Rebecca Black is the newest Internet sensation, and with a song that has broken into the iTunes top 100 and a video that has garnered more than 15 million views, she seems poised for great fame. Or is it infamy? Are they the same thing?
The problem is that Black's fame is coming at a price. The 13-year-old is being raked across the coals for what many are calling "the worst song in history." To be sure, it's bad, but let's not kid ourselves. There is stuff that is just as bad (if not worse) that has made people into stars.
Let us not forget Mandy Moore's "Candy" ("I'm missing you like candy") or "Summer Girls" by LFO ("New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick ..."). Yeah. I even downloaded those onto my iPod so I have no cause to mock Black. Here is what she had to say about it all this morning on Good Morning America:
It was her first real interview, and she admitted to crying a bit when it all first started coming down on her. Some of the comments they cited were absolutely horrifying, things like "I hope you cut yourself and die." Really, really gross.
Her mother said she even wanted to kill some people. All of this started, of course, when Black and her parents embarked on this video music vanity project. They reportedly paid $2,000 to Ark Music Factory -- a production company that makes videos for young wannabe pop stars. They were trying to make their daughter a sensation and it looks like they got their wish, no? Yesterday, Black complained to the Daily Beast about cyber bullying, but today, she seemed poised and ready to take them on.
And why shouldn't she be? She didn't write the song, after all. Something about it was clearly catchy enough to spark that many views and she is making bank from her project. Good for her! And to all the haters, you do realize you're just making her more famous, right?
As a pop star, she is going to have to get used to the criticism. It's a part of the game. Look at poor Justin Bieber (Black is a big fan, by the way). He is mocked all the time, but he seems to take it all with a smile.
If she can avoid taking herself too seriously and also not getting a big head, she will do OK in the business. And since she says, "I am not the best singer, I am not the worst," it seems she is going to do just fine.
Do you think Rebecca Black is here to stay?
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