Did pop-music end with Rebecca Black? Is Rebecca Black, 13, the worst singer in the world? Should she "cut and die" as one person has urged her to do?
Who is this young girl, you ask? Black is the internet sensation in the music video "Friday" which debuted on YouTube last month and has garnered over 17 million views since. "Friday" is now a top-40 hit on iTunes and Black has even surpassed Justin Bieber, Canada's falsetto pop-boy, as a hot topic of discussion on Twitter.
But Black's meteoric rise to fame happened for all the wrong reasons--or just one wrong reason: people hate her dang song, which is an innocent-enough autotuned hit about partying on the weekend and hanging out with your friends.
Sure, Black is no Britney Spears--she's not even a Miley Cyrus--but her song is catchy enough, and arguably no worse than some of the other pop-garbage out there. So why does this 8th grader inspire such vitriol?
Rolling Stone has called Friday an "unintentional parody of modern pop." Time has said that the song is a "whole new level of bad." Yahoo asked “Is YouTube sensation Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ the worst song ever?” And Slate called the song "disastrous."
Meanwhile, regular folks have taken aim at the young girl herself. In the comments section of a Comedy Central post about Black, she was called a Stepford Wife, a bitch, and a whore.
Though Black has taken heat for "Friday," she didn't even write the song:
Acing a casting-call audition, Black was invited to record one of two songs label heads had written for her. And, as part of a $2,000 package her mother paid for, they offered to produce an accompanying video in a bid to make a splash on YouTube. The song she picked: “Friday.”
“I didn’t write it at all,” Black said, clearing up a major misconception. “The other song was about adult love–I haven’t experienced that yet. ‘Friday’ is about hanging out with friends, having fun. I felt like it was my personality in that song.”
Reflecting on how people have reacted to the song, Black told The Daily Beast, "At times, it feels like I'm being cyberbullied,"
In an interview with Good Morning America today, Black elaborated. She said today that among the worst comments she has read online about herself are, "I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty, and I hope you go cut and die."
And the bullying does not end in dark world of online comments. A bizarre social networking website called 4chan is organizing something called "Operation Black Friday" to cruelly ambush Black in real life:
here are some simple orders. 12pm est, start calling the school with all of the numbers and tardy bullshit, fax as many nudes of ANYTHING (girl blowing horse for example) and put rebecca's name on it. at 1pm est DDoS Ark Music Factory. at 3pm est, start requesting her (sorry excuse for) music on the radio
According to Gawker, the 4channers are trying to track down Black's home address:
A former student at Black's Orange County middle school posted the contact information for the school tonight, along with a copy of its calendar and a map of the campus. Others have started "doxing" Black—that is, digging up her and her parents' contact and social networking information. They've already come up with a half-dozen potential home addresses.
That's just creepy.
For something more wholesome, check out these two spoofs of "Friday", via Hot Air.