Two weeks ago, Rebecca Black was an eighth-grader no one had ever heard of, and today she’s an internet sensation with 16 million hits on YouTube for her song “Friday” and a guest on Good Morning America today. She also had a feature written about her in The Daily Beast. That’s a lot of attention in two short weeks, and while Black defends the song she’s famous for (and famously mocked for), she also thinks she’s being bullied by all the anonymous haters.
In her Daily Beast interview, Black explains that she never expected backlash to a song that’s basically all about fun-fun-fun. “Those hurtful comments really shocked me. At times, it feels like I’m being cyberbullied.” It might sound hyperbolic, but people aren’t just mocking the music, there are people commenting that she should kill herself and get an eating disorder, which is upsetting. Ark Music Factory, the company the produced the song for Black, actually offered to take the song offline because the hateful comments were so bad, but Black wouldn’t let them.
“I decided not to give the haters the satisfaction that they got me so bad I gave up,” she said. And in today’s GMA interview, Black sang an acoustic version of “Friday,” (which actually wasn’t bad, you can watch it above) and admitted that she has Bieber-fever and would love to do a duet with him. We actually can’t think of anything more perfect than two Internet sensations partnering up for a collaboration.
Yes, we mocked the song when we first heard it but when her voice isn’t all Auto-Tuned and she isn’t all weirdly animated, we kind of like this girl.
[Photo: YouTube/The Daily Beast]