Rebecca Black, the creator of the viral song “Friday” in 2011, has gathered the courage to try and make a career for herself. Seven years ago, Black uploaded a music video online and it soon went viral, but for all of the wrong reasons.
Rebecca became the subject of widespread torment and bullying online, with some people even sending her death threats. The comments and remarks were so severe that the police had to step in to ensure her safety.
After the online assault consisting of dozens of parody videos, Black is taking to the stage once again to try and kickstart her career after her disastrous beginning seven years ago.
The 20-year-old singer competed on the American singing show, The Four: Battle For Stardom. Black said it felt as if she was getting a shot at redeeming herself. During her appearence on the series, Black explained what made her decide to make the video.
According to Fox News, her parents paid $2075 to a company to record the song, and they used the family home and friends as extras for the music video; it was supposed to be a fun way to spend a week off of school.
Even though she enjoyed making the music video, it effectively derailed her life after it spread online. Black said, “no one can you prep you for that kind of thing.”
Black spoke about the death threats and said they were so bad that she almost chose to stop with music altogether. The criticism was too vicious.
The criticism was “something so brutal” because people were telling her that she didn’t “belong there.” The star said “there definitely was a moment” where she chose to nearly give up.
As for her performance in the televised competition, Rebecca sang her version of NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye,” and lost to James Graham. Even though she was defeated, Black took to Twitter later to say she wouldn’t be giving up so soon.