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Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star Would Like You to Forget About Their Pasts

Lonelygirl15
Lonelygirl15

Lonelygirl15

Ah, the one that started it all. Back when YouTube was just getting off the ground and we were all naive enough to believe that everything people posted on the site was, you know, the truth, along came Lonelygirl15. Launching on June 16, 2006, just 16 months after the video platform went online, we all believed we were watching the video diary of a teenage girl named Bree dealing with the sort of mundanity that we’re all familiar with. Somehow, Bree’s vlog became one of YouTube’s most popular. Three months later, we would learn that Bree wasn’t actually Bree at all—rather, she was a 19-year-old actress named Jessica Rose and the entire thing had been developed by three creators Mesh Flinders, Miles Beckett, and Greg Goodfried, under the working title The Children of Anchor Cove. And just like that, we would never truly trust anything ever again.

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