Rebecca Black Pulled From School Due To Bullying
It's hardly shockingnews that some on the Internet hate Rebecca Black. With her "Friday" videogetting well over a hundred million hits on YouTube, it's no surprise she has afew in-person haters, too. Unfortunately, among them are some of Black'sschoolmates. Their taunting has finally resulted in Black being pulled fromschool.
Black's mother hasdecided to home school the 14-year-old from now on, a new decision which also allowsmore time to focus on her daughter's career. But the teen seems zen about heralarming circumstances. The online anti-Rebecca comments became so violent atone point the FBI became involved when Black started receiving death threats.But now that the bullying has branched off the internet and into her real life,Black has been forced to act.
In an interview set to air tonight, Wednesday, on ABC, Blackopens up about the real-life, non-Internet-based criticism she receives. "When I walkby, they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice," shetells ABC. "Or, you know, they'll be like, 'Oh hey, Rebecca, guesswhat day it is?'"
If anything, Black is a poster child for how to handlesudden online fame and scrutiny. The teen has a remarkably thick skin. Perhapsshe is more fit for fame than anyone is willing to admit.
"I've had a lot of experience with not being liked and all that,"she tells ABC. "I think if I hadn't had to deal with that in the past,then I totally would have handled this differently and I would have gone downin burning flames. But I've learned that you just can't let it get toyou."
Now, she says, fans surround her wherever she goes, and she travelswith her own entourage of a publicist, manager, stylist, and, yes, bodyguard.Not letting the spotlight dim on her just yet, her "My Moment" follow-up videohas reached more than 22 million views in the past three weeks (YouTube even gaveher a "Rebecca" account name). She recently [url=http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/stopthepresses/392238/fun-fun-fun-fun-rebecca-black-joins-katy-perry-onstage-for-friday-performance/;_ylt=ArAi5aO.WWy9gyGmViQaiPgexCUv]performed"Friday" onstage at Katy Perry's concert[/url] (and appeared in Katy's "LastFriday Night" video), and she counts Lady Gaga as a fan. While Black has onlymade enough money to cover her future college tuition--and she's certainlyspending more than that on videos and career nurturers right now--she's one ofthe few online sensations who could successfully harness the unending power ofhaters to her own advantage.
Rebecca Black's interview airs tonight on the "PrimetimeNightline: Celebrity Secrets" special "Underage and Famous" at 10/9c on ABC.
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