Former YouTube sensation Rebecca Black has admitted that her viral hit “Friday” made her “afraid of the world”.
In 2011, Black’s self-funded video, which was made for $4,000, became an internet meme. It became YouTube’s most disliked clip for several months, after going viral amid mockery about its quality.
As a result of the video’s virality, Black, then 13, was subjected to death threats and trolling.
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Now 22, Black took to Twitter to make a statement about her experience, writing: “9 years ago today a music video for a song called ‘Friday’ was uploaded to the internet. Above all things, I just wish I could go back and talk to my 13 year old self who was terribly ashamed of herself and afraid of the world.”
“To my 15 year old self who felt like she had no one to talk to about the depression she faced. To my 17 year old self who would go to school only to get food thrown at her and her friends.
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