The song is incredibly catchy and the video is cute, and I also noticed that one of the actors in it is a fat chick. And I understand what an “avatar” is, but that’s as far as I got. What to make of it? Why is she always drinking things? Is this fat positive or fatist or what? Are some people the reality and some other people the avatars? And who is this actress?
Because we live in the future, that very same day, my friend Shannon Twittered about The Guild! So I decided to satisfy my curiosity the lazy way: sending her an e-mail. And here is Shannon’s excellent explanation!
She’s one of the main characters in the show and a member of “The Guild.” (Are you familiar with World of Warcraft at all?) That character has a bunch of kids, who she ignores in favor of playing online all day, and she does seem to like her cocktails. I’d say it’s more “Valley of the Dolls” than “stereotypical fat chick” and she has a hot husband who hasn’t divorced her yet despite the fact that she ignores her entire family in favor of the computer all day.
They’re all more or less stereotypes of different kinds of WoW addicts (and honestly, the show could as easily be about a message board, or any other online community, if people use it to substitute for real life). Each of them is kind of maladjusted and not terribly likeable in their own way, and the main event that sparks the series is how it all goes crazy once they actually meet in real life.
Each episode is 4-6 minutes, so it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up. I don’t play WoW, but I still found it funny.
There are a couple of instances (when the Guild decides to meet up at a nearby restaurant) where she mentions ordering pancakes, but I didn’t get the impression it was a “fat chicks love to eat pancakes” sort of thing. Just that she has no life beyond this game and loves to get out of the house.
She is really portrayed as a terrible mother (at one point she leaves the kids in the car, and she also allows them to be babysat by a guild member who keeps them in a dog crate), but again, I think that would be the same if she were a thin character.
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