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In Defense of Rebecca Black – Friday

Published March 28, 2011 - 15 Comments

Chances are you may have heard of the latest YouTube sensation, Rebecca Black.  Rebecca’s self-produced song and video Friday has gone viral, currently sitting at almost 61.5 million views.  Yup, that’s right.  61.5 million.  Last night when I looked, it was just under 60 million.  It shows no signs of slowing down.

So let me just put this right out there  so there’s no confusion…  I do not like this song.  I do not think that it’s very good.  The lyrics are childish, and the singing is poor in my opinion.  Its immense popularity online is due to the fact that it’s not a good song.  Some have even labeled it the worst song ever.  I’m not sure if I agree with that, but it’s certainly a contender.  So that’s the bad.

Now here’s the good.

Rebecca Black is a 13 year old girl who had the guts to follow her creative instincts and make this video to be put online.  When I say that the lyrics are childish… well, they’re written by a junior high student… I’m sure that if I was a 13 year old girl, they would make perfect sense to me.  Maybe in a few years Rebecca will look back at this video and cringe, but right now… to her and her friends…  this is their life.

Whenever anyone puts something online, whether YouTube, a blog, or anything else… you open yourself up to attacks from people who you have never met.  I’ve experienced that to a certain degree with this blog, but that’s nothing compared to what this girl is receiving.  The comments are beyond critical… they’re downright mean, abusive and disgusting.  Many teenage girls (and boys, for that matter, but primarily girls) have enough self-esteem issues without total strangers telling them that they’re worthless, that they should develop an eating disorder, and to try cutting themselves… I’m not kidding.  You won’t have to read very far in the comments on YouTube before you see things that make your stomach turn.  It’s horrible, and disgusting, and I wish that YouTube would lock down the comment section.  That won’t stop people from bashing Rebecca and her song in other ways, but it’s better than reading that bullshit under her video.  Ask any of those idiots what they have done to contribute to society in a positive way, and good luck getting any sort of answer.   Rebecca certainly has a lot more going for her than anyone who thinks that it’s ok to tell a 13 year old girl to kill herself.  I don’t like the song, but there is a proper way to express that.  Millions of cyber-bully comments intent on destroying her as a person… It makes me sick.

To her credit, Rebecca seems to be handling her dubious “fame” relatively well… but admitted that she cried when she read some of the comments.  No shit.  I was fighting a whole wave of emotions when I read some of them… I’d love to have a couple of minutes alone with the people who wrote those things.  As a parent of a little girl who is only a few years younger than Rebecca I know that it’s not possible to protect her from everything…  but that just makes my blood boil…

And as much as I’m not a fan of this song… once you hear it, it’s kinda hard not to get that “It’s Friday… Friday… Friday…” out of your head!

I wish Rebecca Black much success… just please… not as a singer…