Rebecca Black - Cyber Bullying


LaurenBlair
on Mar 21, 2011 @ 02:28 pm

I have to admit that I sat through the entire music video for 13-year-old Rebecca Black's first song "Friday". It's kind of catchy, not awesome but it definitely gets stuck in your head.


Since her music video went viral on March 11th she has had quite a bit of feedback - and most of it is negative. The teen has received comments like:


"I need to clean my ears out"


"I hope you die"


"'I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you'll get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty"



What do you guys think of this? The video/song is by no means a masterpiece, but does anybody think before posting comments like this? She's only an 8th grader.

 

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jchang212
Sad on Mar 21, 2011 @ 02:33 pm

I can't say that it's the most genius song ever made, but at least it's a nice change from a 13 year old singing overtly sexual songs that are inappropriate for her age. People can be so cruel.
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beachbabe
Meh on Mar 21, 2011 @ 03:41 pm

The song could've been a little better with the right producer.... and some vocal coaching for her. But, she IS only 13. She's still learning the ropes of music, singing, and how to use her voice to it's full potential - especially since her voice is likely going to go through many changes still! That said, it doesn't constitute remarks like that. Either way she'll be rich from all the attention! It's only a matter of time before she's on Ellen.
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LaurenBlair
Yep on Mar 21, 2011 @ 04:48 pm

From what I've heard here and there, she was chosen by a producing company who wanted to make the "girl-next-door" into a super star. I watched a quick interview with her on Good Morning America and she was very sweet. I agree, she'll definitely end up on Ellen.
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mamaluv
meh on Mar 21, 2011 @ 08:10 pm

It is a pretty bad song, I really must say. However, the hateful response is of course uncalled-for.
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Ali de Bold
I don't know if it's the hormones but... on Mar 21, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

I've just watched it and I'm still laughing my ass off. The lyrics are so bad they're funny. Makes me want to watch it again, actually.

Yesterday it was Thursday, today it is Friday. We we we so excited.

So in short, I enjoyed it.

That being said, I don't think there is any reason to comment negatively towards her. She is only 13 and obviously some adults were presumably involved in the production and should wear any of the blame (or praise) for it's badness.

But the adult rapper who appears at the end? There is no excuse for him. He doesn't have being 13 as an excuse.
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LaurenBlair
Haha on Mar 22, 2011 @ 09:31 am

@Ali - I completely forgot about the rapper at the end! You're right, he has zero excuse.
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dolce_bellissima
oh man... on Mar 22, 2011 @ 09:51 am

The lyrics were really painful for me. With that said, no one deserves that kind of treatment. Even if it was a 20 year old girl or a 40 yr old stay at home mom, why the need for so much negativity?
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plimper
Definately a bad song... on Mar 22, 2011 @ 09:54 am

I think all of the blame for that song should go to whoever wrote it. I would imagine the vast majority of 12-15 year old girls would do anything to become a pop star, and I think this girl was set up. With the right song and production, a poor singer can sound ok (as we've seen many times with other pre-teen stars - not going to mention any names). But this song is just awful. I feel bad for Rebecca to endure all of this bullying, hopefully she will come out of this a stronger person.
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Siofan
The story behind the video on Mar 22, 2011 @ 02:16 pm

If you happened upon "Friday" and were wondering how such a terrible song was even produced, keep in mind that this wasn't put out by a record label in the traditional sense of the word and that Black isn't trying to market herself as the next Britney.

From a WSJ story:

Black’s tune comes courtesy of Ark Music Factory,
a so called record label that churns out tween pop for a couple
thousand bucks a tune. Co-founded by Patrice Wilson and Clarence Jey,
the L.A. based company courts young teenage singers and “signs” them to
short, vanity recording projects. Jey reportedly is the lyrical genius
behind “Friday.” According to The Daily Beast, Black’s mother forked over $2,000 for two songs written by Ark Music Factory’s team and one video, the now infamous “Friday.”


Also, keep in mind that everytime you click, you're paying Black and her producers. From the same story:

At 30,000,000 views, that lands Black and Ark Music Factory $20,000 – a
1000% return on investment. That number matches the figure reported
Damian Kulash Jr., the lead singer of indie pop band OK Go, who have
made a name for themselves via viral videos.


Also, the song sits at #45 on iTunes currently, and estimates say that for each download iTunes pays $0.70, bringing in more profit for Black and Ark.

If it is your guilty pleasure take heart, Black has said she plans to donate some of her profits to “Japan relief organizations and school arts programs.”

Read the whole WSJ story here.

I found this interview Black did with GMA really endearing, she's taking it all in stride.
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LaurenBlair
Ya, she's kind of adorable on Mar 22, 2011 @ 04:46 pm


I heard on the Good Morning America interview that Rebbeca has actually passed Justin Beiber in iTunes sales. Wowza!
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