Everyone’s streaming from home these days. You put on a decent-looking shirt, take the laundry out of sight, and rely on your kids to not ruin it all. But it doesn’t end there. There’s one sharp-tongued critic who zooms in on your backdrop. And trust me, there’s a lot going on there.
Claude Taylor started the Twitter page “Room Rater,” which does exactly what it says. The 57-year-old shares the screengrabs from video calls and grades them from 0 to 10. Politicians and celebrities are particularly susceptible to the hard-to-please room arbiter. From Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden to Michael Jordan and Celine Dion, Claude is not letting them off easy. With almost 100K followers since its launch on April 11, the page is destined to become a hit where the tiniest detail can make it or break it in the room game.
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The man behind the account, Claude Taylor, is a “veteran of presidential campaigns who served as a White House staffer for Bill Clinton.” He also runs the controversial Twitter account TrueFactsStated and is a founder of the Mad Dog Pac campaign, which “engages in high-impact and non-violent activities to fight fascism and defeat Donald Trump.”
Claude, aka the Room Rater, shares rating duty with Jessie Bahrey, who tends to give higher scores. Taylor told Vanity Fair that “she’s Canadian, so we’ve made the kind of obvious point that she’s the nicer one.”But there’s a step-by-step guide for you to follow if you wanna score a solid 10. “
Bored Panda contacted Claude Taylor and Jessie Bahrey to find out more about the Room Rater Twitter. Claude told us that “we all love the unexpected view into pundits' and celebs' homes.” So he and Jessie started tweeting their ratings of what they saw of their home broadcast space.
But scoring a top-notch score is easier said than done. “It’s hard to get and requires perfect visual representation,” explained Claude. 10 points is given only when “there’s nothing to change.”
Meanwhile, presidential historian Michael Benchloss has won Claude’s and Jessie’s hearts and “it's their favorite room so far.” The worst setups are the so-called “hostage videos” that are shot against a blank wall.A common item found in most of the background setups is a bookshelf. Claude is certain that shelves “can be overdone/done wrong, but when used effectively, are successful.”
Note: this post originally had 60 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.