A couple of days ago, I saw a headline on Yahoo: “Rebecca Black Under Police Protection After Death Threats.” Believe me, I find “Friday” as annoying as the next person, and I’m not about to put on black eyeliner and cry “leave Rebecca alone,” but come on. Maybe lyrics like “yesterday was Thursday, today it is Friday” are far from a work of genius, but Rebecca didn’t write the song. She was merely a thirteen-year-old girl going after a dream. What did she ever do to deserve something as extreme as death threats?
The two death threats she received, one over the phone and one over email, don’t include the numerous hateful YouTube comments she’s gotten. The Internet can be great—after all, it has allowed Rebecca to earn her fame and a whole lot of money—but cyberbullying continues to be an issue in this society. How can it stop when technology continues to evolve? And what possesses some people to be cruel enough to send death threats to a thirteen year old girl when she did absolutely nothing wrong?
By Andrea Trierweiler