Early 2000s babies, you’ll like this one. Kelly is here with a new song to save us all.
If you jump in the wayback machine to 2006 (how is this 14 years ago???), Kelly, a clothing-obsessed teen, was all the rage with her viral hits like "Shoes" and "Let Me Borrow That Top." As some of the first truly viral songs, we forwarded these videos around via email, because we didn’t have Facebook or Twitter yet (simpler times).
"Shoes," if you remember, is about Kelly getting jilted by her parents on her birthday. Her twin brother gets all the love and gifts, so she goes out on a spending spree to buy what she really wants -- shoes. She's got opinions, however, on which shoes are best. Here’s "Shoes," which, as you know, gets a little F-bomb-y towards the middle:
Now, Kelly, who is really comedian Liam Kyle Sullivan, is back with a new soon-to-be-viral hit, "Masks." Just as in "Shoes," Kelly is getting harassed by her parents, this time over Zoom, though her Dad feels bad for the past. She finally tells her mom off, then bounces around the city in a variety of masks. Just like "Shoes," some rule, and some suck. But most importantly, the overall message: Let’s wear a mask, betch!
Where has Kelly -- er, Liam -- been all this time? Having all but retired from YouTube (until this week, that is), Sullivan has toured the country as a stand-up comedian with Margaret Cho (who has a cameo in "Masks"). He also became a video editor, thanks to his time spent editing his own videos in the early days of YouTube. He’s been silent on his channel for the last seven years, but is back to break the internet because he must have known that there’s no time like the present for Kelly to return.
Kelly's resurgence has already made a splash on YouTube, with half a million views in less than 24 hours, and fans are welcoming her back with open arms. The internet love has been real:
But where’s the merch, you ask?
You can buy signature Kelly masks here. "Betch, please" coming soon!
Kelly is truly the hero we need in 2020. Welcome back to the party, betch. And don’t be a deck -- wear a mask.