Corrrect! wrote: »
Riding home from school with her mom on Friday, March 11, Rebecca got her first inkling that something strange had started when she checked her phone and saw a comment that said comedian Daniel Tosh, host of a Comedy Central's "Tosh.O," had posted her video on his blog. "Uh-oh," the comment read. "Not good."
At home she went online and saw that her YouTube view stats were soaring, jumping 10,000 or more since that morning.
"I looked at my video and it had gotten all these comments," Rebecca says. "They were all mean and really nasty 'This man has a beautiful singing voice.' And I was like, 'Mom?' I was almost on the verge of tears 'look at this.'"
Her mother's first response was to tell her they were just making fun of the song's very simple lyrics (co-written by Ark's Wilson and Jey) but many were much more personal attacks: You can't sing, you're not pretty, your song is the worst song ever were among the more printable paraphrases of the Internet slings and arrows thrown her way.
"I think I broke down in tears just about then, and I thought, 'Well, this isn't good. I'm getting views, but this isn't the way I wanted them.'
"I really thought, 'Should I have not done this?'" Rebecca says. "'This is my fault, I should have gone with the other song.' I haven't ever gotten that much hate. I thought the world is going to hate me. My self-confidence had dropped down to the ground. I thought I'd get made fun of at school."
After an hour of self-doubt and sorrow, Rebecca wiped away her tears and went to find her mom, who told her that Wilson from Ark had called and said they'd been receiving offers for TV spots for Rebecca and dozens of other e-mails after the video started taking off that afternoon.
"I'm like, 'Well, maybe this is a good thing you never know,'" Rebecca says. "My mom said to me, 'We can either keep it up (on YouTube) or take it down.'"I said, 'No, I'm not going to give them the satisfaction of making me take it down.' I said, 'No, this is going to work out. I just want to let it go. Let it do its thing.'"
By 7 p.m. that night the "Friday" video had reached 100,000 views. "I called my dad and said, 'I think it's going viral.' I was just happy to get to 100,000. I never thought I'd get to 1 million."
erzo01 wrote: »
In just one week, Rebecca Black has gone from a virtually unknown aspiring pop star to a household name shes even managed to replace Charlie Sheen as a Twitter trending topic. While her low budget tween fest music video Friday has over 16 million views (and counting) on YouTube, the response hasnt all been positive. How has the 13-year-old singer been handling the instafame and backlash? Below Ark Music Factorys brightest star opens up to the Orange County Register and Good Morning America, and lets just say she wont be gettin down because of the haters out there.
Were impressed by Rebeccas grounded approach to dealing with online bullying. Lets face it, if she can brush off harsh criticism while just starting out, she might have a long career ahead of her.
We only wish the Register had asked the songstress to settle her songs philosophical question once and for all: which seat will she take? Front seat or back seat?
Heres the musical calendar on Good Morning America as well this Friieeee-daaaay, Friiiieee-daaaay morning, where she asks Justin Bieber to do a duet with her. (Keep dreaming, honey. Chris Brown might be down, though!)
This song is the worst song I ever heard, even deaf people are complaining, the GMA reporter says right to Rebeccas face, reading some Internet complaints of her song. I will never get this song out of my head, OMG.
I consider that an accomplishment, says the infinitely sunny Rebecca. This girl is maybe the most optimistic person weve ever seen.
By Erika Brooks Adickman on Fri Mar 18 2011