What is Team Unicorn?

23 Mar

In the last post I mentioned Team Unicorn (TU). They are, in all actuality “old news” – going viral back in September 2010 with their riff video “G33k and G4m3r Girls” (parodying Katy Perry’s California Girls), which pulls cameos from Stan Lee, Starbuck (scream!!) – aka. Katee Sackhoff, and Seth Green (who is married to one of the. erhm, Unicorns).

Actionflickchick takes up some of the debate on the conflicts surrounding the production, the representations, and the viewer polemic regarding the intersection of women, “geeks”, and sex appeal/attractiveness. They also grab an interview with TU, here’s a snippet:

AFC: At San Diego Comic-Con this year, Kristin Rielly (Geek Girls Network) got Kari Byron (MythBusters), Bonnie Burton (“Star Wars Shout Outs in G33k & G4m3r Girls Music Video”), and others to do a “Geek Girls Exist” panel there. Right before the convention, a number of us got into heated discussions with some guys who just didn’t get why geek girls needed to assert their sheer existence.

Team Unicorn: It’s a tricky situation. If a girl states her preferences for games, comics, etc., there is usually some backlash that it can’t possibly be so, whereas a guy almost never gets questioned. So it seems like there is more unnecessary pressure on females to “prove” themselves as geeks, which is ridiculous. We don’t want “female” branded games or geekery, or to be known as “female geeks” we just want to be accepted and unquestioned in the geek community as legitimate geeks without having to defend our genuine love for the same things that boys love. Our song is called “Geek & Gamer Girls” only because we are parodying Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”, but it was never our intention to isolate girls from the geek and gamer communities. “ — retrieved 23 march, 2011 from Actionflickchick

I’ll keep following their movements over the coming months, whilst I find them uninteresting in terms of them being a “production”, they do have a presence that stirs up interesting discussion on notion of the boundaries between geek/nerd image and identity and that which might be called “traditional femininity”.

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