhive because I feel like then I’d be motivated to actually work. And I’d feel oh-so fancy! I also feel like dressing like Kuranosuke as Kuroko from Princess Jellyfish or Rebecca Bloomwood from Confessions of a Shopaholic. It’s a pretty tough thing to reconcile, but that’s why I’m sitting at home in my PJs right now. To sum up my style craving of the moment: Stylishly Victorian, spring-y, summer-y, and fashionable to a fault.

Food: I’m trying to lose weight and gain muscle for figure skating (I plan to burn the fat off first and then build-up the muscle, because I’ve read that you can’t do both at the same time. Pooey). Thus, I’ve been trying to eat fewer calories than usual and more protein. The only problem is that I’ve also been a fan of nostalgic foods lately—foods that I could do without. Oh well, we’ll see how it goes! Wish me luck!

Books: I started reading How To Be A Bada** At Making Money by Jen Sincero last summer, but sometime during the winter I misplaced the book. So, finally deciding to listen to it online as an audiobook instead of panicking about where I could’ve possibly put it, I was able to finish it yesterday. Yay! Go me! I am a bada**—thanks, Jen Sincero! I’m also currently reading the first volume of Kuroshitsuji by Yana Toboso (a.k.a. Black Butler) and A Study In Scarlet by none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It reinspired me to pick up on a mystery story I attempted to write back in my Junior year of high school. About 2 and a half years ago. Yike. I think I’m also going to pick up the first volume of Kuragehime (Princess Jellyfish), and I need to find Another Note: The Los Angeles B.B. Murder Case by Nisio Isin. It’s around here somewhere! Ooh, also I have about a million other books I need to read. Did I mention that I’m listening to the Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill audiobook and I think I’ll start How To Be A Bada** by, you guessed it, Jen Sincero! Also via audiobook. Okay, I’ve got a lot of reading and listening to do.

Shows and Movies: Okay, so I started watching Sherlock again! And this time I got up to the second episode! Are ya proud? Also, I think I’m going to watch the movie. I might do that after finishing this. I’ve got the ye olden times DVD set of the black and white Sherlock Holmes Adventures picture-show adaptation. Wow. A mouthful. So, Imma dig those up and watch ’em, too. As you can see, we have another trend! I also watched the Kuragehime live-action film, and plan to watch the new live-action series, as well. I watched Crazy Rich Asians recently, and I’ve gotta say: Wow. It lived up to the hype, honey! The movie also had a Kris Aquino cameo. Philippines represent!

I watched The Confessions of a Shopaholic a couple of days ago, after years of promising myself I would. I am so glad I did at last! Rebecca Bloomwood post-the-events-of-the-movie is goals. I also found myself watching Just Friends without having intended to, but it was pretty great, so I’m happy I did! Even though I spent the majority of the movie rolling my eyes at the main character and cringing at his famous ex.

Hey, I dunno if I should mention this, but I’m on a roll so why not. I rewatched Mean Girls and Black Butler Book of Murder. Part one and two. I also totally meant to watch Book of Atlantic and then flaked because I only watched it once in theaters and I’m lowkey nostalgic about those circumstances. Here’s the cringe-y part: I accidentally binge-watched the Netflix adaptation of Richie Rich while playing The Sims 3 and I don’t know how it happened, but it did. It’s pretty good for its target audience, I’ve gotta say! Oh, now I’ve gotta add the Richie Rich movie to my list of things to watch!

In terms of anime, I’ve gotta catch up on Boku no Hero Academia, and I need to finish Tokyo Ghoul, the Wallflower, and Nana. After going through my phone and finding an old screenshot, I’ve decided that I need to watch the Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji live-action movie, as well as the Ao Haru Ride one. Ooh, then I need to catch up on Good Morning Call, and oof. I’m gonna be a busy girl this summah!

“ … you can always find something you want.”
― Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic

I find that if I don’t keep up with my brain, I’m in a state of confusion. That’s because something new is happening every millionth of a jiffy in my mind, and I’m positive you can relate, yeah? The bright side to all of this bulk is that it’s almost summer. That means that I’m practically unstoppable and I’ve got all the time in the world! For the most part. I really hope that I’m able to live up to my summer expectations! Let’s see what I’m like in fifty months from now, shall we?

 

 

Lizi!!! On Ice!

Laughter echoing around the freezing arena, wind howling alongside it. I step onto the ice, my blades gliding on the sleek, glassy surface. A skater leaps, spins, a hockey player zooms past me, a breeze in his wake. People wobble past, hand in hand, smiling and giggling. I survey the cold, open space, and I smile. The glacial beauty of it all hits me, as I stroke, in a sort of steady, forward glissade, on the sheer, freezing crystal beneath me.

I had always wanted to be a figure skater. When I was a little girl, about five or six years old, I would watch the Olympics and figure skating programs on television and I desperately wanted to be as powerful and beautiful as Michelle Kwan. Of course, as an ambitious child, I wanted to do everything. I am still the same way. But, alongside ballet, piloting a plane, and being a princess or a pirate captain, I wanted to be a figure skater.

Around the same year I became obsessed with figure skating, a Barbie movie called Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus came out. It was perfect timing for Mattel (the company behind Barbie movies), really. The 2006 Winter Olympics were coming up, and I was obsessed with this new movie involving a figure skating princess. I remember watching the movie at least three times a week – and I often pretended to be Princess Annika (Barbie’s role). Of course, I was already obsessed with Barbie and figure skating, and this new movie made me extra crazy about both. I wanted my parents to get my figure skating lessons, but my parents thought it was just a phase, and knew of no nearby ice rinks.

Years passed and I still admired figure skating, but I never really got involved with it, and my obsession and need to learn the sport faded. I still involved it in my 4th grade art project, however, when my art teacher assigned my class to paste a picture of our faces to a drawing of what we wanted to do in the future. My picture was of me doing a Y Spiral – an element in figure skating in which one lifts her leg so that her foot is over her head. I am not yet flexible enough to do that, but I will be one day.

It was not until 2016 that my love for skating was reignited. A show called Yuri!!! On Ice rose to popularity in the anime community and I was hooked on it. The story was about a young figure skater who had lost hope and motivation after a series of unfortunate events and a very brutal competitive loss, but when the world’s greatest figure skater and his idol quits skating competitively to become his coach, his passion for the sport is reignited. Having loved figure skating as a child and loving anime as much as I did, I ate that show up. It awoke something in me – a newfound love for the sport. This passion had been laying dormant within me for years and here it was again, alive and definitely robust.  

I began asking my parents to take me skating. I watched all sorts of videos online and I tried to get into the habit of working out and stretching whenever I could. I watched programs and tutorials, and performances. It was like being possessed by my younger self.

At this point, I had never even stepped foot onto the ice of a rink, and I consumed videos on how to skate like a beggar at a buffet, and I tried my best to educate myself on different skating elements. An axel? I had no idea how that was any different from a loop. A sit spin? Is that not a cannonball spin? I was a kindergartener in a high school class when it came to learning about all the nit-picky and artistic things about the sport. I had some understanding of this internationally adored art thanks to figure skating media – the Olympics and Yuri!!! On Ice – but I did not know right from left when it came to really comprehending the details.   

I finally convinced my dad to take me to the ice rink on December 2nd, 2016 (I will be honest, I threatened to walk the 5.2 miles to the rink around six in the evening and started the trek in order to get him to agree to take me, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do). It was definitely way harder than I expected, but I loved every minute of it. It was the most exciting thing I had experienced – or so it felt – and then it never happened again. Sort of.

I asked my father over and over again for two years to take me back to the rink. He kept telling me he would take me skating again “later” and “later” and “next week” and “this summer” and “next summer” –  et. cetera, et. cetera. It was frustrating not going, because it meant I could not get better at ice skating. Not learning how to ice skate meant I would not, for certain, learn how to figure skate, which requires knowing how to escape the ice rink wall. Yet, after months of begging and nagging and disappointment, I was lucky enough to get him to agree on July 7th, 2018, and through meeting one of my friends there who had started skating (through pure serendipity), I was able to convince my parents to let me start skating. Thank…goodness.

Shortly after two trips to the rink as a public skater, I got my parents to sign me up for group lessons. I was so excited, I probably could have done an axel right then and there – except I definitely could not, and that is why I needed lessons to begin with.

I have been going as often as I can since that fateful summer day, and I do not regret it at all. Of course there are days when I feel like I am not worthy, and I think I am going to quit, but I think about how far I have come since that wobbly first encounter on the ice and I persevere. I have gone from clinging to the wall for dear life to doing waltz jumps and scratch spins, and I am still improving as the days go on. I have started learning more jumps and more spins recently, while I could barely do swizzles in July and crossovers in August. Axel, here I come.

I am really delving into the figure skating world now that I have become a participant in this artistic sport. This past Christmas I performed in the Holiday Show with my sister. This upcoming Christmas I hope to perform a duet with her again, and a solo program. And next year, I will be competing. I already have a program set for then. See? It was positively worth it. “Here’s to gold!”