If you have access to the Internet and have been alive during these past couple of weeks, chances are you know who Rebecca Black is. If you don't, please, stop reading this article and Google "Rebecca Black" or simply click this to watch this video. (Though, I could spare you by saying DON'T click the link, but you will anyway.)
So if you've (now) seen the video, I'm pretty sure we can agree on something: that was an, um, unique video.
Apparently, a lot of people in the United States and the Internet community think so too. But, it's not because it was a hit equivalent to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." No. A lot of people--and I mean a lot of people--think that this is an awful song. If you don't believe it (you must be her number one fan if you don't), just check out the comments underneath the youTube video.
Now, some of those comments range from mild criticism, to "ouch". (On an interview she had at ABC, she said that one of the worst comments was something on the lines like, "I hope you cut yourself and I hope you'll get an eating disorder so you look pretty...")
Well, most people say that this is a terrible video, but they fail to explain why the video is so ridiculous. I will explain these points here.
At the start, Black sings a sustained, "yeah." Right of the bat, we have the first problem: her voice is insanely altered by that thing called auto-tune. When Black opens her mouth and that sound comes out, people might be confused that they might be listening to a humpback whale's mating call. Unfortunately, this feature isn't turned off as the song continues, so her singing sounds like she's casting a hypnotic spell on the viewer of the video--it's so annoying, it's hard to close the youTube window. When the chorus kicks in, it sounds like she's talking about "fried eggs" and not "Friday." Well, there's a reason why Kanye West ditched that awful tool in making his music.
In any song that isn't purely instrumental, the lyrics are a big part of the song. Occasionally, the beat might be so good that someone can get away with the lyrics--Rebecca Black is not one of those people.
In the video, Black starts singing about being "fresh" in the morning. Hmm, not bad. But soon afterwards, she talks about how she has to have her "bowl" and "cereal." So less than 30 seconds into the song, an many an eyebrow will cock up in response to these lyrics. But soon after Rebecca gets her breakfast, she talks about walking to the bus stop. But at the bus stop, her friends drive by. She ponders,"What seat should I take?" Though, in the video, the car looks packed, so I don't think she would have a choice of sitting in the front or the back.
Anyway, the chorus goes like this:
It's Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend
Gettin' down on Friday
Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend
Partyin', partyin' (Yeah)
Partyin', partyin' (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin' forward to the weekend
If music and its lyrics are supposed to be some sort of expression of life, I think anyone who heard this might have died a little inside.
The part of the song that most wanted to make viewer slap themselves in the face was when Rebecca black explains the day's of the week. "Yesterday was Thursday/ Today is Friday/ We so excited, we so excited.../Tomorrow is Saturday/And Sunday comes afterwards"
Well at first it didn't seem so bad, until she sings "We so excited." Well, the only people that I've heard so far who can get away with using improper English like that are rappers because they make it sound somewhat good in their lyrics--Rebecca Black is not a rapper. And after, she tells everyone what comes after Friday and Saturday. Was that really necessary? I think she might have ruined the surprise days of the week. But now, I think most of us are wondering, "Rebecca Black, why don't you tell us what comes after Sunday?"
First off, I'd like to say that for a production of around $2000, the creators of this music video did a really good job in creating the graphics, camera shots, and angles. But, the direction of the video was overall, mediocre.
For instance, when she says she says her friends in the beginning of the song, they come cruising down the road in a Chrysler Sebring. Then one realizes that Rebecca Black is only 13, meaning she is in only in middle school. So, unless she is hanging out with high school juniors, I don't think it's safe to get into that car. "Which seat should I take?" Myabe you should take the bus, Rebecca.
Also, when she's on the highway at night (probably with a 13-year-old driving), she and her friends dance in the back seat. But, her friends don't dance very well or enthusiastically. In the end, it makes the scene look too fake, and her video even more awkward. (Just look at the friend to the left of her. The only time I saw a person dance like that was when my aunt forced my cousin onto the dance floor at a wedding.)
Most disturbing however, was the rapper scene. First off, we don't know who he is--just an older guy. In fact, he's a little too old to be rapping with Rebecca black and her posse of 13-year-old partygoers. If one doesn't pay attention to his lyrics (with lines like"fast lanes, switching lanes," they are no better than Black's), one finds his inclusion in the video a little creepy. Well, I was already concerned with 13-year-olds driving and partying on a Friday night. The adult rapper just makes me wonder.
Well, Rebecca Black is now an internet sensation. Most people criticize her, and some people love her. (Despite what people said about her, her song was one of the most downloaded in iTunes for a couple of weeks.) In any case, hopefully she didn't ruin your, um, day that comes after Thursday.