Rebecca Black is once again going viral. Nearly a decade ago, 13-year-old Black’s song ‘Friday’ launched the young teen to fame. But not in the way she ever expected. Black was instantly mocked by millions online and even on late-night television by hosts like Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert.
The end-of-the-week celebration song was criticized for its nasally sounding and repetitive verses. ‘Friday’ was instantly dubbed the most annoying song to date at that time and still makes lists for worst songs ever made and worst musicians. ARK Music Factory released the music video in 2011. Consequentially, the video was removed after a legal dispute between Black and ARK. By then, the viral video garnered 166 million views on Youtube and was later reposted in September of that year, where it now has 139 million views. The video currently stands on Youtube with 3.6 million thumbs down to 1.1 thumbs up ratio.
The now 22-year-old Black wants to be remembered for something other than the song that broke her. Black took to Twitter on Monday, the 9th anniversary of the song’s release.
She wrote: “9 years ago today, a music video for a song called ‘Friday’ was uploaded to the internet. Above all things, I just wish I could go back and talk to my 13-year-old self who was terribly ashamed of herself and afraid of the world,” she opened up, “to my 15-year-old self who felt like she had nobody to talk to about the depression she faced. To my 17-year-old self who would get to school only to get food thrown at her and her friends, to my 19-year-old self who had almost every producer/songwriter tell me they’d never work with me.”
She concluded, “I’m trying to remind myself more and more that every day is a new opportunity to shift your reality and lift your spirit. You are not defined by anyone choice or thing time heals, and nothing is finite,” she wrote. “It’s a process that’s never too late to begin. And so, here we go! this might be a weird thing to post, but the honesty feels good if nothing else.”
Shockingly, Twitter exploded with support. Black’s revelation received thousands of encouraging replies. We’ll wait and see what comes next for the young artist. She released a single ‘Sweetheart’ last October.