What’s wrong with a video of a cute girl singing about Star Trek? Nothing. Absolutely nothing, that’s what. But if you don’t like the song (which is reasonable) and/or don’t find the girl singing cute (which seems more unreasonable to me, frankly), that’s fine, but then you should still find it in your nerd heart to appreciate some nerd girl making a fun, silly, nerdy music video anyways. My point is, mock the song if you want, but saying a girl you see on the internet is unattractive is the height of cowardice and douchebaggery — and there are plenty of places already on the internet where you can do that, and I’d prefer Topless Robot not be one of them. We have far, far more deserving targets to be mean to. Thanks to Mike S. for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.