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Did avalanche of insults for Rebecca Black's YouTube video "Friday" = cyberbullying?

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March

photo-of-rebecca-black-pictures.jpgPop star in the making Rebecca Black just stumbled on the best and worst things about succeeding in social media.

Her catchy pop tune Friday has exploded online, with more than 16-million views on YouTube and sales on iTunes rivalling established acts like Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber.

But that instant success also has brought an avalanche of instant criticism for her simple song, cobbled together by the Ark Music Factory in Los Angeles, using liberal doses of auto-tuned vocals and super-rudimentary lyrics.

New Kids on the Block and Britney Spears never had to build a kiddie pop career in the age of Twitter and Facebook; now Black is telling ABC's Good Morning America and the Orange County Register how it feels to be a 13-year-old kid excoriated by Internet posters worldwide as the worst singer on the globe.

Check the GMA story and the original video below; does she deserve all the flak?

 

[Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2011 6:31pm]

    

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