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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rebecca Black's Life is Ruined

We've all seen the infamous Friday music video. The song performed by the 14 year old Rebecca Black became a viral hit because when it was declared by media sources (such as Rolling Stone) as the worst song of all time.

That's when the haters became widespread. These people were not content giving the video a low ranking on YouTube or posting their disliking of the song. It became fashionable to criticize the young girl herself. Horrible people began bullying her directly and death threats were placed on the girls life.

These evil people were actually openly saying that they wanted to kill the girl. These sentiments were echoed not by a few extremists, but were agreed with by hundreds of people online.

All over not liking a music video from a 14 year old amateur musician.
Recently, Rebecca dropped out of school because of all of this. Her classmates haven't stopped mocking or bullying the girl. Publicity was equally miserable from total strangers. To avoid all of this, Rebecca's parents took her out of her school and have started to home school her.

All because of the harassment she received. From everyone. For a poorly recorded YouTube video.

What does this mean for society? What does this say about us, that we collectively virtually ruined a young girls' life over a bad song?

I honestly don't know. All I can say is that I too disliked the song. However, I did not say anything bad online against the girl, nor would I ever say anything to her face to face. I'm honestly disappointed for my fellow Americans that we've done something as terrible as shatter a child's self worth and possibly destroy her future.

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  1. I like the usage of "leave brittney alone" replaced by Rebecca. Classic.

  2. Seeing this makes me want to skip from Thursday to Saturday, and make Monday come afterwarrrrrrrdddddsssss.