High School Dropout Rebecca Black Doesn't Deserve Our Sympathy

It turns out that when you're an eighth grader who is unexpectedly launched into super-stardom with a faintly-catchy-but-mostly-annoying YouTube music video that your mom helped you produce through a vanity label, not everyone wants to be your BFF. According to Rebecca Black of "Friday" (or "Fried Egg," depending on how it sounds to your ears) fame, she's been teased so ruthlessly at her Anaheim Hills school, she had to drop out.

Black recently said, "When I walk by they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice. Or, you know, they'll be like, 'Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?'"

Wow, that sounds like a total living nightmare and absolutely unlike anything any teenager has ever experienced from their peers and oh jesus I just hope she's on a suicide watch.


Okay, I know, I know, that wasn't very nice. But, well, seriously? I mean, I don't want to join the throngs of ill-behaved adults who have bashed this kid, but it's a really annoying song. And it's been viewed by about 40 trillion people. Kids have certainly been teased for much less, and in much worse ways than making fun of someone's singing voice. Which, I'M SORRY, sounds like it's being routed directly out her honker.

I'm not saying it's okay to make fun of people, I'm saying that she's become a household pop culture topic who travels with her own entourage and has bodyguards and she's still in high school, so of COURSE she's going to get attention from her classmates, and not all of it will be positive. If the worst thing that's happening is that some kids are imitating her song? Well, then those teens are acting about a thousand times more civilized than your typical YouTube commenter, so why the need to drop out?

After all, isn't this the same girl who once said,

I've had a lot of experience with not being liked and all that. I think if I hadn't had to deal with that in the past then I totally would have handled this differently and I would have gone down in burning flames. But I've learned that you just can't let it get to you.

The real story here is that Black's mother is now going to homeschool her so Black can "focus on her career." You know, the career she has at 14 years old. I think this move was inevitable, and it's not really because of bullying or anything like that. It's so she can be launched into whatever comes next in this new ground of YouTube star evolution.

The thing that seems really sad about all this is how hard her new video "This Is My Moment" tries to sell the magic of stardom. In it, she's getting payback for everyone who ever dissed her, and it's all! So! Amazing! She has so many friends and everyone loves her so! Much! Take a look:

So which is it, Rebecca? Is it a perfect shiny world that every teen who sees this video should aspire to, or is it a pile of shit where kids yell at you in the hallway? Are you living the dream, or is it a nightmare? Because there sure are a lot of young kids who probably would kill to follow in your footsteps.

What do you think of Black's choice to drop out of school? Are you surprised by the news?

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