The Rebecca Black “Friday” video is now one of YouTube’s biggest hits. However, the video may also be one of the most derided Internet sensations of all time. Once the aspiring singer’s new song reached viral fame, it descended into viral infamy within minutes. Virtually everyone believes it is bad as an actual song, but some don’t mind — whereas others are much less forgiving. As such, the video backlash has been difficult for her, but not everyone has been so ruthless.
Fittingly, the singer addressed the various reactions to her song on a Friday. For a week, the Internet has been singing along to her number about the weekend, although not for entirely positive reasons. In fact, some of the worst comments have made her feel like she’s been cyberbullied.
Since the video has gotten more than 21 million YouTube hits, there were bound to be some rotten comments mixed in. But since the song has been all but universally panned, the most positive feedback has been that it’s so bad, it’s good. For those who think it is just bad, they have been ruthless against the singer.
Black told “Good Morning America” that one person wished she’d cut herself, and get an eating disorder. She also used the term “cyberbullying” to describe the worst of it in an interview with the Daily Beast. Yet in spite of the meaner reviews, she decided to leave the song on YouTube.
If the video was legitimately good, it probably wouldn’t have been so popular. But millions of people are watching it because they’ve heard it is terrible — proving that success can come in many forms.
These days, it may be easier to achieve fame by being a bad performer, rather than being good, since it is probably easier. Although not everyone remembers all of the American Idol winners, they remember the likes of Sanjaya, William Hung and General Larry Platt even more.
But not all of the Black video reactions have been mean spirited, or back handed in their comments. The backup singers for Glee’s Dalton Academy Warblers raved about it on OK Magazine, and said they would love for the Warblers to cover the song. However, they admitted that “it’s hard to touch perfection.”
If the number got the Glee treatment, it would go a long way towards balancing out the haters. But since the clip has been a viral sensation for a week, its 15 minutes could be up soon anyway. Yet since Black’s video has generated this kind of fervor, it might have a longer shelf life — and inspire less cyberbullying someday.
YouTube- “Rebecca Black – Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO)”
Daily Beast- “Rebecca Black Talks Friday and Cyberbullying in First Interview”
Ok Magazine- “Glee’s Warblers Call Rebecca Black’s Friday a Masterpiece & Consider Cover”