My Idol app produces scary and hilarious avatars
'My grasp on sanity has been gradually slipping,' says My Idol app user
pole dancing panda.. �� <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MyIdol?src=hash">#MyIdol</a> <a href="http://t.co/2XfYXk9wtP">pic.twitter.com/2XfYXk9wtP</a>—@VenusB81
My Idol is the internet's latest, and perhaps creepiest, obsession. The avatar generator, currently trending in the app store, is a Chinese application written in Chinese. The language barrier is causing some confusion for increasingly hooked users, and that could be making some of the results even more ridiculous.
How it works: After taking or uploading a selfie, users can dress their cartoon avatar (think Bratz doll meets dancing baby) and make it do stuff like pole-dance or sing Frozen's Let it Go on an icy throne.
Some have had trouble getting the app to assign them the right gender, but according to Elle's English translation of the instructions, that may be an easy fix.
I've tried to make an avatar on the myidol app with SEVEN DIFFERENT PICTURES OF MYSELF & IT STILL THINKS IM A MAN :-) <a href="http://t.co/TIudqTlCED">pic.twitter.com/TIudqTlCED</a>—@savooboo
If you don't have time to play around with it (although we recommend you do), Mashable has done some of the heavy lifting and offered up My Idol tips for getting your perfect cartoon doppelganger.
You can also upload photos of friends, celebrities and famous faces. Ever wanted to see world leaders pole-dance? Apparently you aren't alone.
What happens when you give your pets the My Idol treatment
Some users tried making avatars of their pets, with results ranging from horrifying to kind of cute.
CBC News host Andrew Nichols and CBC News web writer Lauren O'Neil tried it out:
Recognize this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MyIdol?src=hash">#MyIdol</a> avatar? Coming up <a href="https://twitter.com/cbcpeterson">@cbcpeterson</a> looks into the app taking over social media feeds. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnn?src=hash">#cbcnn</a> <a href="http://t.co/OkR3wCOEpM">pic.twitter.com/OkR3wCOEpM</a>—@CBCMorningShow
I'd say it's creepy how much this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/myidol?src=hash">#myidol</a> avi looks like me, but I'm too obsessed not to love it. So much. <a href="http://t.co/F6eTeBAfaN">pic.twitter.com/F6eTeBAfaN</a>—@laurenonizzle
Some of them ... just shouldn't exist.
Ever since that MyIdol app my grasp on sanity has been gradually slipping <a href="http://t.co/sN74kQa13M">pic.twitter.com/sN74kQa13M</a>—@belle_sensei
Some results are laugh out loud funny:
I MADE THE MOON EMOJI ON <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MYIDOL?src=hash">#MYIDOL</a> IM SO SORRY ������ <a href="http://t.co/Jw3omf48UI">pic.twitter.com/Jw3omf48UI</a>—@DudeNdaEaseOnUp
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/myidol?src=hash">#myidol</a> i think something went wrong somewhere <a href="http://t.co/ELdu9gQsLO">pic.twitter.com/ELdu9gQsLO</a>—@_vivianchen
Thanks for showing me <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/myidol?src=hash">#myidol</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/MichellePhan">@MichellePhan</a>. Here's Morgan Freeman in a panda suit singing <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/letitgo?src=hash">#letitgo</a> from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Frozen?src=hash">#Frozen</a>. <a href="http://t.co/00OmWcS45S">pic.twitter.com/00OmWcS45S</a>—@valentinavee