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Those that have been on the Internet at any point within the past week, have probably come across a link with the caption, “This is the greatest song ever,” or “Her lyrics are so heartfelt.”
Curious souls have probably clicked that link. After all, who wants to miss out on new good heartfelt music? After all, it’s pretty hard to come across.
Maybe some people even start thinking, “Well, maybe my opinion about the current state of the music industry was wrong.” Those who have wondered that can rest easy because they were spot on.
It turns out this promising link is actually the 00’s version of a rickroll; a misleading link that promises to show the viewer something “amazing.”
The protagonist of this wonder, er, horrendous video, is a 13-year-old girl named Rebecca Black. Judging by her name, it doesn’t sound that bad. After all, she does seem to have a very inspiring and educational video.
The video opens with a series of graphics that could have very well been designed by a middle schooler, which shows a datebook with the pages turning, representing days of the week, as they fly by.
During that painfully ill scene, the viewer gets their first encounter with the auto-tuned voice of Black, as she engages in a dramatic series of ooohs and aaahs.
When finally reaching the Friday page, the book scene ends, revealing the fact that it’s 7 a.m. The rest is history. Black begins addressing some important issues in her life. After all, the girl has to be fresh. She also has to go downstairs, get her bowl and have her cereal.
As people begin rushing around her, she also decides she has to get down to the bus stop, but little does she know, her plan is about to go terribly wrong.
Even though she seems so keen on taking the bus, her friends, who look all of 13-years-old, pull up in front of her in a convertible. Who can resist a convertible? Of course, the bus plan goes right out the window and Black’s attention immediately shifts to the vehicle, where she encounters a huge dilemma: which seat should she take? The fact that there’s only one seat left in the car at that point is completely irrelevant. The girl is faced with choices here! She could take the trunk, or the windshield. The possibilities are endless.
After finally deciding on the only seating option available, the kids advance, wind blowing in their hair and the worst part of the video takes hold.
The lyrics, “It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Everyone’s looking forward to the weekend, weekend,” begin their sickening merry-go-round ride in the viewer’s head.
After happily screaming about “partying” and “fun,” Black finds herself cruising down the highway at 7:45 a.m., alongside her friend, an awkward-looking girl dressed in pink. She specifically mentions her friend on the right, even though another ’tween girl is “partyin’ partyin’” on her left.
It’s okay, little girl in red, even though Black isn’t paying attention to you, at least you’re not currently being bullied on every social networking site possible!
Sadly, Black still hasn’t resolved her dilemma. She’s still wondering what seat to take! Tsk tsk. At least she has her days of the week straight. The lyrics say so: “Yesterday was Thursday. Today is Friday. Tomorrow is Saturday. And Sunday comes afterwards.”
Finally, the group reaches the party that Black has been so excited about throughout the entire video. She finds herself in an awkward situation, as her friend walks by and slaps her on inappropriate parts of the body. To complete the distasteful vibe of the video, the screen is filled by the face of a 30-something-year-old Usher doppelganger who engages in a rap about switching lanes, cruisin’ in the front seat, in the back seat, and of course, his happiness about the fact that … IT’S FRIDAY.
In the end, Black gives a party performance, where absolutely everybody shares her enthusiasm about the weekend. The enthusiasm really shines through when Black ends the song and the applause starts roaring on the screen.
It makes a person wonder how many Internet viewers have shared that enthusiasm, and actually started applauding once the video ended.
There is a lesson that can be learned from this horrid video. When you’re feeling slightly blue, sit down, relax, pull up the “Friday” song on Youtube and enjoy the show. Then just say, “It could be worse. I could be Rebecca Black.”
- MADALINA CIUCA