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Simply put, there’s no better way to describe the comedic stylings of Miranda Sings than to use the cliche statement:

It’s an acquired taste!

Unfortunately, Netflix has decided after two seasons that Haters Back Off is unsavory enough to put on the back burner. Or rather, the numbers were unsavory enough.

At this point, it’s still a bit up in the air what exactly brought YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger’s painfully awkward series to a screeching halt * cue ugly crying *, but Ballinger, who posts to YouTube on a practically daily basis, has only had kind words to say about working with Netflix since the news first broke.

Love to hate her

The creator of Miranda Sings, the obnoxiously childish teen whose life was chronicled in the show, couldn’t be more different from her horribly narcissistic character.

As far as characters go, Miranda is just about as rotten and disgusting as they come. She’s rude, sloppy, and not to mention inept in the fashion department; as well as a lot of other things, as we learned over the course of the sixteen episodes that were so graciously bestowed upon us by the world’s favorite streaming service. For example, we found out in the first episode of the second season that Miranda doesn’t know how to use a can opener. One of many scenes that went on for far too long…you know, for comedic effect.

If it sounds like I didn’t like Haters Back Off, I’m not doing a good job of explaining it at all. After all, it’s a really hard show to describe (you should just trust me and go watch it).

As far as characters go, Miranda is just about as rotten and disgusting as they come. She’s rude, sloppy, and not to mention inept in the fashion department…

Most shows pride themselves on being visually appealing or unnecessarily probing. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But, Haters Back Off is not ‘most shows,’ as I’m sure you’ve gathered. It prides itself on making you feel really, really uncomfortable.

Maybe even a little bit nauseous.

Rightfully so, because it’s fantastic at both.

The show’s lack of appealing scenery (much of the show takes place inside of Miranda’s dingy and underwhelming suburban Washington-state abode), swivels the spotlight on aspects of the structure that really deserve our attention, in particular the strained and uncoordinated relationships between Miranda and those around her.

Haters Back Off, in it’s purest form, is indeed a comedy, but the constant contrast in visuals creates a unique tone that at times resonates more closely with drama.

Miranda’s gregariously shiny wardrobe and personality are kept in check by the drab colors and ordinary nature of her surroundings. Haters Back Off, in it’s purest form, is indeed a comedy, but the constant contrast in visuals creates a unique tone that at times resonates more closely with drama.

Straight up funny is great, but Ballinger’s brand of the stuff adds a bit more depth to the experience of comedy.

A laugh injected with a twinge of sweetness every now and again, but mostly a whole lot of unexpected sour.

A true loss…?

As weird, uncomfortable, and gross as it was, Haters Back Off bombarded its viewers with the fact that it’s alright for people to be just that – weird and gross.

I mean, what other show puts its main character in a bathtub full of knock-off Spaghetti-o’s? Better yet is the fact that the audience could see it coming from a mile away…

The entertainment industry would love to have us believe that everyone is as perfect and polished as they are in TV shows and movies. Well I am happy to report that this is utter bulls*it and Haters is a perfect example as to why.

As weird, uncomfortable, and gross as it was, Haters Back Off bombarded its viewers with the fact that it’s alright for people to be just that – weird and gross.

Miranda Sings is everything that we should strive not to be, but also a walking representation of all of the obnoxious people we encounter at some point in our lives.

It was refreshing to watch a show unfold that didn’t try too hard. For a show about a teen who tries much, much too hard, the outstanding writing and performances from Ballinger and her cast mates make it seem almost effortless.

Truly, I’ll miss Haters Back Off.

Good thing Miranda still has YouTube.

Haters gonna hate.

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