I don’t know if you remember, but a few fridays ago a tsunami plowed the coast of Japan. Wait, now I know why you may have forgotten!
While thousands of Japanese civilians were left without family or homes, a young girl hailing out of my hometown in Orange County, CA began to garner headlines and turn the heads of Americans. Thirteen-year-old Rebecca Black, who had big dreams of becoming a pop sensation as many teen girls do, was launched into the public eye with her oh-so-popular song “Friday.”
Okay, so I’ll admit it- the song itself is pretty bad. We all know the infamous lyrics, “Tomorrow is Saturday, then Sunday comes afterwards.” The thing is, this young girl, who actually has a better singing voice than most when not auto-tuned, has remained a class act despite the flurry of cruel words spat in her direction.
Through this frenzy of media and talk about this young pop star, I can’t help but sit back and laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. The song is hailed as the “most hated” song in pop music. Or shall I say, the most
hatedloved. Adults revert to a high school mentality and spew venom towards Rebecca, yet devote the time to watch it and post about it. People keep insisting that they despise this, yet parodies are spreading on Youtube like wildfire. Thousands of people tune in to watch her on television, and to top it all off she is selling plenty of copies on Itunes. Yes, people HATE this song, but they are paying 99 cents to download it.
Sadly, I am not shocked at how many people are taking aim at such a young girl. Some individuals have even been low enough to wish death upon her and if not that extreme, hopes she “grows up to become a bulimic.” Come-freaking-on. If you’re going to take aim people, why not take it at the producer who wrote the song, and is making a killing charging these girls’ parents a few thousand dollars to make them a “music sensations?”
And as the nation turns their heads away from the disaster in Japan and war in Libya to mock (and secretly love) this young starlette, there is someone who still remembers what’s truly important- Rebecca Black herself. She is donating proceeds from her song to go to victims in Japan. She most definitely shows the perfect balance of poise and perseverance through this situation. Also, this was a very intelligent PR move. Good job, Rebecca!
So maybe Rebecca Black is what’s wrong with the music industry today. However, if you truly “hate” something, don’t support it. And by support it, I mean don’t devote any of your time or money to it. If you do, just admit that “Friday” is awesomely bad and laugh about it. Young Rebecca is the one laughing at the end of the day. And hey, after a few glasses of wine this shit gets pretty fun to listen to.