Sadly, the overzealous bullying of Rebecca Black and her viral sensation â€śFriday,â€ť has not been limited to the Internet.
Just like everyone else, I nearly wet myself laughing at how ungodly awful the song was. Yes, it was overproduced, cheesy, and actually kind of disturbing. I couldnâ€™t believe it was real. It rang all kinds of alarm bells, even for manufactured teeny bopper pop â€“ but things got out of control.
Forums, websites, blogs and the social networks went completely banana-sandwich with hate. The parodies began to flood the web, which were viewed by the millions.
But the level of vitriol and the fire behind some of the comments was worse than her music. People made it their full time jobs to rag on her. She became a household name, and even tried to remove the song from her repertoire in an effort to reboot her short career.
Now weâ€™re learning that she has withdrawn from school because of bullying by her classmates. Her journey has now gone from amusing to horribly sad.
Black and her mother claim that other students would taunt her on Fridays, and sing her song to her in a mocking manner.
Her mother says: â€śIt’s hard to go to school when you are so famous and to have kids constantly making fun of what’s going onâ€¦â€ť
They even claim she still receives death threats. Unbelievable. But Rebecca is not curling up into a little ball and giving up. She says:
â€śI’ve had a lot of experience with not being liked and all thatâ€¦ I think if I hadn’t had to deal with that in the past â€¦ I would have gone down in burning flames. But I’ve learned that you just can’t let it get to you.”
Well said. Will I be bullied for saying Iâ€™m starting to admire this girl?
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