Thank goodness we as a people already saw Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video over 160 million times—we may never see it again! The singer has pulled the video off YouTube after the geniuses at Ark Entertainment tried to turn the clip into a rental, requiring you to pay $2.99 to watch it for three days. Since Black and Ark are already tangling over who exactly owns the rights to what, with her parents threatening to sue, the family decided to curb Ark’s bizarre last dash for cash.
We were a little confused last week when Miley Cyrus reportedly criticized Rebecca Black, saying “It should be harder to be an artist. You shouldn’t just be able to put a song on YouTube and go on tour.” In an industry where everyone gets their big break in different ways (and some are born into it—cough, cough), we were shocked by Miley’s criticism. Turns out though, that it was all just a big mix-up. Miley claims she was misquoted and told E! this weekend “I am a fan of Rebecca Black. I love Rebecca Black. I just got misquoted. I think she’s great.”
To go even further, Miley says “I actually have this really embarrassing video that my sister has on her phone and I’m just waiting till the day that she puts it on YouTube. It’s me driving, singing Rebecca Black and my hands are not always on the wheel while I’m singing the song. Not so good.” Pics, or it didn’t happen! You hear us, Noah Cyrus? Your sister is daring you to put that online. We need proof that Miley really does sing mindless, terrible pop music in the car. (As opposed to just onstage! Heyoo! Just kidding, cheap shot.)
It must be hard to see some young whipper-snapper achieve instant fame through no real talent of her own, especially when you’ve worked for decades to hone your skills and find your true voice. Of course then you’d be Bob Dylan and you would have no idea what Auto-tune even is. In the meantime, why exactly is Miley Cyrus criticizing Rebecca Black? When asked about the Internet star/punchline in Australia’s Daily Telegraph, Cryus sniffed, “It should be harder to be an artist. You shouldn’t just be able to put a song on YouTube and go on tour.” Of course not! You should have to be the daughter of a wildly successful country western star. Seriously, it’s like some people don’t even respect the craft anymore!
While Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video might be burning up the interwebs, Miley thinks social media is for amateurs who know nothing about life in the spotlight. You know, like 8-year-olds or something. “I do not Tweet, I do not social network, I try to stay out of it,” Cyrus scoffed. “I complain enough about people knowing too much about my private life, so to go out there and exploit myself would be silly and hypocritical.” You know what else would be silly and hypocritical? Snarking on someone for paying a faceless corporation to make her famousÃ¢â‚¬Â¦after a faceless cooperation made you famous. Despite what your voice sounds like, Miley, you haven’t really been drinking whiskey and traveling in the back of train cars teaching yourself guitar for 20 years. So let’s try to keep things in pop perspective.
Rebecca Black isn’t going away any time soon, as evidenced by the fact that she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and performed her song “Friday” to an audience that sang along with her. Black also talked about the fact that even though there are a lot of haters in the form of cruel, anonymous internet commenters, she’s received quite a bit of support and recognition from celebrities.
“Ryan Seacrest has been amazing through this whole thing,” Black told Leno, and she says Simon Cowell “wants to meet me, that’s so cool!” She also says celebs like Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Willow Smith and Cody Simpson have reached out to her via Twitter to offer her support too. And as for all the money she’s raking in from YouTube hits and iTunes sales? She plans to donate it all to her school and to Japan’s relief efforts. So at least something positive will come from all this! Check out the video which features her interview and performance above.
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.