This week’s “theme” for lack of a better word wasn’t originally supposed to be this, but last Friday the twitters were spreading the name Rebecca Black around like useless gossip around a workplace (another topic for another day). I’ve been showing the video around to people because apparently those who aren’t narcissistic enough to tweet, haven’t heard of it. Pretty much I start LMFAOing (yes, how lame am I. It’s 2003, right?) when the chorus starts. Usually people give this weird look like, “What the… Why the… Huh? What the fu…?”, which is pretty much the only reason why I laugh. An idea came up about recording responses with a webcam or something, but two problems exist; it’s been done before and most everyone I have shown was on a smartphone. The song itself is mildly subpar, which was written by Ark Music Factory; and the video was a performance that her mom paid for (as many aspiring actors/actresses’ parents do, or is it many parents’ with aspirations of childrearing a star?). Said video was then up for a few weeks so that family and friends could view, then the memesters picked it up and rocked the Twitterverse with such a magnitude that the world has not seen since 3/11 (Too soon? Well, just like BP; I’m sorry). Yet Rebecca, despite having a backlash of haters posting “comment” things on Youtube and facespace, appears to be less fazed by it. And iTunes has sold over 2 million downloads of that one song, with Forbes calculating that she already has earned about $1mil just from having a song online for such a short time. While I agree with many that the song is annoying in general, I still commend her for having enough cohonas for keeping that video up there; after all the negative comments, the backlash and (I presume) mostly empty hopes that she dies. Some people wouldn’t.
And as to what she plans on doing with that extra cashflow: school arts programs and the Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami relief efforts. At least she’s giving some money. Wells Fargo threw up a “donation box” and notice on their ATM’s; I mistook this notice as a “this ATM may have been broken into/tampered/inproperly modified” warnings.