Nine years ago, in 2011, the now 22-year-old Rebecca Black became an overnight internet star (?) by redefining “earworm” and creating a million memes (Did memes even exist then?) with her song Friday. Rebecca was only 13 years old then, and yesterday, she took a break from practicing for her audition for a local production of Chicago (that’s why she’s dressed like that, right?) to commemorate the 9th anniversary of Friday by telling everyone that it almost destroyed her life the same way it almost destroyed your nerves.
In case you had the song and HIGH ART video washed from your brain, and really want it to sink back into the crevices of your mind, here you go:
Friday got 166 million views before the original video was yanked off of YouTube in June 2011 due to a legal dispute between ARK Music (the shady company behind the song) and Rebecca Black over the rights to the song. It was uploaded again in September 2011 on Rebecca Black’s YouTube Channel.
The song brought on many covers and parodies, and it also brought on bullying directed at Rebecca and so she had to be homeschooled.
Rebecca tweeted about the song yesterday and said she wishes she could go back in time and have a heart-to-heart with her younger self.
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. 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. hell, to myself a few days ago who felt disgusting when she looked in the mirror! 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 any one choice or thing. time heals and nothing is finite. 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.
After getting love for that tweet, Rebecca thanked her supporters:
okay so i just got back on twitter and i am just so blown away and confused and grateful at the messages you guys have been sending to me in response to this. i could have never imagined support like this. that you a million times i just wanna cry!! (happily!!!) https://t.co/SOxFLJhjD9
— Rebecca Black (@MsRebeccaBlack) February 11, 2020
To think, if Friday came out today, in the age of millionaire influencer tweens, it’d probably be a much different story for Rebecca Black. She’d be laughing at her bullies while giving her millions of followers a tour of the room in her Calabasas McMansion that’s wallpapered with her face all over it. What I’m saying is that Rebecca Black ran so that Jojo Siwa could fly.