It’s been a whirlwind two weeks for young Rebecca Black, the 13-year-old girl who launched a thousand blog posts with her viral hit “Friday.” Not only has Black gotten the world’s attention with what has been called the “worst song ever,” she’s poised to make up to a million dollars off the Internet’s ridicule. Black was initially hurt by all the mean comments she received online, but has since learned to appreciate the many parodies of her laughably goofy track. A YouTuber posing as Black made a big splash last week with “Prom Night,” the first notable parody of “Friday” to be released. (The video has since been taken down because of a copyright claim by Ark Music Factory.)
I have to give Black (and her parents) a lot of credit for handling all of this attention very gracefully. Black was elegant and sweet in her appearance on The Tonight Show and is obviously a very good-natured kid (who really does just like to party and have fun!). She’s proven, I think, that she has the business savvy at a tender age to turn what could have been a tragedy into triumph. (I mean, with Lady Gaga on your side, what more do you need?)
That said, I still think it’s funny to make fun of “Friday,” and being that it is Friday, I thought I’d share with you what has become the definitive satire of the song. Idolator says, “We hope this marks the end of parodying the philanthropic pop starlet’s T.G.I.F. ode, because there’s simply no way to top this one.” With that in mind, please enjoy “Gang Fight,” a brilliant re-interpretation of “Friday” based on what a bad lip-reader would assume the lyrics are if they watched the video on mute.
I think we have to give all of the kids at Ark Music Factory a break, because if the last two weeks have taught me anything, it’s that for the current generation of teens, these Ark music videos are my generation’s music-video-recorded-in-a-sound-booth-at-the-State-Fair-and-brought-home-on-VHS. I’m sure many of us who are parents now have tapes of ourselves doing our best take of any number of New Kids or Madonna songs. The only difference between what we were doing in the 80′s and 90′s and what the Ark kids are doing now is that they don’t have to corral everyone into the living room on Christmas to watch their paltry attempt at stardom; they can simply upload their finished product to YouTube and share with the world. If we had today’s technology back then (and an extra 2000 bucks laying around), any of us would be Rebecca Black. Here’s me singing a parody of Katy Perry’s Firework for The Key of Awesome - proof that deep down we all just wanna be pop stars.