Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rebecca Black –INTERNET has made her famous

Rebecca’s YouTube video for her song “Friday” went viral. Rebecca Black is considered an internet meme, she has had 18 million views on Youtube in few days. Yes folks, over 18 million people have seen this video. 

Even Rebecca was surprised by the instantaneous repercussion. She said:  “After seeing it go from 4,000 views to 70,000 views in one night and then waking up to see it was at 200,000 views, that’s when I knew it was going to be big.” … “I have been so mind-blown with the whole thing,” she says. “I didn’t really expect much to come out of it. Just maybe some friends and some family would see it.”
Even Wikipedia has a topic about her!
That shows the power of social midia – specifically Twitter and Facebook in the ability to create "overnight sensations”.
Although most people on the internet has voted her to be the worst song, she does have a few people, who like her song.

See what people have been saying about her song:
Story photo: 18,000-Plus Hopefuls Flood X Factor Auditions in L.A.
“Love it! I’ve never seen anything cause so much controversy. I think it’s genius. the fact that everyone’s getting upset about it is hysterical. any song to do with the weekend annoys you. It reminds me of ‘Saturday Night;’ do you remember that [1994] song by Whigfield? It’s what we call a ‘hair-dryer song,’ a song girls sing into their hair dryers as they’re getting ready to go out. But the fact that it’s making people so angry is brilliant.”
Story photo: 18,000-Plus Hopefuls Flood X Factor Auditions in L.A.
“Why are people so cruel, can’t a girl make a song about a day and call out other days and have a creepy black guy in the video chasing school buses?  This is how the internet works.  They take the dumbest thing alive and make it popular… they helped her career criticizing her they made her more marketable.”

“ The poor girl is only 13 – of course she’s going to sing about boys and fun. That’s all she knows.”

“ok...... really people ... i mean i love to sing ... but she ruined it for me .. just shut up really take singing lessons it has been stuck in my head for 1 million freaking years!!! and the lyrics is like someone is talking... i mean who writes " yesterday was thursday , now today is Friday!"

"Why is a 13-year-old driving that car? Why aren't they wearing seatbelts? And why is an adult rapper following them? "

 "I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty. I hope you cut and die."

Charlie Sheen said on his twitter: “Rebecca Black, we don't hate you because you're famous. You're famous because we hate you”.

Rebecca explained why she recorded the song Firday: She said the producers offered her two songs, and she chose "Friday" because, as she said: "The other song was about adult love -- I haven't experienced that yet. 'Friday' is about hanging out with friends, having fun. I felt like it was my personality in that song."

Rebecca said:"Those hurtful comments really shocked me. At times, it feels like I'm being cyberbullied."


VIRAL (adj) very popular and spreading very quickly, especially on the Internet, e.g.:
Within weeks, her blog went viral.

INTERNET MEME: The term Internet meme  (pronounced /ˈmiːm/, rhyming with "cream") is used to describe a concept that spreads via the Internet.

CYBERBULLYING: Cyberbullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten or intimidate someone.

Please take some  time to comment this topic, it's a nice opportunity to practice your English!

Do you like Rebecca Black's song  ”Friday”?
Do you think some people's comments above are a kind of cyberbullying?
What do you think of the internet power?

by Vivian Barone


  1. I didn't like it. But it's not so bad. But I think that what people are doing is cyberbullying, this is a kind of violence.

  2. I really did not like Rebecca´s hit. I couldn´t barely listen until the end of her song. In my opinion, Rebecca´s success is a passing thing like many others internet meme nowadays. However, I don´t agree with the cyberbullying which she´s being victim of. It´s so cruel for a girl at just 13 years old!!!

  3. I don't like this kind of midia. A lot of beautiful things to do on internet and my feeling is that just bad things happen. People talking about Big Brother TV program, bad songs, porn sites, etc... We need change this just looking for good news, and interesting things.

  4. We don't like this kind of midia either. Our purpose on discussing it is to call attention at how powerful internet can be, and to make people aware; specially our students; that cyberbullying can have a naive appearance like just gossiping or chatting about a teenager’s song. However, this is a cruel cyberbullying. At the end of the post there are three questions intended to promote discussion. The first one is for people (students) of the basic level. It’s difficult for them to discuss complex topics like the internet power and cyberbullying, that’s why the question is about liking or disliking it.
    The two other questions were posted to promote an upbuilding and critical discussion. If we search the published midia about Rebecca black on the internet, we easily see that they’re just either gossiping or cyberbulying. We’re trying to make the difference.

  5. I didn't like it. Rebecca Black's song shows what girls do when they are 13 years old with her friends. It's amazing how people can be cruel. People should use the internet for good things and not to destroy someone. This is cyberbullying.

  6. I did not like this song because her lyrics is very repetitive, and that makes it sickening