The character is a satire of bad, but egotistical, singers who post internet videos of themselves singing in hopes of breaking into show-business, despite the realistic or cruel comments of "haters" who comment on their videos.
More generally, it is a satire of pretentious and untalented performers everywhere.
Miranda is supposedly a home-schooled single woman who lives with her mother, uncle and baby.
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Ballinger displays videos of the comically talentless, egotistical, misguided and quirky character on her You Tube channel.
In these videos, the eccentric, narcissistic, yet endearing character sings and dances badly, gives inept "tutorials", recounts her daily activities, discusses current events that she often misunderstands, collaborates with other You Tubers, and rants about her critics, reading examples of hate mail directed at the character on social media; she responds to them with her catchphrase: "Haters Back Off! Inspired by early You Tube videos that she saw, and by rude classmates, Ballinger created the character as a satire of bad but arrogant singers who believe that posting their videos on You Tube will lead to them breaking into show business.
Her delivery is full of malapropisms, mondegreens and spoonerisms, and the acts incorporate interaction with audience volunteers, giving a "voice lesson" to, or singing a duet with, Broadway or other musical celebrities, reading hate mail, seeking a boyfriend, and singing while being stabbed through the neck in her "magic trick".
One of Miranda's 2018 tour stops was filmed and released as a 2019 Netflix comedy special.
The character has appeared in television and web series and other media.
Her first network television appearance was in a 2012 episode of the TV show Victorious.
In the videos, the Miranda character sings in a comically off-key, yet plausible, voice and covers pop music hits, show tunes and original songs.
Sometimes she discusses current events, which she usually misunderstands, gives inept mock-"tutorials", rants about her internet critics or discusses the character's backstory.
As of January 2019, the Miranda Sings You Tube channel had surpassed 2 billion views and 10 million subscribers, and Miranda has more than 6 million Instagram followers.