by Rebecca Black
Music nowadays is a much different thing that it was twenty years ago. It’s becoming more repetitive and auto tuned to the point where anyone can do it with the help of a computer. There is a new song out that shows what exactly what music has come to. Friday by Rebecca Black has been one of the most controversial songs over the past few weeks. The song is about a teenage girl who is happy it is Friday. It has taken criticism from numerous critics and has been discussed on shows like Good Morning America and Tosh.0.
Rebecca Black is a 13 year old American teenager who is the main singer of the song Friday. She lives in Anaheim, California, and had no prior singing career until this song went viral. She is now probably known by a large percentage of teenagers who have access to the internet, even if she doesn’t want to be. She may also be referred to as the “worst singer ever,” “worse than Justin Bieber,” “or the reason my ears hurt.”
This song started out on youtube.com and has become so popular, for all the wrong reasons, it is now sold on iTunes and has sold tens of millions of downloads. The song has become so well known that it has over 61 million views on youtube.com and has the video was only uploaded a month and a half ago. It’s been criticized because of the lyrics, music video, Rebecca Black’s age and voice, and other numerous reasons.
The lyrics to this song are for the most part quite superficial. For a fair share of the song, the lyrics don’t make any sense, and when the lyrics do make sense, they are obvious, repetitive, or just downright boring. The song primarily runs through the order of the days in a week, a student’s routine on a Friday morning, and where to sit in a car full of her friends. She seems to put together phrases about things and didn’t alter them to be grammatically correct. For example,
R-B, Rebecca Black/So chillin’ in the front seat (In the front seat)/In the back seat (In the back seat)/I’m drivin’, cruisin’ (Yeah, yeah)/Fast lanes, switchin’ lanes/Wit’ a car up on my side (Woo!)/(C’mon) Passin’ by is a school bus in front of me/Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream/Check my time, it’s Friday, it’s a weekend/We gonna have fun, c’mon, c’mon, y’all.
The music video to this song also contributes to a lot of criticism. It starts out with her getting out of bed and ready for school. Then, while waiting at the bus stop, she sees her friends who are all driving in a car. Problem here is that, if she is thirteen, her friends from school most likely don’t have their licenses and don’t know how to drive. The video also doesn’t help fix this problem because her friends don’t look old enough to drive either. Then, it shows her going to a party that looks like a party that would be stereotypically hosted by high school students, which if she is thirteen, may be hard to believe and portray the message that she is trying to be older than she thinks she is. The next part that is confusing is when a rapper who looks very similar to usher is shown driving in a car and does a rap that doesn’t make sense grammatically. (Quoted above) Lastly, she ends by singing for a crowd of people who have appeared out of now where. Overall leave the viewer of the video wondering about what has happened, because she was talking about going to school and then ends up singing for a crowd.
The tune of this song is catchy, but extremely repetitive. Also, Rebecca Black’s voice is quite monotone making the song more repetitive by not having a change in notes and sound. There are not many identifiable instruments playing in the background to the song, so it seems it was all done on the computer. One of my biggest problems with this song is that there is no rhyme scheme to the song, though she has several occasions to rhyme and doesn’t. It shows inexperience and makes it easy to criticize.
Rebecca Black is not the worst singer in the world, I believe. I personally think that the reason she is getting so much criticism is because she had no credibility, so no one knew who she was or if she could actually sing. And, the fact that the song is auto tuned to monotone makes the listener think that she is trying to hide something The song would still be questionable of someone famous were to sing it, so the fact that Rebecca Black, a young vulnerable 13 year old girl tried to come out of nowhere and sing it is why she is getting so much criticism.
The comments about this song have gotten completely out of hand. It has gotten to the point where there are hundreds of comments a minute and over 90% of them are not nice to say the least. There have been threats, complaints, and utter disturbing harassment left for everyone to see under the comments thread on the video on youtube.com. Rebecca Black and her family were interviewed on Good Morning America about how they felt about these comments. Reactions ranged from Rebecca’s tears, annoyance and her mother admitting she wanted to kill people at times. Today there are almost a million comments on her youtube.com page and they are getting much worse, but at the time she was interviewed she said the most disturbing was “I hope you cut yourself. I hope you get an eating disorder so you can be pretty. And I hope you go cut and die.”
This video shows people that you can’t just post anything on the internet and not pay the consequences. The intention of this song and video was to make Rebecca Black famous, which it has, unfortunately for her. I think it will be a valuable lesson for youtube.com users, be careful what you put on the internet.