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The Cyberbullying of Rebecca Black

March 20, 2011

Have you heard about Rebecca Black? She’s 13 year old girl who’s parents (presumably) had enough money to allow her to make her own little video and song (with a company called Ark Music Factory), which now has 22 million hits on Youtube. The song, above, is fairly terrible, but, just what you would expect given everything I just described. Also, its really catchy and if I was a pre teen, I’d probably make it my ringtone or something.

The internet has exploded with hate (and some support) for this little girl and her cute little video. Its fucked, and its hypocritical.

Her music is terrible, you can’t hear her through the Autotune, how is she popular, who is she, the state of music today, et cetera.

How is Rebecca Black any less apalling than the  rest of the pop music industry? She had money and made a pop song. But! She can’t sing. Well, no one in the history of music has ever had a shitty voice!

Rebecca Black is just an exemplary phenomenon of the worst, and most persistent pop music equation: money > talent.

Also, Rebecca Black is a 13 years old.

The internet and all media outlets need to let kids be kids — yes, Miley Cyrus is going to say and do annoying, stupid, eye-roll inducing things, just like most kids who have a fame related soap-box would do. Like most of us would, if we were that age.

The internet can encapsulate and  aggrandize all those unfortunate moments that children and young adults go through as part of growing up – surely everyone has memories of things they said or did when they were younger that are embarrassing now, but the only remnant of that shame (however serious) is your memory, not the world wide web.

For all the recent anti-bullying zeitgeist that was flying around at the end of 2010, there is a lot of hate being directed towards a young girl who is just having some fun, and that sounds a lot like bullying to me.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. jcowandewar permalink
    March 21, 2011 11:30 am

    Agreed. BUT, I think there is some legitimate criticism being leveled at the music industry as a whole and at this company who, for a huge fee, promise to try to make you a pop star regardless of talent. None of that is Rebecca Black’s fault but is it fair game to call out her parents and Ark Music Factory for creating this shitty song and underlining the ideal that anyone can and should be famous? Maybe.

    • March 21, 2011 5:20 pm

      Yes, but I think that the argument could be made towards basically every major record label today, and Rebecca Black is hardly the first one to become famous on the premise of money alone. And perhaps tv stations, too, are at fault; see: reality stars. It just seems unfortunate that this issue – albeit accelerated in the last few years – has been around for a long time, but rebecca black seems to be the pariah; why exactly her and not all the other 15-minute stars is a very weird oversight on the part of the media.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    April 13, 2011 6:59 am

    spectacular stuff really eh

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