You may have recently heard of an uncanny pop phenom by the name of Rebecca Black. Her parents agreed to sign her up with a “production” agency, who for a measly 2 grand helped her record and promote the song “Friday” about a girl who goes to school awaiting the weekend so she could hang out with her friends. The 13 year old’s song has gone viral, with about 30 million views in the past week. I’ve been hearing bits and pieces about Rebecca and her video, and today I finally Youtubed her.
You’d think these 30 million views would skyrocket her to popularity like other teenster celebrities like Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus (for better or for worse), but interestingly enough her popularity is of an entirely different sort: notoriety and humiliation. She’s getting droves of hateful comments, mail, and press about her song and her lack of talent. Some even write that they hope she slits her wrists.
But why such startling hatred for a young girl?
Yes, admittedly, the lyrics to the song are atrocious (similar to Bieber’s repetitive “Baby, Baby” lyrics but with “Friday, Friday“). But who would claim that it’s better than the words to “Oops, I did it again” or “Party in the USA?” All of these girls have similar traits (give or take a few zeros in their bank accounts) — they’re highly auto-tuned, promoted by their parents, and eager to become famous singers. The only difference between Rebecca Black and these other starlets is that she’s fully clothed, and singing about something innocent like hanging out with her friends on the weekend, which I believe fits her age (thirteen!) well. She’s not alluding to domestic violence (“Hit me baby one more time”), dressed in a school girl outfit, or licking a lollipop seductively. And for that she’s mocked, bullied, and ridiculed.
What really broke my heart was her face on a recent ABC News interview, where the reporter intentionally reads the cruel messages people have been writing about her, asks her if she thinks she’s a good singer, and then asks her to sing a few lines of the National Anthem to prove it. She rocks the interview by showing a tough front and admitting that while the song might not be the best, it’s catchy and obviously sticks in peoples minds for better or for worse. She’s using the classic “love me or hate me, it’s still an obsession” route, and I commend her for it; I’m just disappointed that this blatant bullying is occurring on such a national scale.
Check out the interview below:
What do YOU think about the negative attention Rebecca Black is getting?