Rebecca Black’s “Friday”

I’ve heard a lot of talk in passing about Rebecca Black and her Youtube song/video “Friday” and it’s taken me until now to finally go take a look at it. If you are one of the 101.6 million people to date who have viewed it, you know that it’s kind of a silly song with silly lyrics. Nothing more, nothing less.

There are more than 2.1 million comments on the video. 2 million of them are negative.

This is highly, highly disturbing. The girl is 13 years old. She’s a beautiful girl. Her voice isn’t bad at all, though it’s rumored to have been “auto-tuned” significantly. The comments are unbelievably cruel. One says  “I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get an eating disorder so you look pretty. I hope you cut and die.”

You talk about cyberbullying. That is just beyond horrific.  She’s just a child. And she’s a hell of a lot braver than those cowardly, anonymous, internet commenters. They offered to take down the Youtube video but Rebecca declined. She didn’t want to let them win.

It’s all so depressing, I just don’t even know what to say, except that this is just another reminder that there an awful lot of bullies, cynics, and critics out there and very few people like Rebecca who are brave enough to take them on while they pursue their dreams. It takes a lot more guts to sing out loud, go to an audition, or send out a manuscript than it does to make snide comments while hiding behind your computer.

According to the (always reliable…) internet rumors, Rebecca is nearly as hated as Justin Bieber. Well, THAT kid is laughing all the way to the bank.

I hope Rebecca doesn’t give up. I hope she makes it big someday and shows everybody. Most importantly, I hope she has a very strong family support system. Young people have killed themselves over things like this. It’s always cruel to make nasty comments about someone’s art, but to do it to a teenager is unconscionable.

I don’t know what else to say except – Don’t give up, Rebecca.

Rock on, Wannabes.