Rebecca Black – Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Rebecca Black responds to ‘Friday’ YouTube video backlash: ‘It feels like I’m being cyberbullied’
Rebecca Black, the newest YouTube sensation thanks to an abysmally catchy song called “Friday,” is feeling the wrath of her new-found fame.
Though “Friday” has rocketed to more than 16 million views within the past week, backlash against the video’s campy style and annoying auto-tuning has been just as widespread – and Black is starting to feel the heat.
“Those hurtful comments really shocked me,” Black told The Daily Beast. “At times, it feels like I’m being cyberbullied.”
The 13-year-old revealed the worst comment she’s received thus far on “Good Morning America” Friday.
She said she was told, “I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you get an eating disorder so you’ll look pretty.”
Though the teen has admitted the hatred coming her way has made her cry, she has refused to pull “Friday” from YouTube.
“I decided not to give the haters the satisfaction that they got me so bad I gave up,” Black said.
The song and its video were produced as part of a $2,000 package her mother, Georgina Kelly, bought at a Los Angeles vanity production company for aspiring teen singers called Ark Music Factory.
Contrary to rumors, Black did not write the song’s lyrics. When producers gave her the choice of two songs, she picked “Friday” because she felt “like it was [her] personality in that song.”
In fact, amid all the negativity, the California native still believes “Friday” is an “accomplishment.”
“Even a person that doesn’t like it, it’s gonna be stuck in their head,” Black said. “That’s the point of it. It’s a catchy song.”