This animated stranger is getting a lot of attention online.

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YouTube has 67.3 million followers on Twitter — and I’m one of them.

For years, I’ve followed the account to get updates on featured videos, YouTube Red originals and news items.

But on Wednesday, I was shocked to find YouTube’s Twitter account promoting the butt of a “perfect stranger.”

On social media, YouTube described the animated figure as “pale and weird, but oddly … comforting?”

My first thought: “WTF?” But alas, I couldn’t ~not~ click.

Turns out, the video is three minutes long. It features a creepy (yet strangely endearing) stop-motion animated figure lying naked on its stomach, whispering sweet nothings to me — and you, if you’re so inclined.

“It’s ok, you can look at my butt,” the figure, voiced by Garrett Davis, says. “I feel like I can really be vulnerable around you.”

The figure urges us to look at the sunset with him. It talks lovingly about my “shapes” (wonder if it’s listened to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You?”) and calls me beautiful. 

It DRAWS me, as if I were in Titanic, staring intently at me — perhaps into my very soul.

Image: youtube/screengrab

Do I feel violated? Flattered? Creeped out? Definitely all three, but mostly, I’m captivated. I can’t look away. 

It reminds me a bit of the the internet of yesteryear, in which shorts like “Salad Fingers” and Homestar Runner became kooky viral sensations with no context or justification.

I decided to Google this odd animated stranger to learn more. Turns out, other people had already come across the short on Vimeo — and even written about it (notably, CNET and AV Club). 

The video, which has amassed almost 300,000 views on YouTube, was created by animator Kirsten Lepore

Congrats, Kristen — you’ve successfully confused, amused and disturbed the internet.



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