by Maggie LaMaack
#MSPtweeps is a weekly interview series featuring some of the best and brightest Twin Cities tweeters; the ones who continually make us LOL and OMG!
Happy 2014, Internet! We have a special treat for your hungover selves: @_omgigi_!
Gigi Berry is, in my opinion, the most underrated person on Twitter in this city. She is a pop culture phenom and recently created a Bae Application that was one of my favorite things on the Internet this year. She also loves beards. (Note: “bae” is defined below)
When and why did you join Twitter?
I joined a few years ago when I was super active on a Live Journal community/gossip site called Oh No They Didn’t! I used to comment in the community frequently and also contribute new posts. Most people on the site had Twitter accounts they would share during the weekly ‘Free For All Friday,’ so I made one to chat with members when I wasn’t on the site. I met some really great friends in that comment section that quickly became real life friends.
What is the best thing and the worst thing about Twitter?
The best thing is meeting people in a city where I am still fairly new. I moved from Atlanta to the Twin Cities about two years ago and the first few friends I met were through my job. Then, one day some dude with a frog avi (Editor’s Note: That would be Kyle Matteson, aka @solace. Read his interview with us.) was selling an Alabama Shakes ticket, and I followed him to get more information. I was too late and the ticket was gone, but I continued following him and he quickly became a great friend of mine that introduced me to more really awesome people and that’s ALL BECAUSE OF TWITTER.
The worst thing is also meeting people. I can understand being shy when you meet new people, but when you’re so shy to the point you’re basically a mute and nothing like you are online I’m like ‘Well where is this funny & interesting person I met on Twitter? When are they coming?’
Please explain to everyone what a bae is.
Okay, so ‘bae’ is literally short for ‘babe.’ Then some genius thought it would be great to make it an acronym for ‘before anyone else.’ I use ‘bae’ for both ‘babe’/'before anyone else.’ I also use it ironically and non-ironically. It’s like saying that you’re my babe/bestie/baby/friend/partner in crime, pretty much.
I started using ‘bae’ when I would live-tweet the show Catfish with my friends. I wish I had counted how many times that word would just pop up on the screen during this show, it’s amazing. Anyway, it was jokingly renamed ‘Baefish’ and ‘bae’ became a part of my vocabulary. When I befriended more people in the cities I started calling them baes, and it stuck.
How many baes have you accepted from your Bae Application?
I’ve gotten about 40 responses. I pretty much give everyone the opportunity to be my bae, but special attention is given to beardy dudes over six feet tall who will let me pick the toppings when ordering a pizza and won’t make me go outside for nature stuff. I kind of just put it out there jokingly, but then my friends will RT it and some unsuspecting potential bae I don’t follow will fill it out and I’m all like “oh hey, what’s up bb.”
Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t know from following you on Twitter.
I had this really gnarly tumor in my jaw a few years ago. It’s called an Ameloblastoma and it was caused by an impacted tooth. It took three doctors 13 hours to take it out, and basically make me a new jaw. It’s probably the scariest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life.
I have a scar from the surgery that goes from my ear to chin that is noticeable when my hair is pulled back. No one ever asks about it (I’m assuming it’s the Minnesota Nice) but I really do like sharing my story with anyone that will listen. That surgery changed my life and those doctors helped me look like ME again. I am forever grateful.
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Obnoxious vodka lemonade drinking resident of Minnetwerkpolis about that pizza & beard life. Currently working as a Gucci Mane historian. Still a f’n unicorn.
Give us your top three of each:
Local Twitter accounts:
1.@mandyapolis – She knows the words to every ratchet rap song in my heart and also about that #carblife with me. She also keeps it real with me and I honestly need more of that in my life.
2 @jalbus – Recently met this beardo and he’s perf! Also super relieved he doesn’t look all scary and masky irl.
3.@foyobli – My current main bae and partner in the ‘Perfect Bangs Forever Club.’ I’ve ruined her vocabulary and she’s added to mine. “HEARD THAT” – in my Meg voice
Non-local Twitter accounts:
1.@HauteCraigture – Original bae! Craig was the first real friend I met on Oh No They Didn’t! and we both love really awful reality TV and Queen B’s (Britney AND Beyonce). He also lets me use his HBOGo & Netflix accounts so that’s REAL LOVE right there. I like to think we are each other’s #1 fan and he’s also the love of my life.
2 @inthecalzone – My friend Jane, she’s also from Georgia, but she lives in a mythical place called ‘Macon.’ She’s basically from Atlanta considering she is there almost every week for a Braves or Hawks game, depending on what season it is. She talks about baseball a lot, like so much to the point I’m like, ‘How are we even friends??’
3. @vodkalemonades – My friend Alex. SHE HAS PERFECT HAIR and works as a bartender in Milwaukee. Also she’s Lana Del Rey’s stunt double in all her videos.
Favorite albums of the year:
1. Kanye West ”YEEZUS” – My namesake so obviously it’s number 1
2. Drake “Nothing Was The Same” – I love this album. My favorite twitter moment this year is when @RossRahilia invited me to Drake’s show here and I live tweeted the entire magical experience
3. I’M GONNA HAVE TWO BECAUSE I DON’T FOLLOW RULES:
Beyoncé’s Beyoncé – cause Beyoncé obviously — and Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz
Favorite things on the Internet this week:
1. I’m dedicated to all things YEEZUS so I came across this and my life changed immediately.
2. I know people don’t like Miley and I get that, but I’m totally here for a girl that owns her ratchetness. She was one of my favorite things this year.
3. BEARDY FACES ARE MORE ATTRACTIVE according to this random beard blog I’ve never heard of.
Any last words?
It is weird to be profiled for my twitter account. I am basically just being obnoxious and irrational most the time, and people still follow me so that’s cool.