Every once in a while YouTube will launch the careers of big stars. Justin Bieber was discovered on youtube. That kid Greyson Chance is now blowing up after he uploaded a video of himself doing a cover of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi."
But every once in a while the internet gives us less than awesome "talent" that somehow turn themselves into real life celebrities. I'm looking at you, Rebecca Black.
Rebecca Black became famous for her heavily auto-tuned youtube video for her song "Friday" where she rhymed "seat" with "seat," sang about eating cereal, and styled the entire video from Wet Seal. Now that the world has been subjected to her brilliance, she won’t seem to go away.
Say what you want about Black's talents (or lack thereof) but her "Friday" video had 167 million views. Black talked to ABC news about her newfound fame.
"It's hard because everyone wants to say 'Oh my God, I'm this big star now,'" Black said. "But I don't see it that way. I'm still the same 14-year-old girl that loves to hang out with her friends."
Other things that haven't changed: She still can't sing, still thinks rhyming is saying the same word twice, and STILL can't decide which seat in the convertible to take.
Some things have changed though. She had a brief cameo in Katy Perry's music video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)," has since released a second single titled "My Moment," and was the choice Web Star at the Teen Choice Awards this weekend.
But like every Hollywood story, there's a dark side to all the fame (I feel like I'm writing the Rebecca Black E! True Hollywood story right now). Not surprisingly, Black was teased by her classmates after the "Friday" video went viral.
"When I walk by they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice." Black says.
"For anyone who's been bullied or being bullied right now, I've been there," she says,"I know how they feel. It really sucks being bullied... one thing you can't do is let them stop you from doing what you want to do."
Just because 3.1 million people "dislike" a youtube video of you singing, you should NEVER let that stop you from making more youtube videos of yourself singing. Perseverance is one way of describing it. Dumb is another way of describing it.
It was all the haterz that prompted Rebecca Black to record "My Moment" which boasts lyrics like "Weren't you the one who said that I would be nothing. And now I'm about to prove you wrong."
And prove us wrong she did! Even music icons appear to like Black. Somehow, Lady Gaga called her "genius."
"I say Rebecca Black is a genius, and anyone that says she is cheesy is full of sh-t," Lady Gaga says at a Musicians@Google event.
Well, looks like I'm full of sh-t then.
A full interview with Rebecca Black will appear on ABC tonight on "Primetime Nightline: Celebrity Secrets" at 10pm.