HPOA (HOPA?) girl "Jenny Whiteboard" is obvious troll LULZ

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The entire internet is going batshit over this poor girl who was oppressed at work but struck back at The Man by quitting and e-mailing around 33 photos of her writing on a whiteboard, outing her boss for playing Farmville.

The entire internet was also apparently born yesterday. Seriously, have people never seen a fake before? Because this is SCREAMING fake. In all caps.

First of all, who does something like this and doesn't post it on their own blog/tumblr/twitter but instead posts it on a comedy content site?

Second, who publicly and dramatically quits their job (with the exception of JetBlueGuy) but doesn't leave any trace of a real name or contact info for potential new employers to get in touch?

Also, 33 photos? Really? Someone is trying way too hard. Two, maybe three photos would have been a little more realistic. Five tops. 33, people? Totally fake.

And if you need more proof, the guys behind that site have done this before. And then there's also this photo casting ad, spotted by James Urbaniak on twitter which could be more proof or could be Inception-level meta pranks.

So yeah, you all just got trolled. Lulz.

UPDATE: Thanks to BillR in the comments for directing us to the actress, Elyse Porterfield's twitter stream where she confessed to playing the role of Jenny.

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  1. I had assumed it was fake; the pictures are much too good. I had assumed it was a (semi) professional model/actress (probably the latter, great facial expressions!) and photographer. A woman offended at being called a HOPA wouldn’t change her costume to Daisy Dukes to end her little show. Still, I enjoyed it. It’s very cute.

    I’ve only seen “lulz” attached to far more obnoxious trolling. If we’re going to be trolled, more like this, please.

    1. Yes. If the future of lulz involves pretty girls holding snarky whiteboards instead of snarky links on message boards to tubgirl, I’m fine with that.

    2. i knew it was a fake the moment she said Farmville. Any boss that would call someone a HOPA wouldn’t be playing Farmville. More like PornVille

  2. Who cares about a girl quitting via whiteboard when there’s a guy who just quit by stealing beer and riding down an inflatable airplane emergency slide?

      1. I’m just saying that I wouldn’t schedule my little independent quitting hoax for the week that quitting Avatar opens.

  3. In retrospect, “You gave me the codes after all” has that ring of untruth to it, doesn’t it.

  4. Really? The internet went batshit over that?

    You do all know there’s proper porn out there, right?

    1. “Really? The internet went batshit over that?

      You do all know there’s proper porn out there, right?”

      Tell me more of this “proper porn”. And about “improper porn”.

      I think my favorite thing about this is that this post makes it seem like the Mr. Bonner is almost upset about this. It’s a clever joke from a website; people are gullible. I actually thought it was real until I noticed that those are some very high-quality photos with perfect lighting for the average secretarial worker.

      Still, clever.

      1. ‘Tell me more of this “proper porn”.’

        Just go to Google images, turn off safe filtering, and do a search for “Hot Office Assistant”. You’ll get the idea pretty quick.

  5. What does it matter if it’s true or not – it’s all going to be forgotten within a couple of days.

  6. Add to that the fact that she appears to be standing on what appears to be the set of a sit-com.

    I mean, lots of people have encyclopedias and other nondescript book-like objects just lying around their living room. Right?

    1. “Add to that the fact that she appears to be standing on what appears to be the set of a sit-com.

      I mean, lots of people have encyclopedias and other nondescript book-like objects just lying around their living room. Right?”

      Also, who the heck under 50 wastes so much space on their bookshelf with a set of Encyclopedia Brittanica? Seriously, lazy set dresser.

    2. Um, yeah, people used to read. And people used to own encyclopedias. Perhaps it was a lot of books for someone of her generation.

  7. @Tim Yeah man, I’m angry!! GRRR!!!

    @Jorge This is the internet sir, EVERYTHING is going to be forgotten in a couple of days.

  8. It was obviously too professionally done to be some “assistant” wannabe broker. And the girl is “hot” and professional in her ability to mime emotions and expressions. If she doesn’t get some offer for an audition or photo shoot (Playboy?) somebody isn’t doing their job.

    And that was probably the point – a great business card that caught the wave.

  9. ha ha people on the internet, you laughed at something that was clever, funny and harmless! You may have even sent it to friends who did the same. You’ve been soooooo trolled.

    who pissed in your cornflakes, Sean? No 12 year old girl and her mustachioed father are going to end up being harassed over this.

    1. Some people enjoy being lied to, I guess. Everyone who emails me snopesworthy crap gets crabby when I respond with the appropriate link.

      Viral videos are glurgey crap, you may feel silly because you forwarded it or posted it to facebook, but they’re tiring and lazy comedy.

    2. ha ha people on the internet, you laughed at something that was clever, funny and harmless!

      Clever? Was it? Are we all looking at the same thing? For God’s sake people, get back to work.

  10. the more I think of it, I think that Old Spice Guy is fake, too. And I don’t think that moose was genuine cylon technology

    1. “the more I think of it, I think that Old Spice Guy is fake, too.”

      Honest ads, even when attempted in a “viral” manner aren’t as cloying. “OMG THIS IS A REAL GIRL I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THIS” is what’s so obnoxious, not a stunt.

      Now, for better hoaxes, I’d go to this guy-

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Skaggs

  11. Seriously, who gives a shit if it’s real or not? It’s funny and, yes, that chick *is* a HOPA…or HPOA–whichever: she’s so hot I’ve lost my ability to form acronyms.

  12. I don”t know if it’s real or not but the ‘evidence’ that she’s a troll looks mighty thin to me…

  13. *sigh*

    As a female who has been considered a HPOA by people who are in a position to fire her…

    it’s cute.

    In that *yeah that again* way, but not believable. For the same reason House is not believable to doctors.

  14. *sigh*

    As a 40 yo guy who is pretty sure he’s been considered a HPOA by someone at some point, though probably not so much lately, but hey stranger things have happened, I mean I’m not horribly disfigured or anything, but I’m not Brad Pitt either, but you know he’s got a personal trainer and shit, but yeah even with a personal trainer I’d still fall a fair way short of Brad Pitt, having just watched Fight Club again on Bluray he sure is a fine specimen, but anyway I digress, it’s bollocks, for the same reason ‘two and a half men’ is bollocks, which should be obvious, but apparently isn’t.

    It’s like I’m really out of touch or something.

    1. lol.

      Honestly I just mean it didn’t seem realistic to me.

      Unless you plan on getting internet fame or a job where a stunt like this makes you popular this would be a really amazingly stupid move.

      Most of the places I’ve worked would just figure she was a psychotic jealous girlfriend and give really bad info if potential future employers called about her.

      1. “Most of the places I’ve worked would just figure she was a psychotic jealous girlfriend and give really bad info if potential future employers called about her.”

        Good point. If it was real, it would certainly seem slightly unbalanced.

  15. When fantastic and fake stories can be outed so easily… Does this mean that the age of Urban legends has come to a close? More importantly does this mean that MythBusters has a finite amount of material?

  16. The girl’s a HOPA and everyone who laughed at it might start considering the amount of time *they’ve* been wasting on Farmville and if it will ever come back to bite them in the ass.

    If only all “trolls” were as good.

  17. the “I transferred a call”, “I was about to hangup”… how does that happen? AND, what about how much time he spent on pr0n? Oh, and the shadows were all wrong.

  18. Wait a minute…did this fake Spencer guy call her a hopa or a hpoa? Is she in fact a hot piece of ass (not from where I’m standing) or is she supposed to be half Japanese?

  19. I really am a stooge. I looked at the photos, thought they were real (or something…to be honest I was only half paying attention), then moved on and promptly forgot about the whole thing. Now you all bring it up again and point out in infinitesimal detail everything from lighting, to stage dressing, to disheveled acronyms just to point out what a stooge I was for believing it. Thanks.

  20. She’s definitely too hot to not be in porn… and she’s obviously not going to quit that… XD

  21. Dudes, the spencer guy SAID “hopa” which stands for H.P.O.A., but is just easier to say than “hu-poah”

    Notice she ‘Shakes’ the letters into the proper order.

  22. Kind of funny until the HOPA and daisy dukes bit. Now I’m going to be seeing that bro-worthy acronym all over the place for the next few months.

    Girls, never forget that you’re only as good as your looks.

  23. The Chive. THE CHIVE!

    No one even thought about it sounding a bit too much like The Onion, really?

  24. Hey, moderators – I’m thinking that it’s about time ‘niyaome’ got the boot. (Although I’m a big fan of the Engrish.)

  25. In a related story, turns out the shouty beer-swiping inflatable-slide-riding flight attendant is all viral marketing for AIRPLANE 3!

  26. As usual, people miss the point with the “who cares if it was real, it was funny” comments. This is scary because it shows that many if not most people will believe OBVIOUS fakery to be true without ever considering thinking critically, then will say “who cares” when their own lack of perception is pointed out. This illustrates, in a very minor way, a very MAJOR problem — we have access to vast amounts of information but diminishing facility to transform information into knowledge (much less wisdom). And then we get mad at corporations, governments, etc. for duping us with regularity???? Please, guys…can we all make just an ATTEMPT to respect critical thought?

  27. Boingboing seemed perfectly willing to feed into the Die Antwoord ruse even though they’re essentially just an act.

    Well, anyway I don’t think this was really worthy of a blog post just because it was so dreadfully obvious from the start (hello, THE CHIVE!). I think boingboing is getting trolled into providing more exposure, though then again – are you guys trolling me into commenting? It’s just trolls all the way down.

  28. What I find interesting is that trolling used to be something that was done to provoke a an emotional response, usually negative and disrupt conversation. Trolling can also be referred to using useless pick up lines in chat rooms. This video isn’t either. She and whomever, made a cute clever video and posted it on the internet. Why is it considered ‘trolling’ because it was interpreted to be serious? How a piece of work is received is not the responsibility of the artistic creator. She’s not a troll, she posted something amusing on the internet. That’s not trolling, that’s what the internet is for…that and porn.

  29. Was certainly quite easy to see that it was possibly made up from the beginning, but it was damn funny all the same. Hoax? No, just fabricated humor.

  30. There it is this is what the viral ad is for, comment number effing TWO!!!

    eagle747 • #2 • 4:08 PM Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 • Reply

    Agreed. The whole thing looks like a viral ad. I guess we are still waiting for what it is advertising exactly?

    If you really have problems at work, you should report it at a site like http://www.cubecheck.com
    They rate work experiences of companies

    And no, I’m not a part of the campaign, or am I?

    mh

  31. Maybe we were blissfully happier not knowing it was a fake? Maybe we got a hoot out of it? Maybe we’re a little bit in love?

    Congratulations on guessing a fake. The question is, are you happier now?

  32. Also fake because of the whole “reveal” at the end, like in She’s All That. By taking off her geeky glasses, a very attractive girl amazingly transforms into…OMG…an incredible HPOA!! Unbelievable – her boss made such a mistake!!

  33. If she had been playing a ukelele too, then Boingboing would have given it the official seal of approval. See, that’s where they went wrong…

  34. Most HOPAs know the power they possess and wield it over our mortal guy heads like a samurai master.

  35. To all the people who say, “I’m happier knowing it’s fake”– I’m depressed for you. Please read the best comment of this entire post all over again (since it’s what boingboing should have said from the start):

    “As usual, people miss the point with the “who cares if it was real, it was funny” comments. This is scary because it shows that many if not most people will believe OBVIOUS fakery to be true without ever considering thinking critically, then will say “who cares” when their own lack of perception is pointed out. This illustrates, in a very minor way, a very MAJOR problem — we have access to vast amounts of information but diminishing facility to transform information into knowledge (much less wisdom). And then we get mad at corporations, governments, etc. for duping us with regularity???? Please, guys…can we all make just an ATTEMPT to respect critical thought?”

    Also, it wasn’t funny. It was lame. If the actress had been normal looking (as most young girls are who are called hpoas by their 40 year old bosses), you would have been bored, not amused.

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