I was devastated when I received my first negative reviews in national publications, at the age of 24. I can’t imagine how horrible it is to be thirteen and an object of immense, international ridicule.
“Friday” is more than bad. It’s ludicrous. It illustrates a kind of shiny blandness, cheerful boringness, that’s all over the place in our culture. It’s a perfect parody of Disney product intended for tweens. Its stupidity is surreal. It’s absolutely appropriate to mock it.
It also means that a thirteen year old girl that’s essentially an innocent bystander—she looks like a prop in that video, placed like a chair on a set—is taking a massive psychic beatdown.
It’s tempting to say that stepping into the cultural current is to anticipate, and accept, devastating consequences. It’s also tempting to scold her parents for putting her in this position. These are both disingenuous. There’s no implicit contract that exchanges exposure for an acceptance of cruelty, and nobody could expect that, within 36 hours—neck-snapping speed!—their child would be, in the world’s focus, absolutely on par with Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. I’ve never recorded a song considering the possibility of being a worldwide monster meme on the day I post it.
Oh, yeah - to be honest, Rebecca’s voice is rather nice. It’s the….’song’ that ARK gave her that is so utterly vile and disgusting.
Which means you’ve nailed it; Ms. Black IS naught more than a prop, just another visual ingredient in the travesty that *ARK* inflicted upon us; THEY are the ones that either wrote, or BOUGHT that song, THEY are the ones that gave it to her to sing, and THEY are the ones that took the misshapen offspring that was begat by the filming of Rebecca trying to sing that ‘song’ the best she could, and shoved it under our noses by putting it out on teh intarweebs.
…and they got the prop to pay them for the priveledge.
I, for one, would be interested in this tween singing something decent, but as for ARK? I’d really, really love for it to turn out the CEO’s been evading taxes and embezzling money from the company, so it folds and the villians responsible for making a good idea (no worse than Fantasy Baseball Camp) such a horrible, horrible victimization of almost everyone involved imprisoned and unable to repeat their crimes against art and beauty.
A cigarette will not make the people I work with smarter or less a bunch of assholes.
No, and despite your pharmacologically-induced compulsion to otherwise, smoking one will reduce neither your hatred of them, nor any desire to end their misbegotten, cause-more-problems-than-they-solve existences. Nicotine is a stimulant, not a sedative/relaxant…