I know I am late the this entire phenomenon, but I think things have gone on long enough. About a month ago, I - like many others - was referred to YouTube to experience "Friday" by a young lady named Rebecca Black. "Isn't this the worst thing ever?" I was asked. Honestly, I didn't know what to say. The lyrics, which I attended to first, are...bad. Maybe even dumb. However, at this point, I think this girl deserves a defense.
In this Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, "gotta-document-every-moment-of-my-life" culture, the deepest desire of our poor young people is to be heard, seen, noticed - known. That's why we have so many YouTube videos and screenshots of kids looking at their laptop pin-hole cameras. What Rebecca did was exactly what everyone else is doing; except, she has gotten noticed. As I write this, it looks like she has almost 100 million views for this little number. There are horrible things written about her - vicious, scandalous and mean things. In light of the culture that I just described, though, they all smack of jealousy.
Is this "the worst thing ever" posted on YouTube or the Internet? Not at all. At worst, it is banal. At best, it's kind of catchy (I bet our teens can sing at least some of it!). But can we blame Rebecca for producing this? No. If anyone is to blame, it might be her "producer," who also pops up looking like Usher in the car in the video. But she is still a kid - part of the same culture as all our kids - and she is subject to the same desires, dreams and difficulties as everyone else.
So, folks, knock it off. After all, it's Friday!