The Internet. Ain't it grand? It can really bring people together sometimes (like all of us!), and I want to reintroduce you to an old flame.
Think back. Way back. Waaaaaay back, all the way back to 2014. Close your eyes if you need to. It seems so long ago, doesn't it? Now, keep your eyes closed – do you remember Angela? No? Okay, I'll give you a few hints. You can open your eyes now, btw.
- Enjoys candles. Like she is serious about candles.
- Does not appreciate being promised holiday-scented candles, and then not being able to obtain said candles.
- HATES Jen from the Appleton Bath & Body Works.
- Really, really likes candles.
Yes, I'm talking about this Angela. (You may also remember the hilarious parody of her original screed.)
Well, kittens, I'm here to tell you – there is so much more to love about Angela. That one video is not the be-all and end-all of Angela. We have barely scratched the surface of Angela. While participating in a comment thread on this very web site, I was suddenly reminded of her, and wondered what she was up to now. How had that viral video affected her life? Did she retreat from YouTube, never to return again?
I took to the Google to find out. And I am so glad I did.
I remembered Angela as being a total nightmare. The type of person who would go on the 'net and rant endlessly about holiday scented candles and her experience at Bath & Body Works is, well, someone I'd mock relentlessly. And we, collectively, as the Internet, did mock her relentlessly. I thought she was both ridiculous and unintentionally, unironically hilarious. I could not have been more wrong.
Angela is not a nightmare. She is a dream. She is an angel of candles and guinea pigs. She is an outspoken advocate for the wax community (which is an actual thing, and it's people who love candles, not some sex thing, you pervert). She has a Shih Tzu named Snookie Louise. She is a cannon of Internet gloriousness, beaming to us from her throne of peacock ephemera.
To be clear: I am not here to throw any shade at Angela (and I'm afraid I'd end up losing in Shade Court, anyway) – nay, I am here to celebrate her and share her magnificence with you.
Here are a few facts about Angela, taken from her YouTube bio:
My name is Angela and I am from the cheese state Wisconsin!
I am ADDICTED to CANDLES! You will see reviews & shopping hauls on Yankee Candle, Goose Creek Candle Company, Village Candle, Kringle Candle, Bath & Body Works, Crossroads, and many more!
I also love to post videos such as Empties, Favorites, Tags, and Beauty Products!
I foster guinea pigs, have a teacup Shih Tzu, and I'm a single mother of two fabulous girls!
Y'all. She fosters guinea pigs. I didn't even know that was a thing. Is that not the sweetest? I didn't even know I needed to be concerned about the fate of guinea pigs, but now that I'm aware, I'm glad to know there are people who are fostering guinea pigs in need. Thank you, guinea pig rescuers!
Angela's YouTube channel, where she posts daily, consists mostly of "haul" videos. For the uninitiated, these videos feature people showing the audience a bunch of stuff they just bought and then talking about each item. What I love about Angela is that her hauls are from Wal-Mart and Dollar Tree. They're from the many candle shops she enjoys. This isn't showing off ridiculously pricey Sephora purchases ( I...*cough* can't imagine the *ahem* type of sick individual who spends that much at Sephora *cough*), or Whole Foods organic recipe ingredients. This is just stuff she genuinely loves, and loves talking about.
Much like those videos of people falling up escalators – you probably will not be able to watch just one video of Angela. Or, you may not be able to watch even just one, period – she's not everyone's tumbler of bourbon.
Yeah...that's a lot of peacocks. But I digress. At first as I was watching these videos I thought, she is trolling us. This cannot be real. She is definitely trolling us. But as I watched more and scrolled through her Facebook, and saw her replies to comments and questions on her posts, I realized it was all real, and that is fabulous.
She is completely herself, with no caveats. We may not get her, we may laugh at her, we may find her a bit ridiculous, but I can't help but celebrate the fact that while her Hallmark haul bag is filled with postcards featuring the flora and fauna of Wisconsin, it contains exactly zero fucks.