Friday, March 18, 2011

We so Excited!

It’s Friday and the only thing that I want to be doing is gettin’ down. I can’t think of a better way to do that than at a party with Rebecca Black. We’re guaranteed to have fun, fun, fun, fun!

Gettin' Down with Rebecca Black

If her name came up in a conversation a week ago, we would have asked, “Rebecca, who?”

Her music video “Friday” on YouTube is the epitome of the term “viral video.” Up until a week ago, it had managed to accumulate a modest amount of 1,000 views in the span of a month. Thanks to pop culture blogs that pointed out how terrible they thought it was, today it has over 17 million views. YouTube is calling it the Rebecca Black Phenomenon.

I think it’s a nice song.

Unfortunately, many would disagree with me. With heavily autotuned vocals, lazily written lyrics, and a generic pop tune, this song is being accused of being the worst song ever. The Rolling Stone dubbed it an “unintentional parody of modern pop.” Because of this, Black is getting criticized and trolled by nearly the entire world.

The worst part is that it’s not her fault.

The true culprit behind everything that is hated about “Friday” is the Ark Music Factory. This “record label” preys on the dreams and aspirations of kids who want to make it big like the Biebs. For a nominal fee, the Factory will provide you with a music video single on YouTube; all you have to do is sing.

Black’s mother paid over $2,000 dollars for this treatment. Out of all the “artists” in the Factory, she was getting the biggest bang for her buck.

While “Friday” has led to worldwide fame on the Internet and television, troll attacks have driven Black to tears. The Internet has no sympathy for its victims, even if it is a 13 year old girl trying to pursue her dream. As far as Internet popularity goes, Charlie Sheen would say that you could be #winning the Internet one week and forgotten the next.

The sad truth about Black is that there may not be a professional career for her in the future despite her sudden attention. On the plus side, she created an Internet meme for us to enjoy for the time being.

I would just like to point out that she is a perfect example as to why record labels and other companies should not exploit the dreams of the youth for profit. It makes you look bad, especially if the finished product is mediocre and infamous on the Internet.

As soon as the Ark Music Factory gets back from the bank, I would like them to know that they should be ashamed of themselves.

In the meantime, it’s Friday—let’s party!