If you’ve been on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Vine lately, then you’ve probably seen pictures or videos of strange, cartoony characters recently. Maybe they’re pole dancing. Maybe they’re singing Frozen’s Let It Go. Maybe they have a celebrity’s face. Or maybe they look like a monstrosity that shouldn’t exist.
You can thank an app called ” My Idol” for all of that. Currently, it’s listed as a “trending search” in the iOS App Store, and there are a couple of clones listed on the top Free apps chart. Here’s the thing: a lot of people are playing this, but they don’t neccesarily understand it. The entire app is in Chinese — not that this is stopping anyone in the West from enjoying it. It’s like a more lewd version of Tomodachi Life, or a messed up version of Angela Anaconda.
The first time you start My Idol up, it tells you that you can import a selfie:
Despite my better judgement, I took a selfie in the dark. I am a vampire that hates light and having good eyesight, you see. The result was that the app imported my face, but it assumed I was a dude.
Sad upon the realisation that I would make a more handsome dude than I would ever make a pretty lady, I kept my avatar this way. The app does make it easy to swap, but keeping the character this way added to the weirdness. Do I really look like that? Huh. I guess I kind of do. Or maybe this is what would happen if I had sex with a Bratz doll. Either way, I would like to point out I am not the only one that had this issue.
OK, moving on…
I wasn’t able to figure out how to make my character wear cool clothes, but I was able to get him to do this stuff:
No kidding, My Idol.
Bored with my own face, I also tried importing Drake’s face straight off of my computer… and it uploaded this thing:
I’M SORRY, DRAKE.
Unfortunately the game doesn’t have very good hair options, nor does it have particularly dark skin tones, so I couldn’t really tweak Drake to look better. I could, however, make him pole dance, sooooo
All of this pales in comparison to what the internet is doing with My Idol, though. Behold:
Ever since that MyIdol app my grasp on sanity has been gradually slipping pic.twitter.com/sN74kQa13M
— Belle (@belle_sensei) April 22, 2015
tfw everyone else is posting cute & fun myidol pics pic.twitter.com/Fnlen0bFWF
— russell alton (@Choplogik) April 22, 2015
— hayley rae † (@hayleyx3jb) April 21, 2015
I did a MyIdol… pic.twitter.com/1M5mtH33JW
— Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart) April 22, 2015
okay last one. the app is called myidol lmao pic.twitter.com/LCQAxaQ1WK
— Jesús Rivera (@jesusxrivera) April 21, 2015
THIS GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU, CRANKY?! https://t.co/FLh3cB3X4l
— Victoria Holden (@sailorbee) April 22, 2015
— ruby (@slippperystyles) April 22, 2015
Picture: slim-k8t. Yes, they imported a dog’s face onto My Idol.]
Picture: sssssarara. Yes, that’s a rodent’s face.]
when you still sad about a break up but you gotta turn up in the club anyway pic.twitter.com/4KHHVx4dpC
— Morticia (@pearlmort) April 22, 2015
But perhaps the most surprising part of this My Idol craze is that I have yet to see a single person upload a dick onto a character’s face. Is this real life? You’re slipping, internet.