Viral video star Rebecca Black, known for her amateur music video “Friday,” was forced to drop out of school due to constant harassment, she told ABC News' Nightline. The 14-year-old is being home-schooled by her mother, a former teacher.
“Friday,” a video Black’s parents paid $4,000 to produce, went viral after it was posted on YouTube this spring.
"After seeing it go from 4,000 views to 70,000 views in one night, and then waking up and it was at 200,000 views, that was when I realized this is going to be big," Black said of her unintentionally funny video.
Along with newfound fame, the wannabe singer began experiencing bullying about her earnest, albeit cheesy, song. Black saw cruel comments posted online, and was constantly harassed at school.
"When I walk by they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice,” she explained of her teen tormentors. “Or, you know, they'll be like, 'Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?'"
Rebecca’s spokesman, John Vlautin, had this to say about whether his client was pulled out of school due to harassment over her “Friday” video: “That was certainly part of it, but in Orange County a student can't get credit for school if they miss class for work. So her mom enrolled her in a special program that [Orange County] offers for athletes, performers, etc....”
Black's mother, Georgina Marquez, told ABC that home schooling will help the 14-year-old focus on her career.
And her career seems to be skyrocketing: “Friday” was featured on “Glee,” and Black appeared in Katy Perry's video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." She also won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star at Sunday's show, and has released another single, “My Moment.”
So far, Black says that the proceeds from “Friday” will be enough to cover college tuition.
It’s Friday and everyone remember this girl name Rebecca Black. Well she is back with another video "Person of Interest". Do you think it'll be another hit like Friday?
You can read the full article here http://www.sickchirpse.com/2011/11/16/person-of-interest-rebecca-black-has-a-new-music-video/
haha i think its funny =D
Haters gonna hate, but Rebecca, GET A GRIP ON YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Young chick just sucks ass, plain and simple...
Hey, she made enough money to help her pay for her post-high school education, even if her song was completely lame. Good on her.
Yup, she made a video..and now the kids don't like her. Pull her out of school, and now she'll be homeschooled, and only exposed to the public through people who know how to 'manage' the famous. This means she'll now be exposed to more pedophiles than she'd ever encounter in a normal, high school environment. Cory Feldman hit the nail on the head when he spoke out against the way young people are treated inside the Fame Machine. She'll be required to 'put out' if she wants to be famous..or even if she doesn't. She's part of The System now. No wonder so many young actors and singers turn to drugs. They're trying to drown out the nastiness. Kids are being set up. Now you're likely to not become famous unless you start at a very early age..and the reason is, so they can be 'groomed' for their famous lives. Groomed is a pleasant word for 'groped'.
On her career? Those are the three scariest words I think I've ever read.
This is absolutely Ridiculous.
She became famous BECAUSE people hated her and her song. The only reason shes famous is because it is an awful song. She is the next William Hung. ya know the guy from American Idol who sang she bangs but was bloody awful. She got ridiculed because it was terrible.
She can't complain about being bullied when they are just saying the same things that made her famous. " hey guys check out this song its complete crap" (dislike button pushed) what did she expect that people liked her for it? It has the most dislikes on youtube
I agree with Joe. She wanted fame, she got it. The part that bugs me is getting famous for lack of talent. Focusing on a career would be getting a job at Claires for this one. I guess I'll write a song too. Perhaps some ipsum Lorem and a strobe light may pay off my college debt.
at least she doesn't have to get up at 7am anymore
people shouldn't be so mean to rebecca. she tried to make a video, and people should respect that. leave her alone. it's more than what most of you have accomplished.
She is apparently crying all the way to the bank!
That song made me feel bad for the state of pop music. However, she is still a kid, it was a $4000 demo that was probably not meant for this kind of distribution in the first place. People that hassle her or worse ( death threats? really?), are about as low as it gets in our society before you commit prison worthy crimes. I do feel bad for her, she doesn't deserve this. Grow up America.
Whoever sent that 14 year old girl death threats needs to be locked away in prison. Yes she's not talented, but threatening to kill a kid is a very heinous crime and needs to be made an example of. This is America, not the Middle East.
She should of toughed it out...said she has made enough to pay for college. Why does she think nobody will tease her there?
You ever been to college? Little different from high school as far as the cliques go/
She shouldnt be teased but its standard high school practice. I dont really feel sorry for her, people get ripped on all the time and rather than facing it, she's going to get home schooled so she can focus on her career? I hope they don't mean singing career. I hope she has interest and potential elsewhere, I'd stay away from singing..please rebecca, don't sing anymore...you are not a good performer...your parents just have money....please, there is a reason why kids mock your lyrics in a nasally voice.....
Her bullying classmates are just jealous.
Bullying? Seriously? Pushing a smaller weaker kid down the stairs or taking their lunch money is bullying. Asking someone who recorded a song about Fridays, what day it is, at the very most, teasing.
Rebbecca Black, your song is awful you should quit singing. I also will say though that even though your video was absoloutley terrible, the death threats were not needed.
Hey, it's not sad. It's humorous. Cheers to this girl for giving the entire viral crowd a huge laugh. Maybe she should make the best of it and learn from it. instead of wanting sympathy. It's funny, and maybe without the excessive auto-tune, she has a good voice? :)
She has one of the WORST singing voices I've ever heard! No amount of tweaking will fix it-
Well...guess what....its FRIDAY !!!
First off, what you hear on a music video/on the radio is NOT what they usually really sound like. Their voices are fixed to sound good and any pitchiness is covered up. Autotune is your friend. If anybody has heard her without all the editing, which I have, she is NOT that good at all. Anybody can be a great singer in the studio. You can search youtube videos of people singing before and after editing. They don't even sound the same.
Absolutely concur. There used to be a sound file floating around where someone had isolated Linda McCartney's voice from a recording of Wings singing Hey Jude. It was heinous.
JEEZZZZEEEEE Does anyone in this highly uneducated country realize that the entire song was a satirical look at being 14. She is making fun of what it is like to be 14 and have those "really tough" decisions to make like whether to ride in the front seat or the back seat of the car. Really tough choice there kiddo.
The nasally voice was the way to force a double entendre on the line "Its Friday" I am appalled that people are this uneducated but I am not surprised since funding to the arts in schools has been hacked to death. She has a beautiful voice and her second piece shows that because it is not a satirical song. It is a "See I told you so" song and puts to rest any questions about her ability to sing or make it big. She still needs to develop her voice and I am sure with the highly supportive parents that she has that money to pay for coaching will not be a problem so you can mark my words this girl will make it, whether those pea-brained nitwits, who can't recognize satire when they hear it, like it or not.
As for all the adults on here that have no idea what a double entendre is or even what satire is all I can say is GOOGLE.
Wait a minute. So, "bullying" consisted of "Do you know what day it is?" and singing her song to her? Are her idiotic parents actually equating that to REAL bullying? Quit whining – working at McDonald's to help pay for a PART of your college tuition is more humliating than the "torture" this nimrod is going through. No sympathy – the 15 minutes are up, there is no "career," and it's time to move on with real life.
Go listen to her second song. Yes there is a career. Then see if your college English teacher can share with you the meaning of Satire and double entendre. Then when you are feeling totally foolish for not realizing that the "Its Friday" line is a double entendre in a satirical exploration of her own world as a 14 year old kid in school you can come back here and write something worthy of that college degree you are working to pay for. In the mean time try hard not to further embarrass yourself by showing that a high school graduate and a college student doesn't understand basic satire.
Stop condoning this bad behavior in these kids. I lost a son to suicide because of bullying. her bullies are reading your posts and feeling like they did nothing wrong because of you. What happens when it isn't her? What happens when it is the kid that walks funny because of a disability or the kid with the scars on his arms because of an accident he had as a child? The fact that she was strong and her parents are willing an able to home school her does not diminish the fact that they are bullies. Bullies do not care who heir victims are and if you justify their behaviors toward her the next kid might not be as strong and when he takes his life that blood will be on your hands too because you gave them encouragement by minimizing what they did just because she wants to be a singer.
Saw the kid's interview on the news the other night. Think mom needs to teach her a bit about humility. While I agree her classmates are probably jealous of her instant fame, I think she sounded a bit self-absorbed. And let's face it, that idiotic song and that nasal stuff she's got going is a bit much on the ears....College? She'll forget all about that as long as the dough keeps rolling in. (Right, Mom?)
I'm sure her Mom would never allow the kid to go to college. If the poor dear can't handle criticism now, how will she ever survive college where people might be even more blunt about her lack of talent? No, Mommy will be keeping the cash cow at home and "singing" for as long as possible.
Mystbh.. This is not the time for racism, this is Black's moment.
Good riddance. I never thought the Blacks should have been in our public schools in the first place.
I don't really think what's described in the article is bullying. I think we'd all be so lucky to go through life with Rebecca's problems. Not many people get famous from doing something so terrible, it ends up unintentionally becoming a great parody of contemporary pop music. Some kids have to deal with real emotional/physical abuse and that bullying really does need to be addressed by schools and parents. What Rebecca has to go through, as described in the article, is really nothing and her parents should really be focusing on teaching her how to deal with what are pretty harmless remarks, rather than sheltering her.
Go to youtube and listen to her second song. Then google double entendre and satire. She is a good singer.The song was satire. The nasally voice was used to force the double entendre. You and the idiot generation of kids we are about to pump out into the world would know things like this if arts education in the schools still existed but the schools are too busy promoting football and baseball and the funding for arts education has been butchered in order to be sure not to touch the sacred cows of the sports programs. Maybe the school systems need to raise revenues instead of cutting programs...... wait that is almost satire and a double entendre. Maybe the schools need to follow the federal governments example and just run on a deficit spending model in order to put arts education back in the school. Oh sorry please excuse my satire.
It is bullying and is exactly the kind of actins that drove my son to suicide. he had a disability and the kids always mocked and made fun of him and he ended his life because he could not cope with it. I am sick of adults thinking that what these kids do to each other is harmless. Every time a teen dies from this kind of behavior adults justify the actions of the perpetrators and it is WRONG. i do not care what she did the actions of the kids are wrong. Stop justifying it because the kids that are bullying her are reading these posts and you are giving them ammunition to justify doing it to another child who might not be as strong as she is. A child like my child.
Spydyee, I don't believe your post is credible. I don't believe a parent who lost a child who was driven to suicide after being mocked because of a genuine disability would dare to place a whiny little wimp who couldn't handle being asked what day it was, in the same category as their child. If it were true you would be the most likely to understand it wasn't the same thing.
@Susan.... I thought today was Friday and I wasn't sure which seat to sit in. Then I realized it was Thursday and I had to drive.
Bully: Hey, Rebecca! Guess what day it is!
Rebecca: Today's the day I record another video and cash a six-figure check! For you, it'll be another drab day of doing homework and hanging out on the corner.
Can't wait until she ends up pregnant and in rehab. I would definitely pick in her if I were still in high school. DORK!
I'm reminded of the editorial that came out shortly after Ms. Black's video had gone viral. It was lamenting the commentary and insensitivity of the viewership. How unfair that an innocent gift from parents to child was made into this horrible thing. I thought and wrote then that she was naive. People don't post things on the internet (on youtube espcially) thinking that it is a private affair. Many times, in the back of their mind, is the hope for fame. Well, this is it. She can't and doesn't hide from that common lust.
Jealous Jerks – too bad she had to learn so young that the '95% of everything is crap' rule sometimes holds for student populations....
DUMB GIRL DUMBER SONG LAME FACE HAHA YOUR CLASSMATES TORMENTED YOU GOOD FOR THEM!!!
That is one ugly girl. Why are these white girls so ugly?
She actually kinda cute...and it's too bad you have to be bringing race into it.
So the lesson here? Failures can live with anonymity, while those who do something big are ridiculed by those who wouldn't even dare. Black can continue her education knowing that those who ridicule her don't even compare to her. If they did, they wouldn't have to lash out to get attention.
You nailed it lol–she can laugh all the way to the bank and through college while these yayhoos that harass her do nothing creative. Whether or not a person likes the song, I say GOOD for her!
Too bad this story didn't come out on Friday.
Well her family wanted her to be famous.
But... nobody remembered that been famous is for the good (money and free trips) and the bad (people and magazines).
This girl was touched by only the smallest points of the "15 minutes of fame".
Anyone that goes into the performing business need to know that it 99% problems 1% glory.
Yeah now people see biber and selena and think "they got a good life"... but they only get that because they had a massive group of staff behind them working it out. Even with that Selena has a Mental Health Doctor working with her for 2 year now. Almost every week she goes there to relax... even with that she already got into trouble by not accepting some "problems" of her work.
To get an interview with any of those kids, you need to get over 50 staff members that check everything you will say and ask and if you do a question that was not written and answered on the training stage, you get kicked out and all the companies will block you from getting any famous to get there and talk with you.
This girl doesn´t have anything like that... she tryed to get that with the video trying to nab a record contract and all the things that comes with it. But only 1 singer in each 50000 gets that. All the other ones face major hurdles to get even near a concert stage.
Do you know this family personally? You have no idea whether she wanted this or her family wanted it. I have a daughter and all she ever wanted to do was perform. She did for a while and got out after she had kids. But I look for her to try to get back into something having to do with dance an theater after her kids are grown. With regards to this girl's ability to sing her second song shows that she has a good voice. The nasally "its Friday" was a double entendre. The entire song was a satirical look at what it is like to be a 14 year old kid and the "really tough" decisions they have to make like whether they want to ride in the front or the back seat of the car with their friends. Maybe all of you could try reading a dramatic work, watching a satirical play, or even watching The Daily Show with John Stewart because he does tons of satire. Then go back and watch the video and you will realize that her nasally voice is intentional and is a double entendre.
Focusing on her "career"?
I would think that any sensible music contracter would sign something with her in it to be honest.
Ok...after reading this I actually feel bad for the kid.
Posting a comment on CNN is like screaming at a wall: it's not going to get you anywhere. I wish my wall wasn't so mad at me for screaming at it otherwise I wouldn't be posting this...
4,000 bucks to produce that video? Amazing! That's cheap for the editing time, set up time, I'm sure they paid some
on cam people or at least bought them lunch. Cute stuff. Every generation has their own music, although it reminded
me of a teenie version of Black Eyed Peas. Well, the investment paid off, since she had a college tuition windfall.
Hah! Let the hecklers work their way through.
Come on, she's only 14 and she has made it this far. What have you guys done so far in life? Whether she has talent or not, that's not up to you to say. Seriously, you have that much time on your hand? How about get your life together and start worrying about your own crap instead of hers. At least she made enough money to attend college for free while those who keep talking trash have to pay off their debt afterwards :p
Well, I'm the same age of her and...
1. Made 2nd chair at the end of school orchestra concert (in violin)
2. Won 2 school geography bees
3. Made it to the AZ state geography bee
4. Got straight As
5. Got accepted to the magnet high school in my town (never mind I'm moving before I can attend... I had to take a math, reading, and writing test before I could get in)
6. Am a member of the National Junior Honor Society
7. Am a member of the EAA (pilots and plane fanatics know what this is)
BEAT THAT MS.BLACK!
Good luck Rebecca even though you may never see this. How do other celebrities put up with it? Well, remember that all those haters will probably just draw more attention to you -> more money. Let them sit in their mama's basement and complain, they really are just jealous.
Nobody deserves to get bullied, but being famous is never going to be all happy days and sunshine. She needs to get used to it. As to her career, she should be discouraged in the most serious way imaginable. Whether music is good or bad is supposed to be a matter of opinion. I think Rebecca (and her parents) created what might be the only objectively dreadful mass of dreck ever hoisted upon planet Earth with the horrible "Friday."
Worst of all, it seems as though she has shielded herself (with "help" of family, I am sure) from the reality of why her video went viral, and, as many do in this culture of fame = good, does not have a real idea of what "successful" means. As with her song, millions of people will slow down to view a train wreck. But we don't call a train wreck a "success."
HEAR HEAR! I agree with everything you said, though I have to admit I very well have heard worst songs...this one does not have much validation.
Hope the college plans work out. Its nice that she got something from it besides grief.
I understand her parents are just trying to protect her from the consequences of what seems like was their choice.
I don't think that she's a great singer, but autotune certainly did her NO justice. I dont think that people deserve to get bullied but I would have to say that she needs to grow a spine. Entertainers and even every day average folks are the butt of jokes all of the time, often on a MUCH more cruel basis. She should look at Jaleel White. The role of Americas most known nonadult nerd MADE him famous and Im sure hell never live down those jokes but we never heard about him dropping out of school and being forever traumatized, geez
i would have left my child in the school her mom is stupid
I blame the parents. If your kids wants a music career, you first need to enroll them in voice lessons... this being this girls biggest weakness. Second, you support them, only after they have finished school. She was not even in high school yet. Too young to be encouraged into an adult world.
That's messed up. Leave the girl alone! I'm sure 99% of kids her age could do no better in creating a song.
Wanna bet? There was girl in my class (two years ago) who sang in the talent show. It was just her and a mic, and she sounded amazing.
If you're going to put yourself out there, you're going to be subject to ridcule.
All the haters need to stop, she's only 14. Look, she's got you all talking about her, the more you talk, the more famous she gets. Let's just leave the poor girl alone!
Suck my pu$$y ya ole skag.
all she had to do was wait til some chicks in her class got pregnant, then she*d have at least a lil less negative attention..
To all the people telling commenters that dislike/criticize Rebecca that they're jealous:
I'm pretty sure the criticism is because she became "famous" due to her parents having money instead of working hard and honing her skills and talents so that they're at a level that DESERVES attention. Taylor Swift, since she was really young, walked into every record label near her town with a home recording of her music and persisted until she was finally recognized for her talent and signed onto a label. Lady Gaga has been writing songs for major pop stars for years before she decided to try and sing her own songs (and for those who think she can't sing, she's a classically trained vocalist/pianist. just search for her performing live. no auto-tune).
Rebecca Black's parents paid enough money to purchase a used car/2 top of the line iMacs/a 60" LED-LCD flatscreen TV/3 month's rent to have their 13 year old child record a song, which became viral because it was a JOKE. It's wholly unfair to real musicians that this girl is appearing in music videos, showing up at red carpet events, and quitting school to pursue her "career" when she didn't do anything to deserve it.
Her peers aren't "jealous" – they're giving their opinion on her. It's called free speech. Though directed in a cruel manner, if Rebecca were at all confident about herself and her skills, it wouldn't be a problem and she wouldn't quit school. Clearly, she knows she's talentless, and obviously, she can't face it, and neither can you.
I wouldn't call Taylor Swift a musician, but what you said is true.
Voicing their opinions and bullying are two very different things. Whatever their parents do with their money is their problem, and while I too think the song is really bad and the autotune sucks, that doesn't make me go and post everywhere that Rebecca Black is awful and a spoiled brat for months, whether that's true or not. Bullying is never ok, and if it got bad enough that she can't deal with it anymore, then good for her. Nobody has to stay and suck it up just because the bullies "don't really mean it, they are just giving their criticism."
She deserved to be bullied after such a stupid song. If she is now a celebrity it is because of stupidity of people. Oh, and that's right, the vid got 200,000 views over night, but 199,999 people disliked that crap she calls music. Don't know why everyone is forcing her to be a celebrity, she's no star and her parents are delusional.
*sigh* jealous again
Really, she deserves to be bullied for a stupid song? I don't think she and her parents had any intention to have the video go viral as it did, and she's only 14 years old, the worst age to be and deal with bullying. She had the video made because she wants to be a singer. Whether she will succeed or not I ave no idea, but that she is trying is not a reason to bully her, nor to deal with that constantly for months.
All anyone is concerned about anywhere is how attractive, ahem, im sorry, how HOT someone is. Talent is not needed. There is technology for that. Look at Lyndsey Lohan. Not a singer but nevertheless, she'll probably somehow come out more profitable from all her narcissistic, attention seeking ways, just as, very sadly, and again not a singer but case and point, Casey Anthony (although this one has got to make it through the rest of her life though w/o being capped). Just call whatever attention to yourself, and you will henceforth gain notoriety, and subsequently, money. Ms. Black's parents and Ms. Black herself are privy to superficial, shallow desires and patterns of the majority of people here in the good ol' USA.
Kudos to her for chutzpah in simply doing it though.
If anyone feels sorry for her getting trolled out of school remember this: She wanted the attention and she got it. The old Chinese saying is be careful what you wish for. Her parents also deserve their own little pile of gold for this, their child now gets have this follow her around to every job, college and place she goes in life.
The kids who are bullying her are JEALOUS, plain and simple. They will NEVER be rich and famous like her and they already know it at at the ripe age of 12 or whatever they are. How sad for them but great for Rebecca!
Amen! I agree 100%. They are ALL petty and jealous babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Really? Jealous? No... there are many reasons to be jealous of another student. But when your voice is auto-tuned and used in a horrible song like Friday, they're just being mean. After all, it's not like Rebecca Black truly earned any of the money she got. All she did was have a mother that decided to spent money on a recording package that meant she only had to show up in a studio for a few minutes. And besides, regardless of musical taste, why do so many people defend this girl? I don't know her personally, but isn't she just endorsing the idea that you don't have to have any skills to get ahead in this country, and responsibilities are fleeting?
Rebecca honey, I hope you are laughing ALL the way to the bank! Go Girl!
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First off, instead of buying her talentless daughter a music video deal, Georgina should have paid for voice lessons. Having knowledge is the first step to becoming a musician and she obviously has none if she is completely oblivious to the fact that she is tone deficient, can't write her own music, pays four thousand dollars for a terrible video and song, and believes in autotune to make her sound better rather than enhanced. I don't care if she's fourteen. Miley Cyrus was twelve when she started and was a MILLION times better the Rebecca.
Spoken like a true bully.
They are just mad because she is pretty!
Maybe when she gets older her mom will buy her a boyfriend. Chaz Bono?
If she is this bothered by a little mocking she will never be able to survive in the real world.
Spoken like a true bully, good kids, mom must be so proud.
I agree with John. Spoken like a true bully.
I've been teased for being one of the smartest kids in class, if the teasing gets to much, you tell a teacher. I was also teased by these two boys (I'm taking hurtful teasing) because I am Jewish. I teared up, but so would you if you felt threatened, and I told my teacher. And that was the end of that. I forgave the boys the next day.
Really? While I do agree with you in a sense, it is vice versa to the bully. If you waste your time bullying a showering tyranny over others you find weak, that shows your weakness and imperfections. I've been bullied for nine years and I've seen that the weak ones are the bullies themselves. You might want to work on that.
maybe she eats doodoo
Not a bad effort; for a 13 yr. old. The guy cruising around looking for some "fun" was kinda creepy. A partial thumbs up for the presentation. Thumbs down for the mom pushing her career.
If you think about Rebecca Black enough to formulate an opinion about her, and you're over the age of 18, then you are a pathetic excuse for an American and need to grow up and develop some responsibility.
Well, you obviously must know enough about her to have an opinion about the people who have an opinion about her, so what does that say about you?
What ups Charlie.
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In our school district, bullying is absolutely forbidden. Where are the teachers when this stuff is going on?
Neither is the most obvious show of bullying. In one they sing her song in the same voice that is used in the music video (I'm in college and we did that all over my school) and in the other they ask her if she knows what day it is. I'm not surprised a teacher never noticed this.
I don't have any clue why people don't like her, but as other posters here pointed out she does like to eat doo doo. So I guess that's why people gripe about her, I dunno it is kinda gross to eat doo doo.
The sad part is, she actually thinks she can sing! Even with "Auto-Tune" she sounds terrible. It's sad she received a Teen Choice award when she has no physical singing ability whatsoever, but true YouTube stars like Christina Grimmie don't get recognized. Christina Grimmie refuses to (as ANY real musician should) use AutoTune to enhance her voice and the great thing is, Christina doesn't have to her voice is that good! Check out Christina Grimmie's cover of the Nelly song "Just a Dream" and you'll see what I mean. She also does a ton of other covers as well as her own music. (which she rights herself). Rebecca Black is pathetic (I don't care how old she is) in thinking she can actually sing. I mean just listen to the lyrics, those are bad enough even if she didn't use Auto Tune. I was utterly floored when Americas Got Talent had her sing last night!! She even used AutoTune then! Seriously, if you have to use a computer program in order for your music to sound good, then you're not a musician in my opinion. Sure a lot of stars use AutoTune, but at the same time, most of them already know how to sing and only use it to enhance their music, not completely change their voice. I've heard Rebecca Black sing without AutoTune and she has absolutely no talent. That's the thing people don't realize about this program....AutoTune can literally turn ANYBODY into a singer, even the worst tone deaf person on the planet. She's a fraud and it's sad the music industry is exploting such a talentless girl all because she's cute. But then look at the crap they play on the radio. The music industry has fallen a long way over the years, and this Rebecca Black fiasco proves it!
That's all well and good that you don't respect people who use auto-tune, but that doesn't mean these artists aren't musicians. T-Pain, no matter what you think of him, IS a musician. So if he counts, Rebecca Black counts. How could she not?
Also, I agree with you that the music industry has fallen a long way. However, that's not her fault, nor should she be faulted for exploiting the idiocy of the current music industry.
@Superhiro- I very much agree with both comments....it is not her fault and she is learning...give her a chance...You're right a musician is a musician whether some opinions of them are negative etc.........
that awkward thruth is? you don not belong to rebecca's age bracket. poke your head man, a pop song intended to catch the dollars of that age bracket who prefer pop songs rather than those songs you preferably crave at your age now
She will be doing p0rn by the time she's 19.
I'm sorry, what a wuss. Good for her for chasing her dream and earning some cash, but really, what a pansy. She'll fade into obscurity in time.
So it's better to stay and keep dealing with the daily bullying? Are you one of those people who think: "hey don't get mad I'm just having fun! so shut up and deal with me making fun of you every day for months!" If you are, you are just a very sad person.
This is what her parents paid $4000 for... to have their kid tormented and be dealing with something much bigger. I find that funny
I'll believe the day come when your parent or sibling spends $400,000 in chemotherapy, just to keep them barely alive, hanging on by a thread, hoping the cancer doesn't take them before that one last special holiday with the family. Then we'll talk about "funny" again.
It is not funny any more than bullying a child to suicide like my son was.
Yes, very moist.
I can queef the national anthem.
Wow........ Some people are losers... Just because someone makes a song and you either don't like it or are jealous is no reason to bully her out of school. Man, people are getting less intelligent and caring every day
How you say?
"Haters gonna hate."
Shame on those OC kids. They'll still be envious of her like they are now, just because she has the guts to chase her dream.
It's true that she's no Beethoven, but some one should have told her that she can't sing. I can't sing to save my life, and I'll sing anyway at the top of my lungs shamelessly, but I'm not gonna try to make a career out of it because I KNOW I can't sing. All singers have haters and she should understand that.
But singing doesn't seem to be a prerequisite to be a musician anymore. I don't think Gaga can sing. I don't think J.Lo can sing, but they're considered "singers". This girl, at least in my opinion, isn't that much worse than those "singers" I just mentioned, so why give her more crap than they get?
Wow! That was rally lame. She should just expect to be treated badly and have people hate her for singing.....how about our society gets an overhaul for thinking like that?
Also, I should be clear. The kids making fun of her aren't in the wrong here either. If she puts herself out there with a song to try and get famous, then she should be open to criticism. However, I'm just saying I can understand how hearing the same annoying comments over and over from classmates every day would be enough to make her want to get out of school. I mean, I personally find teenagers to be quite annoying enough even when they aren't talking about me.
Also, like I said, the song's bad, but so is a LOT of music these days. I don't think Rebecca Black is anywhere near the worst or least talented out there.
Echo, the reality is that she can sing. More than likely she did the nasally voice on purpose on that song. If you go listen to her other song you learn really really quickly that she can sing. She is still young and she may lack the breathing control that she needs to do a ballad but I would love to see her do a really slow ballad, maybe a love song, or even a religious or Christmas song just to see what kind of control she has. however, that nasally stuff in Friday I believe,and I have worked with many young actors, dancers, and singers, was very very intentional on her part and was supposed to be there so the song came across as mocking the restrictions of school during the week and was meant to sound like a kid looking at the teacher going ,"Its Friday" in their most sarcastic smart mouthed voice.
Of course people do not go to enough theater, read dramatic works, or even watch dramatic television that isn't about crime to understand a double entendre in a satirical exploration of being a 14 year old kid when they hear it.
Kids today are much more cruel and mean than when I was her age (32 years ago) but that doesnt give them license to show off what poor role models they have for acceptable and honorable behavior by making Rebecca feel like she needs to leave school. Some friends she has. And yes I know that Im the same age as her parents but I was not raised that way and neither are mine.
I think this is stupid,The song is not bad she is 14 trying to become a singer.Then all you losers had to be doosh bags and make fun of it and write rude stupid comments.Everyone has a dream and rebecca was brave and posted a music video.I have no idea why people have to make fun of her rebecca black is a nice girl.
Are you kidding the song is atrocious. And while I think much of todays pop of the last 10 years has been bad too, Friday is a new low. Its too bad shes being bullied constantly though, i think her music is crap but theres no need to harass her, people should think its cool shes achieved the level of fame she has.
Have you seen the second video. There is a great likelihood that the nasally voice on the first one was intentional. The second song she has put out is great. She has talent and in time as her voice develops she is going to make it big and you are going to feel like an idiot for what you have written.
The song is bad, but I doubt it was her or her parents' intention to become internet memes. Also, as bad as the song is, I think it is much worse to post such awful comments about her dying and whatnot. She is a kid, many of the people that post mean and nasty comments in youtube aren't. Also having to deal with some people making fun of you here and there is part of growing up, but having to deal with most kids bullying you as well as know that you have become an internet joke and being told to suck it up is not right. Bullies never think on how much they hurt others, because they are "just having fun" without any regards on how their target feels. If the bullying got to the point that was too uncomfortable for Rebecca to go to school, then good for her to leave.
I agree, I like her and I like the song. It didn't get millions of hits for no reason. She wrote a hit and that's a great accomplishment.
Oh no, they sang her song mockingly. Grow a spine.
some adults are just as low as these pathetic under educated children.
Really? Daniel's right. If she can't deal with a little criticism at school (wow – people ask her what day it is, annoying – but hardly harassment) she's choosing the wrong profession.
She's not "choosing a profession". She's not 21 years old and heading out of college. She's a 14 years old school kid with a fun, if flawed, video. I don't understand why bullying is something that you would think is permissible in a school environment.
Regardless of whether she wants to pursue music as a carer or not she is still only 14 years old and I remember being a 14 year old girl and the only thing I cared about was trying to blend into the woodwork enough that no one laughed at me for any reason. All I wanted to do was be the girl no one remembered for ANY reason good or bad.
Yes she is choosing a career. That video just like her second one (which is much better) was at the very least a semi-professional video. This was not done by a schoolkid with her parents home video camera. However, with that being said she is still a 14 year old kid and I think it is absolutely a disgrace that she was treated that way and I want to know where in the name of heaven were the school administrators. I think every kid in her old school needs to be herded into their gymnasium and forced to sit and listen to an all day lecture on bullying and made to spend a week in sensitivity training. If the message doesn't get through at least the "punishment" of making them go through it might deter them from doing it again to a different child if the administrators threaten them with this training every time there is a bullying incident at the school.
"Cant deal with a little criticism at school."
People who say crap like that have never been through it. She is not getting "a little criticism".
She gets it. All. The. Time.
Every kid that passes by makes a comment. Every time she raises her hand in class she gets laughed at. Every time she gets on the bus, somebody trips her.
That is not "a little criticism" unless waterboarding is "just a dip in the pool".
Rebecca Black is a young entertainer, all this hatred towards her is rediculous. The word entertainer is simple, she is here for your entertainment and clearly she has caught everyones attention all these threats and disturbing comments are horrific, these jealous teenagers have nothing better to do besides sit home on friday and say mean things about her, come on children grow up and go make some friends.
That's sad. Poor girl :(
Thats the only response I had too. Good for her for putting herself out there and trying. These other kids obviously suffer from lack of good parenting. I hope she keeps trying :(
Well.. those other kids can continue to bully and taunt while Rebecca continues to climb the ladder towards success and do bigger things in her life. It's just the haters hating. She went on a limb and her parents believed in her which obviously paid off. Good job Rebecca and parents!
Man... I'm actually starting to feel bad for this girl. Sure the song was bad, but no worse than the pop trash that Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber produce. Plus she's like 14 years old, she's not frickin Beethoven.
At least they rhymed, they poured $4000 in to a video for their talentless daughter, why??? I suppose she doesn't deserve the more traumatizing abuse, but its not like anyone said it was good. Oh well, I hope she doesn't get an actual record contract.
So... does that mean you think Bieber's lyrics of "Baby, baby, baby" are superior to "Friday, friday friday" And Lady Gaga repeating "Judas" in an annoying off tone voice is superior to Friday? They're all pretty much equally terrible.
Totally agree with you Superhiro. When I first saw the Friday video on YouTube, my friends (who had already seen it) were eagerly watching me in anticipation of how I'd respond to hearing the song. And I was honestly just like, yeah that was pretty awful but it still sounds like it could be on a pop radio station. Because it isn't any more awful than a lot of the music that is actually popular. Maybe if she had worn a blue wig or slapped on a meat dress or shown a little more skin people would be calling her talented instead. Ironically, all the teasing has made her famous and now she'll probably get some singing lessons and two or three years down the road she'll probably resurface with an edgier, more grown up image, and most of the people ridiculing her will be listening to her music. This is a good lesson for this girl – because if she wants fame she better get used to people saying bad things about her. Its just unfortunate she has to deal with half the world picking on her when she's 14. I agree with some of the other comments that someone in her life should have told her how bad her singing was before she posted the video online. I fail to believe everyone close to her is completely tone deaf. But despite the good that has come out of this for her, it must be hard to take all the criticism and cruelty thrown her way.
Junior High sucks. Kids are the meanest ever. They'll all talk about how they "knew" her when she became famous to make themselves look cool later on. She'll be fine – its a lot for a 14 year old to be harassed. If she can be home schooled and focus on education and her career – so be it. If that's what makes her happy, leave her alone.
I think she intentionally did the song in that nasally voice because her second song is a thousand times better. I think she meant it to be like that but no one got that so they just thought she couldn't sing but she has a killer voice for a 14 year old. My daughter's voice coach once said that until a girl reaches about 25 or over 7 years of voice training that they tended to have "kid" voices but she has a richness that you can hear if you listen carefully. I would love to hear her do a slow ballad to see how much control she has.
Don't compare her to Lady Gaga..Lady Gaga is extremely talanted.. if you listened to her songs you would realize that..
If Lady Gaga writes her own music, I respect her 100 times more then Black and Bieber even though I hate her music. I just hate the idea of musicians performing entirely off of other people's music. Most bands write their own stuff and still become famous, and they deserve it more for that reason.
you want to compare her to bieber thats fine but seriously GAGA ... 30 years from now we will still be hearing from lady gaga , rebecca black justin beiber not so much i hate to sound like some gaga freak but seriously the 2 DO NOT compare... AND i dont have sympathy for black either nor do i think she wants it the article is making her sound like "poor me" but in reality shes prbably sleeping in until 10am and counting her money and youtube views !!!!
thank you,.... good to know the good folks in blog world look out for one another.
I dont have sympathy for her. Do realize that famous people get ribbed constantly. Arnold deals with "i'll be back" jokes daily, people still can't get over Keanu and his EXCELLENT adventure, and Jeff Bridges will forever be known as "the dude". When Justin Beiber gets teased about looking female, he goes onto SNL and makes jokes about it instead of withdrawing from society. The truth is, they paid $4,000 to get her into the spotlight, and now she cant stand the heat.
The kids who are bullying her are JEALOUS, plain and simple. They will NEVER be rich and famous like her and they already know it at at the ripe age of 12 or whatever they are. How sad for them, but great for Rebecca!
Cruelty is not a virtue. Cruelty is a sign that a person is a coward and lacks an imagination.
@Joe, she is 14 years old. Get a clue.
Her parents aren't 14. Follow your own advice and get a clue. She'd need parental consent to make a music video. Her parents obviously didn't think very long about this if they didn't consider she would get backlash if it became successful. They should have said no from the start. Unless they are the ones pushing for her to become a performer.
A better education she will never have. Spend time with your folks while you may. And, thank goodness you don't have to put up with the morons that would denigrate your fine success.
Sounds like an excuse so she can concentrate on her music career and not be tied to school hours.
Everyone in school said it was the worst song ever and I said "you know what, she'll be laughing all the way to the bank, trust me." Not saying I like the video, but she's laughing all the way to college and back. By the way, she looks kinda like a lastic Barbie in that picture.
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